RODOLFO “RUDY” LOPEZ
Tue, 2014-03-25 19:32 News Staff
MCALLEN - Rodolfo “Rudy” Lopez, 80, beloved husband, father and grandfather peacefully entered his eternal rest Tuesday, March 18, at his home in McAllen, surrounded by his loving family and beloved pet, Clarisse, following a lengthy battle with cancer. Rudy was the youngest of six children born in Hidalgo, Texas, to Antonio & Angelita Lopez. He was a 1952 graduate of PSJA High School and later married his high school sweetheart, Alicia Morales and were married for 59 wonderful years. Rudy was a member of the Texas State National Guard where he rose to the rank of Captain. He was a devout Catholic and fourth degree Knight of Columbus with our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church of McAllen. He and his wife established a successful propane distributorship for 59 years. Rudy served on the Board of Directors of Sharyland Water Supply Corporation for 40 years, twenty-five of those serving as President. Rudy is preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Angelita Lopez; a brother, Ramiro Lopez; and a sister, Guadalupe Cantu. Rudy is survived by his loving wife, Alicia Lopez (Morales); four children, Rudy Jr. (Karen) of League City, Texas, Vivian Kim (Mike) Guajardo of Houston, Texas, Rolando (Marla) of Chesterfield, Missouri, Jessica (Anacleto “Bo”) Botello of McAllen, Texas; three grandchildren, Nicole Lopez of Webster, Texas, Mike Guajardo, Jr. of Houston, Texas, and Christina (Juan) Moncada of Simpsonville, South Carolina; three sisters, Irene (+Adolfo) Benavidez of Pflugerville, Texas, Ofelia (Raul) Cavazos of McAllen, Texas, Dora (Raul) Ramirez of Pharr, Texas; and numerous nieces and nephews who he loved dearly. Visitation was held from 3 to 9 p.m., with a 7 p.m. rosary, Thursday, March 20, at Memorial Funeral Home, 208 E. Canton in Edinburg. Funeral mass was held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 21, at Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in McAllen with Monsignor Gus Barrera officiating. Interment followed at Palm Valley Memorial Gardens in Pharr. Funeral services were under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home in Edinburg. The family wishes to extend its profound gratitude to Dr. Scott Kopetz and Dr. Ryanne Coulson at MD Anderson, Cancer Center in Houston, TX, along with the talented staff of St. Jude’s Home Health Agency and IPH Hospice Care, Inc. for their extraordinary assistance and sincere reverence. Additionally, special thanks to David Deanda and Angie Vera-Oliva as well as the entire Lone Star National Bank staff for the continued and unwavering support.