Rudolpho Antonio Rodriguez (Rudy)

05/23/1954 — 10/13/2020

From West Richland, WA | Born in Toppenish, WA


Sat, October 24, 2020, 10:00 am
Sat, October 24, 2020, 11:00 am
Cemetery at Sunset
915 By-Pass Hwy Richland, WA US 99352
(509) 946-0803

Rudolpho Antonio Rodriguez (Rudy)

Rodolpho Antonio Rodriguez (Rudy) May 23rd, 1954-October 13th, 2020

Rudy is survived by his loving and devoted wife Karen Rodriguez of West Richland, his son Russell Rodriguez (wife, Liz) of Richland and his daughter Jennifer Knudson (husband, Erik) of Pasco. He will also be honored and remembered by his three adoring Grandsons Elijah and Vincent Rodriguez and Casey Knudson. He is preceded in death by his loving parents Charlie and Candida Rodriguez.

Heaven gained the most wonderful Angel, and our beloved Rudy gained his wings. Rudy was born in Toppenish and grew up in his favorite town West Richland WA. He spent his early days doing what most boys love, fishing, hunting, playing sports and an obsession with nice muscle cars. His parents Charlie and Candida raised him to love and embrace his surrounds and protect and honor his family name through thick and thin.

In 1976 he married the love of his life Karen and they started their family. God blessed them with two wonderful children who they adored and spent their lives devoting their every breath to. Rudy worked most of his career as a high voltage, sub-station electrician for Bonneville Power Administration. He and Karen worked countless hours supporting and providing for their children, but always remembered to stop and savor the most important things; BBQ’s, billiards, trips to Las Vegas, fishing for wall-eye and taking as many camping trips as possible. That is what made him the happiest. He had a passion for the Tri-Cities Water Follies aka “the boat races”. Rudy attended every boat race the Tri-Cities hosted. He followed stats of drivers and hydroplanes from the first day they came to town. He spent days cheering for the Yankees, Mariners and Seahawks as a loyal fan. He loved watching his son Russ play any sport he desired and daughter Jennifer cheerleading and riding her horse. He took the job being a Father/Grandfather the most serious, instilling respect and manners most importantly fun, love and comfort.

In his most recent years, Rudy enjoyed retirement and spending as many hours as possible watching his three Grandsons “do what they do”. A familiar face in the crowd of every game each one of them participated in. He almost never missed a game. He taught them how to ride 4-wheelers, catch muskie (or at least try) at his favorite vacation spot Curlew Lake. He showed off his bowling skills and taught them all his attention for detail when it came to mowing a lawn. He also spent countless hours with his best friend Lady, his yellow lab. The two had a very special bond.

Rudy’s heart was bigger than anyone in this world. He listened and remembered to every request of his Wife, Children and Grandchildren. Christmas was so fun with him, because he always bought the “perfect” gifts. He loved making everyone smile. Rudy had many friends who could always count on him. He was there for anyone who needed a hug, a laugh, a beer or shot of tequila. He was the true “life of the party” always. The biggest legacy he leaves is the desire to smile, have fun and spread joy to his family. He did this passionately and he fulfilled this way beyond measure.

He is truly missed by us all, but will remain forever in our hearts.

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  • Rudy and Karen are such good friends to Paula and I with many great memories. Had great times camping,dinners,playing pool and many other things. Going to miss my pool partner of many years. Rack em Rudy lets play one more.

    Jim and Paula
    November 11, 2020
    West Richland
  • So deeply sorry for the loss of Rudy, known him for a long time. Prayers to his sister and the family. Love Betty Fraley

    Betty Fraley
    October 25, 2020
  • We love you guys, Rudi was a special man. Always fun to be around and have a beer at coppertop. He will be dearly missed.

    The Hayward
    October 24, 2020
  • So sorry Karen and family for your loss

    Pat lamberson
    October 23, 2020
  • I will never forget the always smiling Rudy working on his 3 wheelers with a massive smile and a beer in hand. I hope you can reflect on a life well lived.
    Miss you all Adam Daniel

    Adam Daniel
    October 23, 2020
    Raglan New Zealand
  • Loved Rudy! He was an excellent husband to Karen. He was a great father to Russ and Jenny. And a wonderful grandfather to his three grandchildren. I was lucky to spend many years camping at Curlew with them, attended many sporting events for his kids and now watching the grandkids play sports! He will be greatly missed by me and our entire family! Love you Rudy! Rest in peace, gone to soon!

    Roberta Riley
    October 22, 2020
    Redmond, WA
  • So sorry for your loss. We had some great times with Rudy and family. The family is in our thoughts and prayers💞

    Jeff & Shay Gloyn
    October 22, 2020
  • Russ to you and your family sorry for your loss

    October 22, 2020
    West Richland
  • I am so sorry Liz and family. He sounds like the most wonderful man. You can see how truly loved her was. I hope and pray the memories will help you heal.

    Kathy Wilson
    October 22, 2020
    Yakima, Wa
  • Karen and family, we are so sorry to hear about Rudy. He was one of the nicest and funniest person ever. So fun seeing him at all the sport games. Even when our grandkids played against each other. He will be missed terribly. Prayers sent to all.

    Ken & Jackie Tucker
    October 21, 2020
    West Richland, Wa.
  • Karen, Russell and Jennie,
    Jess and I are so sorry to hear of your loss of Rudy. He was such a special person. Always a smile and happy. I know he will be missed by all. Prayers for your family and especially his grandsons.
    Nancie and Jess Daniel

    Jess and Nancie Daniel
    October 20, 2020
  • Butch and I will miss seeing Rudy walking and throwing the ball with his dog “LADY” almost daily. He was always busy in the yard doing something. I know he had a love for family because we could See his grand children riding the 4 wheelers and the BBQ gathering in the back yard. Prayers to the Family.

    October 20, 2020
    West Richland
  • Our deepest of sympathies to you all for the loss of Rudy. He was an amazing and kind man. He will truly be missed by all who had the opportunity in meeting him. Rest In Peace and Godspeed.

    Brion & Amanda Duffy
    October 20, 2020
    West Richland
  • You will most definitely be missed by the loving family you helped create Rudy. I am so proud of the grandsons including Casey that our families share. I will never forget the night you and Karen and David and I slept on the couches waiting for Elijah to be born. Then you beat all of us to the door to see
    our first grandson.
    My prayers to all your family for the comfort and love they need now, they miss you so much.

    Chris and Dave Smith
    October 20, 2020
    Richland Wa
  • We will miss you terribly! But will always remember all the good times we had ! Super Bowls at sams saloon , boat races , Las Vegas trips , and of course camping trips . Rip our dear friend! ❤️

    Brian/Karen Thompson
    October 20, 2020
  • Dad I’ll love you forever and miss you always. Thank you for teaching my son how to fish, camp, ride 4 wheelers, and love his family unconditionally. Thank you for teaching me how to be tough, what a real man is and how to live my life to its fullest. You are my Angel and I will now take care of your 2 Angels.

    Jennifer Knudson
    October 20, 2020
    Pasco, Wa
  • Prayers to the family! All our love to you. Uncle Rudy will be missed.


    Kevin, Leigh Ann and Georgia

    kevin newton
    October 20, 2020
    north little rock, ar