Rodolfo "Rudy" Federico Garza Sr.

Born: Tue., Sep. 27, 1938
Died: Sat., Feb. 24, 2018


1:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Sun., Feb. 25, 2018
Location: Garza Memorial Funeral Home

Holy Rosary

6:00 PM Sun., Feb. 25, 2018
Location: Garza Memorial Funeral Home

All services will conclude after funeral mass

Mon., Feb. 26, 2018
Location: St. Luke Catholic Church

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Mon., Feb. 26, 2018
Location: St. Luke Catholic Church

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Rodolfo "Rudy" Federico Garza Sr., 79, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at his home near Olmito, Tx., surrounded by family and friends.  To many of his friends, he was known as "Ruco".

Visitation will be from 1:00 pm to 9:00 pm with the recitation of the Holy Rosary at 6:00 pm on Sunday, February 25, at Garza Memorial Funeral Home.  A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am on Monday, February 26, at St Luke’s Catholic Church, 2800 Rockwell Dr, Brownsville, TX.  All services will conclude after mass (there will be no cemetery service).

Mr. Garza was born on September 27, 1938, in Brownsville, Texas, to Jesus and Andrea (Collantes) Garza.  A native of Brownsville, all his life, he attended Brownsville, High School before enlisting in the United States Army and was assigned to the 1st Batallion Group, 23rd Infantry Division.  While in the Army, Mr. Garza’s training included U.S. Army Ranger ski training in Alaska.

Upon separation from the Army, Mr. Garza held various jobs, including the construction of a pipeline in West Virginia.  Ultimately, becoming a successful roofing contractor, where he focused most of his adult working life.

Mr. Garza enjoyed the outdoors with strong interests in hunting and fishing, so much so, that one of his last efforts, in spite of his illness, involved the search for a lighter and smaller caliber rifle, which he could use to continue hunting with his sons.

One key element about him, noted by all, was that he had a very strong will and once he put his mind to it, there was not a task that could hold him back, nor an obstacle that he could not conquer.  He proved this every day of his life.  In addition, Mr. Garza was known by many as someone who was always willing to help in any way that he could.

He is survived by his current wife, Maria Enriqueta Orive Garza, and their sons, Rodolfo “Bon” Enrique (Krystal) Garza, and his former wife, Maria Elena Flores Garza and their 3 sons, Rodolfo “Rudy” Federico (Yolanda) Garza Jr, Wink (Linda) Garza, Paul “Poloco” Garza, and 1 daughter, Monica Michelle (Alfredo) Garza.  Additional survivors include 1 brother, Jesus Garza Jr, and 3 sisters, Herminia Muguerza, Olivia Saldivar, and Lydia (Abel) Benavidez and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and many friends.  He was preceded in death by a son, Bryan A. Tompkins, 4 brothers, Apolinar Garza, Pedro Garza, Luis Rolando Garza, Jorge Garza, and 4 sisters, Conchita Bell, Blacita Saldana, Aurora Cheppa, and Elvia Correa.

The pallbearers will be: Marco Garza, Raul Garza, Paul “Pie” Garza Jr, Rudy Garza Jr, Rodolfo Enrique “Bon” Garza, Wink Garza, Paul “Poloco” Garza and Luis Rosenbaum.

Military Honors will be under the direction of Commander Luis Lucio and VFW Post 2035 Honor Guard.  

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