Antonio Rodriguez 83, was called home April 14, 2020. Antonio was born January 1, 1937 in San Benito, Texas to Catarino Rodriguez and Virginia Mares. As a child, he lived in San Benito, Texas and grew up there. He then lived in Aurora, Illinois till he moved to Lubbock, Texas. Antonio lived out the rest of his life in Lubbock, Texas. Antonio, during his life was employed as a machinist/factory worker. He worked at Austin Western and retired from Oasis Industries. Antonio was married to the children’s mother, Guadencia Hernandez for many years. He then married Charlene Hernandez at a later date. He was a good man to family and friends. He spoke his mind, loved to travel, he enjoyed collecting guns and knives. He enjoyed being with the family for gatherings and listening to music, drinking, eating, and to make a memory with each of us as much as possible. Antonio was a role model to all who knew him, and he was very strong in body and mind. Each of us who knew him will have fond memories.
Antonio was preceded in death by his parents Catarino and Virginia; an infant daughter Alma Rodriguez; his son Antonio “Big Tony” Rodriguez; three brothers Leonardo Rodriguez, Ramon Rodriguez Sr., and Manuel “Meme” Rodriguez; a stepson Joe Hernandez and the children’s mother Guadencia Rodriguez.
Antonio is survived by his wife Charlene, his children Tony “Pato” Macias and family, whose mother was Rebecca Macias Rodriguez. She and Antonio were married for a short while, after they reconnected. Son Catarino (Janie) Rodriguez and family, a daughter Norma Gonzalez and family, a daughter Irma Ojeda and family, daughter Hilda Calderon (JR) and family, daughter Ruby Herrera (Mario) and family, son Rene Rodriguez and daughter Sophia Torres (Manuel) and family. His stepdaughter Tina Ortega (Mark) and family. Antonio has thirty two grandchildren, sixty two great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren. Survivors also include two sisters, Mary Rodriguez Zepeda of Ft. Worth, Texas, Genoveva Yanez (Johnny), two brothers, Carlos Rodriguez Sr.(Maria): and Juan D. Rodriguez (Manuela) all of Aurora, Illinois, numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.
His family lives in Texas and Illinois. He loved to be with family in both places.
The Rodriguez family would like to thank all who visit and share in this time with us.
Services will be scheduled at a later date, after pandemic is over, where his ashes will be buried with his son, "Big Tony".
Please remember Antonio with smiles and laughter, for he will be looking down on and watching over us all. If you remember him with tears, let them be tears of joy.
TO ALL OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHEN YOU DO THINK OF ANTONIO THINK OF THIS PLEASE…
Remember Me…(When I’m Gone)
When I come to the end of my journey
And I travel my last weary mile
Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned
And remember only the smiles.
Forget unkind words I have spoken
Remember some good I have done
Forget that I ever had heartache
And remember I’ve had loads of fun.
Forget that I’ve stumbled and blundered
And sometimes fell by the way
Remember I have fought some hard battles and won, ere the close of the day.
Then forget to grieve for my going
I would not have you sad for a day
But in summer just gather some flowers
And remember the place where I lay.
And come in the shade of evening when the sun paints the sky in the west
Stand for a few moments beside me
And remember only my best.
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