Rodolfo Lopez, 76, of Sunnyside went to be with his Lord Monday, July 21, 2008, at Yakima Regional Hospital due to complications from an extended illness, surrounded by his immediate family and close friends.
Rudy, as he was called by his friends, was born Jan. 8, 1932 in Crystal City, Texas.
On July 23, 1951, he married Isabell Leija in Sunnyside, where they lived and raised a family.
He worked at Hanford Nuclear Reservation, as well as Ice Harbor and Priest Rapids dams as a construction laborer. He later worked for Airport Ranch and Hull Farms as a farm laborer, performing many tasks.
He loved his garden and the various trees he planted in his yard. He also loved going to the mountains and seeing the beauty that God had created. He loved his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren immensely, for they held a very special place in his heart that no others could occupy.
He was loved by many friends and gave people the benefit of the doubt and asked for nothing, but a smile or thank you in return.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Isabell Lopez of Sunnyside; one son, Roy Lopez (Melynda) of Lynnwood; one daughter, Viola Lopez of Sunnyside; three grandchildren, Damiana Isabell Brain (Ian) and Jeremy Rodolfo Lopez and companion Leigh Ann Shelton, all of Yakima, and Meagan Arlene Lopez and companion Robert Collins of Lynnwood; three great-grandchildren, Christopher, Alex and Olivia Brain; brothers, Ignacio Lopez of Abilene, Texas and Paul Gomez of Phoenix, Ariz.; and several nieces and nephews from Texas.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Gavinna; father, Gerardo Lopez; four brothers; and a sister, Hortencia.
A Rosary will be held Wednesday, July 23, 2008, at 7 p.m. at Valley Hills Funeral Home Chapel in Sunnyside. Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, July 24, 2008, at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens.
We would like to thank nurse Kelly and Pauline at Yakima Valley Regional, 4th floor, for showing great care and compassion during the time we were by his side, as well as family friend, Janie Jean, and members of the Garcia family, who were all present when he went home. Thank you all.
Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is entrusted with arrangements.