Jose Rodriguez, of Portage, passed away on Sunday, March 19, 2023, at the age of 78. He was born to Silvestre and Dominga in Puerto Rico on February 24, 1945. He and his family moved to Gary when he was very young, and he quickly made Northwest Indiana his home.
He served proudly in the US Army as a part of the 65th Engr Bn, 3d Bde, 25th Infantry Division. He also served as a combat engineer and was a medaled Vietnam vet.
He was an enthusiastic sports fan, supporting all the Chicago teams – notably the Bears.
Jose leaves to cherish his memories his devoted wife Valerie; beloved children: Jose A. (Yevette) Rodriguez, Michael D. Rodriguez, Daniel J. Rodriguez, Robert W. (Kim) Rodriguez, Terry L. (Jen) Levin, John Levin, Sherry A. (Glen) Deering , Linda M. Rodriguez, Tabitha A. Torres, and Jessica M. (Zach) Cripe; 23 treasured grandchildren and one great granddaughter; siblings: Julio (Kathy) Rodriguez, Raul (Rosie) Rodriguez, Sylvestre Rodriguez Jr., Norberto Rodriguez, Rey (Linda) Rodriguez, Rosa (late Robert) Rodriguez, and Connie (Steve) Meadows; brother in law, Joe Rentas; and many, many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, dear sisters: Brunilda Rentas, Noelia (late Arnaldo) Rodriguez and Migdalia Perez; and one precious grandchild.
Jose, known as “Pops” to many, will forever be remembered for the loving and caring brother, husband, father, grandfather, and friend that he was. He will be truly missed by all who were blessed to have known him. A memorial visitation will be held on Sat March 25th from 2-7pm at the American Legion in South Haven located at 429 W 750 N, Valparaiso IN 46385, with a celebration of life service and military honors rendered at 3pm.
Please accept our deepest condolences.
Love your family.
Scott, Nora and the kids
We’re very sorry to hear about Joe passing, we send our sincere condolences to the family. May he RIP.
Mike and Melissa Finan
He was a good man and represented the Rodriguez name well. Love and prayers to the family.
My sincerest condolences to the familia Rodriguez. I was blessed beyond words, and honored to have Jose as my brother-in-law. He was loved and will truly be missed. I will always remember how cool he was and the memories we created the last time he came to visit in Cali. Rip brother.
I’m So Sorry to hear this news Val
Sending Our Deepest Condolences to You & The Family!
May Joe RIP
All Our Love Deb & Lew
Please call if You need Anything & Stay in Touch
Huge Huge Hugs!!!
Valerie, you have my sincere condolences. My heart goes out to you and your family, and to all Jose’s friends. Jose was such a kind person, and a fine man. I remember the first time we met; I wanted to ask him for his blessing to marry his sister. I was a little nervous but I shook his hand and I told him that I loved Connie and I wanted her for my wife. He knew I was asking him because her father had passed. He looked honored and humbly said, “I guess you know what you are doing.” We immediately burst into laughter. Then he gave us his blessing. I will never forget Jose. He was a quiet spoken man who I have the greatest respect for. I’m so proud to call him my brother. I only wish we’d had more time. I know in my heart that he has spoken to God and has been reunited with his parents and sisters. I will miss him and can’t wait to see him again in the everlasting hereafter. I love you my brother. God Bless you Jose!
My beloved brother. When our dad passed I still felt his presence in you. I feel like I lost my father all over again. You have been such a strong influence in my life. I am so lucky to have you as a big brother. I love you. May you rest in peace.
I am truly sorry for your loss. Uncle Jose was a really good man and my heart broke when I heard this sad news. Sending lots of love and prayers for your family.
Brandy, Jake, Clover,and Jonathan