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.