Richard was born on Sept. 3, 1930, in Green, Texas, the son of Adolfo and Gertrudiz Valdez Rodriguez. A retired painter and a U.S. veteran, Richard lived all his life in Kenedy. He was a devout Catholic and a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Kenedy.
Survivors include his sister, Bertha R. Jaure of Beeville; nieces, Donna T. Garza and husband Randy of Kenedy and JoAnn Figueroa and husband Robert of Oviedo, Florida, their children who saw him as a grandfather; a great-nephew and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Gilbert, Rudy and Carlos Rodriguez and four sisters, Connie Martinez, Lupita Figueroa, Frances Caballero and Olga Torres.
Visitation was held Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, in the Eckols Funeral Home Chapel, and a Rosary was recited, Monday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Funeral Mass will be celebrated, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, at 10 a.m., at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Kenedy with Rev. Norbert Herman officiating. Interment followed in the Loma Alta Cemetery.