On Thursday, August 30, 2018, Lee Rodriguez Jr, loving father, grandfather and great grandfather, passed away in his home surrounded by loved ones. Lee was 86 years old and passed peacefully after a brief illness.
Lee proudly served our country during the Korean War. Friends and family were honored to hear his stories and learn of his dedication to his country. Throughout his life, Lee was very active with the Turlock Veterans of Foreign Wars. He volunteered with the VFW as a proud member of the honor guard.
Lee’s 32-year career with the United States Postal Service was also an important part of his life. He worked up the ranks from mail carrier and clerk to his esteemed position as the Turlock Postmaster.
Lee loved working on his ranch, fishing, collecting records and jukeboxes, cooking and playing with his dogs. Anyone who knew him can attest to his joy of cooking an excellent meal, putting records on the jukebox, dancing, laughing and having a cold beer together. He will live on in the fond memories of so many who enjoyed a barbeque or get together at Lee’s ranch.
Lee is preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Dora Rodriguez, sister Evelyn and wife Elfrieda “Freddy”. He is survived by his daughters, Cathey Hughes (Bob) and Tera Straker, grandchildren Darrick Moitoso (Jackie), Hannah Hughes (Tony), Taylor Hughes, Jeron and Cameron Straker, great grandchildren Ethan and Brenna Moitoso, sisters Helen Kopecki, Lillian Matusak and Grace Conner, multiple cousins, nieces, nephews, and dogs Beau and Buddy.
Services will be held in the chapel at Lakewood Memorial Park in Hughson, California on September 14, 2018 at 2pm. The family invites all guests to celebrate Lee’s life with a reception at his beloved ranch. In lieu of flowers, please donate in honor of Lee Rodriguez to: Turlock VFW Post 5059 1405 E. Linwood Ave. Turlock, CA 95380