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September 19, 1933 - May 31, 2019

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On May 31, 2019, Blas E Rodriguez III left this earth to join his family, friends and beloved pets in Heaven. Born in San Antonio, Texas in 1933, our dad was the youngest of 11 children. As a youngster his family came to Fort Wayne where he attended St. Peter’s school and church where he received his holy sacraments. Before he was 14, both of his parents had died and siblings were ill equipped to take care of him, so he raised himself. Getting himself through the 10th grade, he gained street smarts and courage. He enlisted to serve his country in the Navy. While on his tour he learned to love travel with one of his favorite bases being Honolulu, HI. Our dad loved cooking and not only cooked for his shipmates, but entered the culinary field back in his native Texas. It was there he conceived and developed our family recipes which are legendary in our family and if you are lucky enough to be one of our friends you tasted the recipes firsthand. Friends begged for his recipes which the five of us could not share as we were sworn to secrecy.

In 1952, he met our mom at a dance. He fell in love with her immediately and spent the next six years trying to get her to say yes to his many marriage proposals. She finally said yes and they were married on July 25, 1958. Til the last days of his life he would say to any of us kids who visited him to tell our mom he loved her. Dad was so skilled at everything that we never needed a mechanic, an electrician, a contractor or plumber around the home. If it was broken, he could fix it. If it needed built, he would build it. And he did. Our dad was incredibly generous even when he didn’t have anything but his daily prayers to give. He gave you what he had and he gave you his heart. In his lifetime he was never without a St. Jude’s candle lit and if you were his friend or came in contact with him, you were always in his daily prayers. He spent his professional career in the hospitality world in Texas, Indianapolis and Fort Wayne and the latter part in manufacturing, but he experienced the most joy in retirement where he cared for every small creature near our family home. He knew specific squirrels and birds by sight, right down to their eating habits, and always made sure all feeders were loaded with seed.

Dad left us unexpectedly, but he was tired. We can take joy in knowing that our dad is feeding Heaven’s birds and squirrels from his hands and has all of Heaven’s dogs at his feet. Dad is survived by his wife of nearly 61 years, Lourdes, his daughters, Cynthia Bryant, Lori Eifrid, Marianne (Brett) Verner, Sofia Rodriguez (Curtis Mirwaldt) and his son Blas (Danette Fitzgerald) Rodriguez IV and son-in-law Daniel Eifrid. He had seven grandchildren, Erin & David Bryant, Danielle, Andrea & Jeffrey Eifrid and Brittany & Macaria Verner and seven great grandchildren and was preceded in death by his father, Blas Rodriguez II, his mother, Macaria (Enriquez), six sisters, four brothers, his son-in-law Duane Bryant, and many beloved pets.

We will celebrate dad privately, but if you want to do something in his honor, raise a Budweiser in his name at your favorite watering hole or visit him where he will soon be interred at the Catholic Cemetery near our grandma Sofia Guerrero and our uncle Martin Guerrero. You can drop by and take our mom a meal or donate to one of these organizations who take such great care of the animals he loved so much.

Memorial contributions may be made to HOPE for Animals or Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control.

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