OBITUARY

Rodolfo Rivera Velez

March 12, 1924March 30, 2021

Rodolfo “Popo” Rivera Velez was born in Gonzales, Texas on March 12, 1924 and passed away on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 in Austin, Texas at the age of ninety-seven. Rodolfo was dearly loved by his wife of sixty-one years, Virginia Velez, and children, daughter Alicia Velez, son Rudolph Velez Jr. and wife Sally, daughter Alma and husband Johnny Gonzales, daughter Leticia Soliz, and daughter Silia and husband Gilbert Sanchez Jr.

Popo is also survived by his grandchildren Chris Gonzales and wife Sol-Ana, Jon Velez, David Velez, Laura De Leon and husband Ben, Adrian De Leon and wife Elizabeth, Vanessa Gonzales, Aaron Soliz, D’Ana Velez, Macey Soliz, and Aliyah Sanchez; great grandchildren Phoenix Velez, Chaysen Velez, and Lauren Espino; and sister Mary Barker. Popo is preceded in death by his parents Santiago and Rumalda Velez and siblings Pablo, Elizabeth, David, Consuelo, and Ophelia.

Popo was a long time resident of Alvin, Texas for 56 years and worked as a foreman for Hermann Lease Service. Popo moved to Austin, Texas in 2004. In his free time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, working outside in his yard or in his workshop. He was a die hard fan of the Houston Astros and enjoyed watching the Houston Oilers and Texans. He will be remembered for his love for his family, big heart, laughter, and dance moves.

A visitation for Popo will take place at Cook-Walden/Forest Oaks Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 5 p.m. Services will be held at St. Paul’s Catholic Church on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 10 a.m. with a graveside to follow.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

  • Rosary

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

  • Rite of Committal

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

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Louie Rodriguez

April 5, 2021

There are many things I remember about my Tio (like his red Stacey Adams) but what I remember most is that he stayed with me at the grave site when we buried my dad in 92'. Everyone had left and it was just he and I as we watched them lower my dads casket into the ground. He was with me the last time I was with my father........I will always love him for that !!! Rest in peace Tio and tell my dad I love and miss him...

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY