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Sgt. Benjamin Rodriguez-Centeno

August 27, 1950April 11, 2021
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Benjamin "Benny" Rodriguez-Centeno, 70, of Puerto Rico, born on August 27, 1950 passed away on April 11, 2021. He was surrounded by loved ones as he transitioned to be with the Lord.

Benny was born in Ceiba, Puerto Rico and grew up in a Christian home in Chelsea, New York City. At the young age of 18, he joined the United States Army where he was active for 7 years and was honorably discharged in 1976. He was stationed in Hawaii, North Carolina and deployed in Vietnam. During his service he earned numerous awards: a Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Combat Infantrymen Badge, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Devices, the Army Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal two times, and the Expert Badge for M-16.

He began his career as a machinist at Cummins Diesel Recon in La Mirada, California. As he climbed the ladder he was transferred and spent 3 years in San Luis Potosi, Mexico overseeing the operation of opening a new plant. He was then transferred on a promotion to Memphis, Tennessee; and he retired after 35 years with the company in 2015.

He is preceded in death by his father, Salustiano Rodriguez-Centeno; two brothers, Nestor Antonio & Jose Manuel; and a grandchild, Adrian Lamont. He is survived by his mother, Josefina Centeno; his wife of 36 years, Lenora Rodriguez; four children: Benjamin Rodriguez (Theresa), Kimberly Anderson (Kelly), Navia Gonzalez (Alex), and Raelynn Dorsey (Joe); a godson Emmanuel Lemus; five siblings: Miriam; Carlos (Frances), Jorge (Sulma), Reynaldo, and Marcelina; 15 grandchildren: Benjamin (Stephanie), Zoey, Isaiah, Anthony, Lieve (Thomas), Eddie, Samantha, Joanna, Astrid, Florencia, Alejandro (Jasmin), Armando, Jayla, and Fernando; 5 great grandchildren: Riece, Thomas, Kailani, Trevor, and Skydemis; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

During his past time, he enjoyed playing golf and winning tons of trophies, playing dominoes and winning, fishing, playing the congas, listening to great music, and watching Wicked Tuna or the Food Network channel. Benny lived well, loved hard, and laughed often. He knew how to have fun. Benny/dad/daddy/grandpa/papa – we love you and we will miss you always!!!

A visitation for Benny will be held Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 North Germantown Parkway, Bartlett, TN 38133, followed by a funeral service at 2:00 PM.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MemphisFuneralGermantownParkway.com for the Rodriguez Centeno family.

  • FAMILY

  • Salustiano Rodriguez-Centeno, Father (deceased)
  • Nestor Antonio & Jose Manuel, Brothers (deceased)
  • Adrian Lamont, Grandchild (deceased)
  • Josefina Centeno, Mother
  • Lenora Rodriguez, Wife of 36 Years
  • Benjamin Rodriguez (Theresa), Kimberly Anderson (Kelly), Navia Gonzalez (Alex), and Raelynn Dorsey (Joe), Children
  • Emmanuel Lemus, Godson
  • Miriam; Carlos (Frances), Jorge (Sulma), Reynaldo, and Marcelina, Siblings
  • Benjamin (Stephanie), Zoey, Isaiah, Anthony, Lieve (Thomas), Eddie, Samantha, Joanna, Astrid, Florencia, Alejandro (Jasmin), Armando, Jayla, and Fernando, Grandchildren
  • Riece, Thomas, Kailani, Trevor, and Skydemis, Great Grandchildren
  • He also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

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Astrid Del Rosario

April 21, 2021

I remember the first time I meet Benjamin and Lenora, I was about 11 years old and we were picking them up from the airport. I was so excited to finally meet Benjamin Dad and his wife! When they arrived, I knew exactly how he looked liked because my Dad looks just like his father. I can recall on our drive how joyful and happy Benjamin Dad was and I felt so blessed that he was part of our lives.
I’m going to miss him ! Most especially the times when he would call to ask how I was doing, when he congratulated me on my school achievements, and would write Facebook messages and leave comments on how proud and happy he was of me. Benjamin, my grandfather, will always carry a special place in my heart, and I know he is resting in peace looking after the whole family.

Benjamin Rodriguez

April 20, 2021

Dad,
I remember just liked if it was yesterday. The year “1992”, you and I met for the first time. I will never forget that first hug, and that special moment when you said “hello son” You also introduced me to my first White Russian drink and we spoke for hours that night. I’m not going to say good bye. I just want to say, see you later Dad!
I love you very much. Thank you for being you, thank you for the advise, thank you for being my dad.
I love you, and as you you used to always say “talk to you later”

Theresa Rodriguez

April 20, 2021

Benjamin Rodriguez

April 20, 2021

Hi Dad, it was 1992 when you and I met for the first time. Just liked yesterday. I will never forget that first hug and of course the White Russian you invited me to have with you. I will see you later, in the mean time, you will be missed. Thank you for such a great time. Thank you for your sincerity, for your advice, but most of all... for being my dad. I love you very much., and as you used to say... see you later, bye!

Theresa Rodriguez

April 20, 2021

Dad!
As I used to call you. You will always be in my heart. I always remember the first time you met Astrid and you told her that you are her grandpa, for me that meant the world.
Love you always Dad, see you one day again.
You will be sorely missed.

Ann LoPinto

April 20, 2021

I am a long time friend of Ray from Chelsea, NY. I would like to send my deepest condolences to all his family at this sad time. And, may God support and comfort all his loved ones, Amen.

Stephanie Richardson

April 20, 2021

In 2007 I accepted an invitation to join my friends Sulma and Jorge on a Thanksgiving trip to Tennessee. My exhange student and I were graciously welcomed into Benny and Lenora's home and we had an awesome time with the entire Rodriguez family. When they came to Ohio in 2019 for a wedding, they got the chance to visit my home and as always they brought the fun, joy and laughter. As you celebrate Benny's life, may you all find peace, joy and comfort in the special memories.

Natalie Marshall

April 20, 2021

What a fun, caring and loving uncle. I am so thankful to God for placing me in such great family with uncles and aunts that stay connected. We are thankful to have spent time in Tennessee with Uncle Benny and family the last time we were stateside. We have great memories that will always bring smiles to our faces. Praying that all would sense God’s nearness and comfort during this time.

Sandra Rodriguez

April 18, 2021

I will always remember your calm spirit and support during my journey with Jose. You will be in our hearts forever. We will miss you...Sandra

Ida Doggett

April 17, 2021

I worked with Benny for years at Cummins he was my group leader and one of the best people you could ever know. I send my Deepest Condolences to his family and friends.R.I.P. 🕊🕊

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Biography

Benjamin "Benny" Rodriguez-Centeno, 70, of Puerto Rico, born on August 27, 1950 passed away on April 11, 2021. He was surrounded by loved ones as he transitioned to be with the Lord.

Benny was born in Ceiba, Puerto Rico and grew up in a Christian home in Chelsea, New York City. At the young age of 18, he joined the United States Army where he was active for 7 years and was honorably discharged in 1976. He was stationed in Hawaii, North Carolina and deployed in Vietnam. During his service he earned numerous awards: a Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Combat Infantrymen Badge, the Vietnam Campaign Medal with 60 Devices, the Army Commendation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal two times, and the Expert Badge for M-16.

He began his career as a machinist at Cummins Diesel Recon in La Mirada, California. As he climbed the ladder he was transferred and spent 3 years in San Luis Potosi, Mexico overseeing the operation of opening a new plant. He was then transferred on a promotion to Memphis, Tennessee; and he retired after 35 years with the company in 2015.

He is preceded in death by his father, Salustiano Rodriguez-Centeno; two brothers, Nestor Antonio & Jose Manuel; and a grandchild, Adrian Lamont. He is survived by his mother, Josefina Centeno; his wife of 36 years, Lenora Rodriguez; four children: Benjamin Rodriguez (Theresa), Kimberly Anderson (Kelly), Navia Gonzalez (Alex), and Raelynn Dorsey (Joe); a godson Emmanuel Lemus; five siblings: Miriam; Carlos (Frances), Jorge (Sulma), Reynaldo, and Marcelina; 15 grandchildren: Benjamin (Stephanie), Zoey, Isaiah, Anthony, Lieve (Thomas), Eddie, Samantha, Joanna, Astrid, Florencia, Alejandro (Jasmin), Armando, Jayla, and Fernando; 5 great grandchildren: Riece, Thomas, Kailani, Trevor, and Skydemis; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

During his past time, he enjoyed playing golf and winning tons of trophies, playing dominoes and winning, fishing, playing the congas, listening to great music, and watching Wicked Tuna or the Food Network channel. Benny lived well, loved hard, and laughed often. He knew how to have fun. Benny/dad/daddy/grandpa/papa – we love you and we will miss you always!!!

A visitation for Benny will be held Wednesday, April 21, 2021 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM at Memphis Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, 3700 North Germantown Parkway, Bartlett, TN 38133, followed by a funeral service at 2:00 PM.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MemphisFuneralGermantownParkway.com for the Rodriguez Centeno