Federico (Fred) Rodriguez was born March 20 1929 to Josefa Gonzalez and Valente Rodriguez at their home in the 'Mexican Village' on the outskirts of Dodge City
Federico (Fred) Rodriguez was born March 20 1929 to Josefa Gonzalez and Valente Rodriguez at their home in the 'Mexican Village' on the outskirts of Dodge City. He graduated Dodge City High School in 1947, and enlisted in the U.S. Army as a medic, serving in the Korean Conflict. He passed on Holy Saturday, March 30, 2013 at the Good Samaritan Center, Dodge City at the age of 84. He was honorably discharged after four years of service, and entered nurses' training at St. Mary of the Plains College on the G.I. Bill. He finished his training in Wichita, receiving a B.S. in nursing. He relocated to Chicago Ill., completing his master's degree in nursing at Loyola University, and working at Weiss Memorial hospital for 27 years. He then worked at various hospitals in the Chicago land area, before returning to Dodge City to teach nursing at Dodge City Community College. He returned to Wichita after a few years to continue working in healthcare in various positions. He finally returned to Dodge City to be nearer family and worked at Cargill in their medical department. He also worked at Youthville, Dodge City and the Kansas Soldiers Home at Ft. Dodge. Fred also taught “English as a second language” classes here in Dodge City. In 2012 he was nominated and selected to receive the only Outstanding Older Kansans Worker/Employment Program Participant award from the Kansas Department of Commerce and the Kansas Department of Labor. He was a world traveler, had a colorful sense of humor, and a devout practicing Roman Catholic. He is survived by a sister, Becki Hardin, numerous nieces, nephews and grand nieces and grand nephews; too many to list. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Jesse Rodriguez; and his sisters, Esther Rodriguez and Amelia Pina. Vigil Service will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dodge City. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Thursday at the church with Fr. Ted Stoecklein presiding. Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday at Ziegler Funeral Chapel, Dodge City. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Dodge City. The family suggests memorials to Hospice of the Prairie or the Good Samaritan Center both in care of Ziegler Funeral Chapel, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, Kansas 67801. Condolences may be sent to www.zieglerfuneralchapel.com.