1953 Rodolfo 2019

Rodolfo Santos

December 1, 1953 — February 7, 2019


DECEMBER 1, 1953 – FEBRUARY 7, 2019

“Thank you for being a part of my life and allowing me to be a part of yours.” Rodolfo “Rudy” Santos was born December 1, 1953 and lived each day spreading love and kindness to all those he encountered. Rudy was gentle kind, humble, rich in faith, and love for his family.

Rudy’s accomplishments are too numerous to list, but some of which he is most proud of include his voluntary enlistment and service in our nation’s United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam conflict, beginning a family with his high school sweetheart and love of his life Selma J. Santos, who remained by his side during the best and worst times of his life and remained by his side and warmly embraced him until his last breath.

Additionally, Rudy considered himself fortunate enough to continue to serve his country and this community with a lifelong commitment as a law enforcement officer of the United States of America. Rudy was blessed with the opportunity to encounter and work with the other fine federal law enforcement officers of U.S. Customs Department of Homeland Security and dutifully fulfilled his role with the title of Chief Inspector at the Laredo inland port of entry over a career that spanned over three decades. Rudy was proud of his service during this time and is thankful for the chance to work with those who wore the same uniform. He loved you all.

Rudy was undoubtedly most proud of his family, both immediate and extended and will be sincerely missed by each person that was fortunate enough to know this gentle, kind, and loving individual. Those who know Rudy know that he was a proud member of the Catholic Church and committed his time and effort to his faith in God by volunteering countless hours to the Diocese of Laredo, Texas, mainly St. John Neumann Church. He was fulfilled with a profound love for our Lord Savior, Jesus Christ and enjoyed the time he spent with his fellow A.C.T.S. brothers, fellow men’s group members, church ushers, church representatives and officials, including the church finance group, and all others who share the same faith in our Lord.

Rudy possessed and modeled a general love for humanity and God, and God called him home on February 7, 2019 so he can use that love in a manner that He deems proper; Rudy understands this, accepts this, and is glad to continue to serve our Lord, Jesus Christ. Rudy’s love for life, friends, family and all others will continue, and those fortunate enough to know him know that Rudy will remain watching after us all.

All are invited to extend their condolences, share their favorite memories, and sign the guestbook online at: joejacksonfuneralchaples.com.

Further, the entire Santos family, all relatives and friends thank the kind care and treatment provided to Rudy by his medical care providers, including but not limited to Dr. Claudia Y. Santos, Dr. Carlos Cigarroa, Dr. Humberto Varela, Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, Dr. Fritze, Dr. Thomas and the dedicated transplant team of the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas, and the kind nurses and staff who cared for Rudy and continue to care others on the ninth floor of University Hospital of San Antonio, Texas; may God bless you all.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Jesus and Petra Santos; siblings: Jesus Santos Jr., Jorge Santos, Alicia Santos, Javier Santos and Ana Maria Santos.

Left behind to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 42 years of marriage: Selma J. Santos; children: Dr. Claudia Yvette (Porfirio Arreguin) Santos, Rodolfo “Rudy” (Cynthia Ann) Santos Jr., J.D.; grandchildren: Alexis Raquel Arreguin, Lauren Isabella Arreguin, Andraya Yvette Santos, Rodolfo Santos III, Jude J. Santos, Lily A. Santos; sister: Sylvia (Candido Salmeron) Ramos Greer; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

The family will receive condolences on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 4 until 9 p.m. at Joe Jackson North Funeral & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd. A Rosary will be offered at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the chapel.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. All attending are asked to meet at the church prior to the service.

Procession will form after mass and follow to the family plot at the Calvary Catholic Cemetery, where Military Honors will be rendered by the U.S. Marine Corps Honor Detail and the American Legion Post 59.

Pallbearers will be members of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Funeral Detail.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the funeral service professionals at Joe Jackson North Funeral & Cremation Services, 1410 Jacaman Rd., Laredo, TX 78041, 956.722.8850.


Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services
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  • 1410 Jacaman Rd.
    Laredo, TX 78041


Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services
  • Email Details
  • 1410 Jacaman Rd.
    Laredo, TX 78041

Vigil for the Deceased

Joe Jackson North Funeral Chapels & Cremation Services
  • Email Details
  • 1410 Jacaman Rd.
    Laredo, TX 78041

Mass of Christian Burial

St. John Neumann Catholic Church
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  • Corner of Hillside Rd and Springfield Ave
    Laredo, TX 78041
  • There will be no procession from the funeral home. All are asked to meet at the church.

Rite of Committal and Interment

Calvary Catholic Cemetery
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  • 3600 McPherson Rd.
    Laredo, TX 78040
  • Military Honors will be rendered by the Marine Corps Honor Guard and the American Legion Post 59.
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