Rudy Hernandez Fuentes
April 1940 – January 2014
Rudy Hernandez of Turlock, aged 73, passed away Friday, January 3, 2014 at Emanuel Medical Center. Rudy was born April 4, 1940 in Guanajuato, Mexico. Rudy was raised in both Biola and Madera, Ca. At a young age, Rudy was a wine and raisin farmer for Morris Blocker of Madera, Ca. When Rudy moved to Turlock in the early 1960s, where he lived and raised his family in the Hughson/Turlock area, he worked for the late Roy Martella of Hughson, Ca, as a peach and sweet potato farmer. After Martella's passing, Rudy moved to Hughson and worked for the late Tilden Genzoli as a almond farmer. In the late 1970s, Rudy ventured off on his own and started farming raisins and wine grapes and he became a very successful farmer and farm labor contractor where he earned the respect of his peers and the community. Because of his diverse farming background, his services were always in high demand in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced Counties. Late in Rudy's career he became a Long Haul truck driver, traveling all over the East Coast making his truck stops. His career was cut short after suffering a severe stroke. Although Rudy suffered complications of a stroke, he was never hampered by his physical limitations and had an amazing spirit and will to live. Rudy continued to impress family members and friends with his outstanding gardening knowledge, skills, and determination. Rudy's greatest joy in his life was spending time with his family. He loved watching the San Francisco 49ers football and Boxing events with family. Later in his life he loved reading the Bible and was a devoted Christian. Rudy enjoyed visiting Brandel Manor and raising the spirit of others who were suffering from illnesses to show them through the power of the lord they can recover from their illness.
Rudy is survived by his children Mike Fuentes (Kelly) of Hughson, Jennie Fuentes of Turlock, Vivian Barron of Turlock, Steve Fuentes of Turlock, Thomas Fuentes of Turlock, Rebecca Fuentes-Vessel (Gary) of Turlock and Ramona Fuentes (Jason) of Palo Alto. Siblings Delores Fuentes (Angel) of Kerman, Anita Sanchez (Eddie) of Turlock, Sara Raya (John) of Fresno, Tony Fuentes (Patricia) of Modesto, Richard Fuentes (Monica) of Delhi, Joe Fuentes (Alicia) of Turlock and Ed Fuentes (Mary Helen) of Denair. He had 11 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Rudy is preceded in his death by his Mother Jennie Fuentes and Father Antonio Fuentes.
Memorial service will be held at Allen Mortuary on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at 3PM.