Arnold F. Rodriguez (U.U.)
Fri, 2015-07-17 10:41 News Staff
Arnold F. Rodriguez (U.U.) died on Wednesday, July 08, 2015 at 7:50 AM., following illness from several health issues at the age of 95. Born on June 4, 1920 to Joseph and Lucille Melancon Rodriguez, he was the eighth of eight children. Arnold was born in LaRose, LA and moved to St. Bernard Parish in 1934 and was a resident there until last month when he relocated to Azaleas Estates Assisted Living and Retirement Community Center in Slidell, LA. Husband of Josephine Melerine Rodriguez. Father of Arnold J. Rodriguez ( Pinkie), Cinda R. Melerine ( late Calvin), Diane R. Bourgeois ( Danny) and Sharon R. Graham (Billy). Son of the late Joseph and Lucille Melancon Rodriguez. Brother of late- Percy and Fred Rodriguez, Haddie Plaisance, Hattie Badeaux, Lucille Badeaux, Annie Melerine and Enola Guidroz. Grandfather of Phyllis R. Pouche, Holly R. Volion ( Danny), Don (Tammy), and Ricky Melerine, Georgia Melerine Howard ( Brice) and the late Dan Melerine, Antonia (Toni) B. White (Jimbo), Louis (Lou-Lou) Battle(Brandi), Christopher (Chris) Battle ( Cierra), Tina Treuil (Urban), and the late Angela and Girod Garcia. Great Grandfather of Henley (Andrew) and Christian Volion, Maycie, Ricky , Dillion , and Shane Melerine, Jimmie (Angel) and Derek (Kristin) White, Jami White Adams, Alivia , Luke , Christopher Jr., Blade , Mallory and Mason Battle, Jeremy Nunez, Kayla Bernard (Keith ), and Login Treuil. Great Great Grandfather of Cooper Madere, Jimmie Jr. and Adelyn White, Ava and Aaron Adams, and Kaiden Hemelt. Arnold was a master mechanic, boat builder, trapper and commercial fisherman and World War II Veteran. He was a man who enjoyed the outdoors and was a true craftsman’s who had a remarkable talent with his hands. He was a military decorated veteran serving with honor in the Army from 1942 until 1946 upon receiving an honorable discharge in January 1946. He obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant, serving in the European Theater as a member of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division, Screaming Eagle, leading his paratrooper squad in combat in the Normandy D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944, and then onto numerous other conflicts, including the Battle of the Bulge in Bastogne, Belgium in the winter of 1944- 1945. Upon the completion of his military service he returned to St. Bernard Parish, Delacroix Island, where he raised his family and began his vocation as a master mechanic as member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 406. Heartfelt appreciation for the compassionate care provided by the staff of Americare Hospice Staff, especially Erika Martin, Cathy Moran and Donna Foto. The family is deeply grateful to the kindness provided by the staff and residents of Azalea Estates Assisted Living and Retirement Community Center and also to special sitter, Lisa Richard. Relatives and friends were invited to attend the visitation at St. Bernard Catholic Church in St. Bernard, LA on Saturday, July 11, 2015 followed by the Funeral Mass. Burial in St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery following Mass. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to World War II Museum in Arnold’s memory. Greenwood Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. To view and sign the family guest register, please visit www. greenwoodfuneralhome.net.