Peter “Pete” Rodriquez

Peter “Pete” Rodriquez died at the age of 62 on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at the SunPorch Nursing Home in Dodge City, Kansas. He was born on July 24, 1960 in Rocky Ford, Colorado to Greg Rodriquez and Nadine Barron. Pete later moved to Leoti and became a member of the congregation in 1980.

He had a liking for trucks and working on them, which led to his being hired by the Union Pacific Railroad. He served as a section truck driver for 12 years before leaving the railroad after suffering a work-related accident. His love of trucking continued as he drove trucks for local farmers in the area and performed general maintenance during each harvest season. Peter founded the Rodriquez Trucking Company in 2010 and ran it successfully until 2015, where he was hauling grain until his health began to deteriorate.

On September 15, 1979, Pete married Irene Salas in Tribune, Kansas. They were married for 16 years before divorcing. From this marriage four daughters were born, Candice, Susan, Cecilia and Maria, whom he loved dearly.

Pete loved food, his favorite being anything and everything, but he limited himself to menudo, steak, Chinese food, Taco Bell and anything sweet. His hobbies included playing bingo, visiting casinos and music. He often hummed the music because he didn’t know the words.

Peter loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and spent time with them when he could and his health permitted. He had 13 grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren and 4 step-great-grandchildren. Peter was very proud of each of them.

On March 31, 2000, Peter married Maria S. Rodriguez in Leoti, Kansas. With this marriage, Pete gained two sons and two daughters, Adan, Ivan, Haydee and Cynthia. Pete and Maria often traveled to Mexico to visit family, they lived together until her death in 2015.

Survivors include his children, Candice Rodriquez from Garden City, Kansas, Susan & Casey Fitzgerald from Dodge City, Kansas, Cecilia Corado from Garden City, Kansas, Maria Rodriquez and her fiancé Shadow Butler from Holcomb, Kansas, Adan & Cinthia Rodriguez from Chaparral, New Mexico, Haydee & Eduardo Rivas from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Ivan Rodriguez of Leoti, Kansas, his brothers Johnny and Maria Rodriquez of Deerfield, Kansas, David and Marjorie Rodriquez of Great Bend, Kansas, Paul Rodriquez of Rock Ford, Colorado, Mike Rodriquez of Leoti, Kansas, Freddie Rodriquez of Hutchinson, Kansas, and Gary Rodriquez of Leoti, Kansas.

He is preceded in death by his parents, wife, granddaughter Tianna M. Rodriquez, stepdaughter Cynthia I. Rodriquez, and sister Theresa Bailon.

The vigil will be held on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Leoti, Kansas, with Father Tim Hickey presiding.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 am on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Leoti, Kansas, with Father Tim Hickey presiding. Funeral services will be streamed live on

Burial will be at Leoti Cemetery in Leoti, Kansas.

In lieu of flowers, keepsakes may be given to the Peter Rodriquez Memorial Fund in the care of Price and Sons Funeral Home, PO Box 161, Leoti, Kansas, 67861.

The visit will be on Monday, November 21, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Tuesday, November 22, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Price and Sons Funeral Home in Leoti, Kansas , instead of .