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Octavio Javier Rodriguez

April 2, 1936 — September 7, 2023

Octavio Javier Rodriguez

Mr. Octavio Javier (Tavo) Rodriguez, beloved father, husband and grandfather, passed away on September 7, 2023. Born on April 2, 1936, Tavo was a man of many interests, talents and accomplishments, who led a remarkable life and touched the hearts of all who knew him.  

He began his illustrious career, proudly serving the U.S. Army, and was stationed in Germany before returning to Kingsville, to attend Texas A&I, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. On January 10, 1959, he and Elva Garza were married and soon moved to Washington, D.C. where he worked for the Central Intelligence Agency as a Linguist Specialist using his exceptional language skills in service to his country.  

His journey led him back home, as a French teacher at H.M. King High School. His passion for education and dedication to his students left an indelible mark on those fortunate enough to sit in his classroom.  Education played an essential role in Tavo's journey. His thirst for knowledge not only fueled his intellectual growth but also inspired countless others to pursue their dreams.  

Later in life, Tavo embarked on a new venture as the owner and operator of OJ Electric for over 50 years. In this role, he continued to volunteer and contribute to the community he loved, even into his well-deserved retirement. Tavo's commitment to serving his community and the organizations he held dear was admirable. He was a charter member of the El Dorado Club, where his dedication to its mission and values made an invaluable impact.  As a fourth Degree Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Tavo personified the qualities of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism.  

In addition to being an exceptional educator and businessman, Tavo had numerous interests that brought him joy throughout life. Music held a special place in his heart, with the piano being his chosen form of expression. Through the strokes of ivory keys came melodies that resonated deep within the hearts of those listening. He also enjoyed the tranquility of reading and reciting poetry and the camaraderie of golfing, as well as the thrill of cheering on his favorite sports teams.  

Proudly serving in both the U.S. Army and the Navy Reserve, Tavo's military service showcased his dedication to his country. His service was an embodiment of his unwavering love for America and its ideals.  

Throughout his life, Tavo treasured his family above all else. He found immense joy in attending his children and grandchildren's events, cherishing every moment he spent with them. He was a pillar of love and support for his family, always ready with open arms and a warm smile.  

Tavo will be remembered for his friendly nature and infectious laughter. He possessed a magnetic personality that drew people towards him effortlessly. His captivating smile brightened the lives of everyone he encountered, leaving lasting impressions wherever he went.  

Octavio J. Rodriguez leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire generations to come. His generosity, kindness, and remarkable achievements have left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all who had the pleasure of knowing him.  

He is preceded in death by his loving wife, Elva G. Rodriguez; parents, Donaciano and Enriqueta Rodriguez; siblings, Anna Ramirez, Donaciano Rodriguez III, and Humberto Rodriguez.

Among those left to cherish his memory are his daughter, Angelina H. Rodriguez; son, O.J. (Helen) Rodriguez; grandchildren, Matthew (Devon) Flores, Alyssa Flores, Samantha Rodriguez, Ryan Rodriguez, and David Rodriguez; great-granddaughter, Hailey Flores; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family. 

The family will receive condolences from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at Turcotte-Piper Mortuary; with a holy rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m.  A funeral cortege will depart Turcotte-Piper Mortuary at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 14, 2023, to St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church, for a mass of christian burial to be celebrated at 10:00 a.m.  A Rite of Committal and Interment will follow at Chamberlain Cemetery.  

Honoring Mr. Octavio Javier Rodriguez as pallbearers are John Ramirez, Randy Garza, Steven Rodriguez, Matthew Flores, Ryan Rodriguez, and David Rodriguez, with Willie Garza as honorary pallbearer.

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Condolences

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

5:00 - 9:00 pm (Central time)

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Holy Rosary

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Starts at 7:00 pm (Central time)

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Mass of christian burial

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

St. Gertrude the Great Catholic Church

1120 S 8th St, Kingsville, TX 78363

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Interment

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Starts at 11:15 am (Central time)

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