Jan. 26, 1939-July 3, 2019
Vincent Vernon Rodrigues Sr. age 80, died surrounded by his loving family as he peacefully passed away on Wednesday July 3, 2019 at St James Hospital, Butte Montana. He was born on a Thursday January 26, 1939 to Estevan and Sarah (Ball) Rodrigues. He was the youngest of 6 boys.
Vince attended Sacred Heart School as well as boys Central High School. Vince met the love of his life Betty LaPier in 1957 they become husband and wife on August 28, 1959 and would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary come this August. They had 7 children.
Vince was very proud of his Hispanic heritage and all his friends from the early days, he talked highly of his upbringing in Butte, Montana. Vince and his young family moved away from Butte in 1965 for four years to Salt Lake City, UT where he attended college. After graduating and getting his degree as a Mechanical Engineer he and his family moved back to Butte in 1969 where Vince started working as a Draftsmen for the Anaconda Company. After they shut down in 1982 he got a job at the Golden Sunlight Mine as a Senior Draftsmen. While working for the Golden Sunlight he was asked to design their logo which he did and was very proud of. After retiring from the Golden Sunlight in 2000 Vince went on doing what he loved which was wood working, fishing, camping, playing pool and spending time with his beautiful wife, children, and grandchildren.
Vince was a man of Integrity, Loved his family life, and held his strong Catholic faith deep in his heart. His warm smile and gentle ways always invited a welcome hand to anyone crossing his path. Vince held so much love in his heart for all of his nieces and nephews ~ at times he felt like they were almost like his children.
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He was an avid pool player, he loved the sport of it. He competed and won lots of tournaments and trophies for his skill and steady hand. In his younger days he actually made a living for a short while playing pool.
Vince is survived by his children: Vincent (Lorene) Rodrigues Jr., Beverly (Thomas) Johnson, David (Cindy) Rodrigues Sr., Denise Rodrigues (Dave), brother Wayne Rodrigues, sister-in-law Francis Rubusch. Grandchildren; Andrea Rodrigues, Kristina Rodrigues-Brown (Ryan), Tom Johnson, Erica Rodrigues, Ryan Hidalgo, Juanita Rodrigues, Bill Johnson, Destiny Henson, Dave Rodrigues Jr., Zach Rodrigues, Aryana Rodrigues, Seth Rodrigues and 12 great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces, nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Estevan and Sarah Rodrigues, beloved wife Betty Rodrigues and 3 sons Marvin,Thomas, and baby boy Rodrigues, brothers Earl Southwell, Leroy, Delbert, and Elmer Rodrigues sisters-in-law Beverly Rodrigues, Sandy Davis, Gail Rodrigues, Armida Thomas, and brother-in-law Harold LaPier.
The family would like to thank St James Hospital staff and the Copper Ridge Nursing Home staff for the love and care they gave their father – special Thank You to April who was so kind to our father through his stay at the Copper Ridge.
Vigil celebration of Vince's life will be on Tuesday July 9th at 6:00 pm at St Patrick's Catholic Church. Mass and funeral will be Wednesday July 10th at 11:00 am at St Patrick's Catholic Church, Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Luncheon will follow burial.