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Rudy R. Arias

Obituary for Rudy R. Arias

November 10, 1938 - January 18, 2018
Manassas, Virginia | Age 79

Devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend


Devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend, Rudy R. Arias, age 79, entered into final rest on Thursday, January 18, 2018. He was born in San Antonio, Texas to Jesus and Anita Arias. He was very proud of his hometown and his large family. Rudy was the neighborhood kid who had lots of friends and enjoyed playing outdoors. He learned how to swim, box and play baseball from his brothers. Growing up, he would box with the neighborhood kids in a boxing ring in their backyard. And, he was a pitcher while playing for the Pony League. His brother, Robert helped him develop the different pitches, while specializing in the knuckle, curve and slider balls. His father often worked long hours as a butcher, so his oldest brother, Richard would often be in the stands watching him play.

When his brother Robert went to the Korean War, Rudy put down the baseball glove and focused on his love for music.
Rudy developed a love for music at a very young age by playing the triangle in the rhythm band at Knox Elementary. When Rudy was 12, his brother Jesse bought him a trumpet with his paper route money. Rudy went on to play the trumpet in junior and senior high at Burbank High School. He loved being in the marching band and marching in various parades in Texas. His passion for music grew as he formed the Skylarks band with his friends and played at San Antonio area high school proms, dances and other local venues through his early 20s.

Rudy graduated from Burbank High School in 1957. He earned a music scholarship to attend Sul Ross University, but he turned it down as he didn't want to leave his hometown and close-knit family. Instead, he joined the Air Force Reserve and served for 8 years. He earned an Associate's degree in Accounting from San Antonio College and attended St. Mary's University. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service at the main post office in the Accountable Papers department in San Antonio for 47 years, which he was very proud.

Rudy was a jokester and a prankster. He loved enlisting his younger brother Roy, in teasing his sisters, Beatrice, Gloria and Anna. He enjoyed having a good time. He would often attend social dances with friends. Then, he met his one true love. He saw a girl he just had to meet and asked her to dance. They initially moved in opposite directions, but after some laughter they got in sync and remained together ever since.

Rudy and Betty were married in 1971 and devoted their lives to each other and their children, Maricela and Richard. They were proud of the Catholic education that their children received at St. Luke Catholic School, Incarnate Word High School, Central Catholic High School and St. Mary's University. Rudy was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church for 44 years. Rudy coached his son's soccer team for St. Luke CYO and Northwest YMCA for 5 years. Then, his son developed a desire to play football, so Rudy then became the person in the stands, during practices and games, rooting for his son's Pop Warner and Central Catholic teams. When he wasn't at the practices or games, he would shuttle Maricela and Richard around to their academic, soccer, football, track, dance, gymnastic and cheerleading events.

Rudy was a proud family man. He loved his growing family, which included his wife, children, son-in-law, daughter-in-law and grandchildren. He was proud to say they were a family of 10. He enjoyed taking his grandchildren out to McDonald's and buying them ice cream from the neighborhood ice cream man. He also attended his grandchildren's school, sport and ballet events. His legacy of devotion to family is carried on through his children and grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 44 years, Betty V. Arias; parents, Jesus and Anita Arias; brothers, Richard Arias and Jesse Arias; sisters, Beatrice Prados and Gloria Davila.

Rudy is survived by his daughter, Maricela Arias-Cantu and son-in-law, Rick Cantu; son, Richard Mark Arias and daughter-in-law, Sylvia Cisneros; grandchildren: Richard Matthew Cantu, Bruce Michael Arias, Salma Raquel Cantu and Ava Gabrielle Cantu; brothers, Robert Arias and Roy Arias; sister, Anna Hernandez and numerous nieces and nephews.

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Interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 1701 Austin Highway.

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