Wilfredo "Chico" Rodriguez, age 74, passed away unexpectedly on November 11, 2019 at the UH Medical Center in Andover,OH.
He was born September 6, 1945 in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico, a son of Marcial and Rosa (Serrano) Rodriguez.
He married Peggy A. (Hovanick) on June 2, 1969. After 47 years of happiness she preceded him in death on May 11, 2017. He is also preceded by his parents; and two brothers, Edwin and Alvin Rodriguez. He is survived by four sisters, Daisy Santiago of Albion, PA, Ana (Jesus) Jimenez of Albion, PA, Lillian (Jesus) Carbonell of Bristol, CT, and Madeline "Maggie" (Jose) Mateo of Flushing, NY; and five brothers, Gabriel (Carmen) Rodriguez of Chicago, IL, Victor (Marilyn) Rodriguez of Ashtabula, Walter Rodriguez of Houston, TX, Robert (Tari) Rodriguez of Erie, PA,and Ivan (Mary) Rodriguez of Ashtabula, OH.
Wilfredo was a 1967 graduate of Ashtabula High School; and he then served in the United States Army having served in the Vietnam War. He was injured three times without having been sent home; and he received many honors for his service. He was extremely proud to have fought for the freedom of his country. Wilfredo was active in veterans affairs by participating in parades, speaking at the schools, and setting up tables at various locations collecting donations for various organizations. He also actively helped other veterans to apply for benefits.
He was employed as a machinist by Rockwell International in Ashtabula for over 20 years; and later worked at Reliance Paper Company in Ashtabula until his retirement.
Wilfredo enjoyed going to swap meets and car shows with his wife and visiting numerous friends. He loved to care for his farm and his beloved cats. He enjoyed the company of the people at Ashtabula Physical Therapy; and always made the girls' day at Bob Evans, where he would eat a couple times a week. He had a way of putting a smile on everyone's faces around him.
After the passing of his loving wife he made sure to carry out her wishes to check up on her mother and make sure her needs were met.
Calling hours will be held on Friday, November 15th from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Baumgardner Funeral & Cremation Service, 134 Prospect St.,Andover, OH. A funeral service will be Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 2:00 PM at the funeral home with Rev. John Germaine officiating. Burial will follow in Cherry Valley Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati,OH 45250-0301 or at www.dav.org or to The Andover Foundation, PO Box 429,Andover,OH 44003.
Those wishing to share a fond memory or condolence may visit www.baumgardnerfuneralhomes.com
Published on November 13, 2019


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Martin Oquendo
Nov 19, 2019
Freddy was an amazing guy! Always happy and full of smiles! I’ll never forget that! He always loved old school classic cars and family gatherings. He told me he loved our family like his own! I’m blessed to have known him! RIP 🙏🏼♥️
Georgina Padilla
Nov 19, 2019
I also grew up with Fred. He was a beautiful person who had a lot of love to give no matter what or whom. He meant a lot to me and my family. He was always there for my husband who thought of him as a son. They share a lot of time together and memories at their job and after work too. He holds a special place in our hearts and he will be missed. I used to call him the mayor of Cherry Valley. Ou maybe gone but not forgotten. You will always live in our hearts. R I P our beautiful angel and watch over all of us.
Merced DelaCruz Gordito De Oro!!!
Nov 18, 2019
R.I.P Uncle Fred it was a honored to have been able to meet you , I remember your laughter and Colgate smile specially watching you eat the Big Texas style Tamales I will always keep my tradition going for Grandma & you when I go visit P.A & Ohio Bendiciones give Grandma a big hug 🤗 from all the Delacruz familia!!!! Prayers always going to all the Rodriguez family Meche. Happy Veterans Day your a true Hero!!!
Carmen Rodriguez:
Nov 17, 2019
Rest In Peace. Always in my hearth. Missed your smile 😃
Yvette Goodwin Barnes
Nov 15, 2019
Sorry for your lost Marilyn . Love you Yvette
Joe DiDonato
Nov 15, 2019
To my good Friend Wilfredo, Always with a smile on your face. Whenever we met, we always talked family first, Everything else came second. Our talks about the old neighborhood on W. 33rd St. were never boring, even though we always told the same stories over and over. I will miss seeing you, my Friend. Rest in peace in the Lord's arms... JoeD To The Family, My deepest sympathy for Your loss. Wilfredo was a kind and gentile Man. He will be missed dearly. JoeD
Zoraida Sanchez Torres
Nov 14, 2019
My heart is broken another angel has earned his wings. I grew up with Fred. He worked with my dad Roberto Padilla at Rockwell. He used to always come to our house and give me and my brother those famous root beer barrel candies. He and I baptized my niece Janisa Lei Padilla. What a wonderful man he had so much love to give to us all. He smile shined bright always. He will be missed by many. My condolences to the family from his extended family here in Florida. We love you Fredo and will miss you dearly. Like you no other. God bless.
Adamarys Taveras
Nov 14, 2019
I'm going to miss you so much papa, you took the time to talk to me and share your experiences and I'm eternally grateful for that. Rip beautiful soul, I love you ❤
Nov 14, 2019
I am so sorry about your loss.. I loved him like he was my dad. I waited on him and his wife for a very long time. When his wife passed he told me he would be were I worked at lease once a week so I knew he was okay. He touched every single person at Bob's. I know he's up there dancing and laughing with his wife now.
Michelle Bernard
Nov 14, 2019
My tio Fred was quite the character. Him and aunt Peggy never had children so uncle Fred's nieces and nephews were his kids. Gave allowances to us every time he saw us. I remember him coming to visit when we lived on 35th street and my mom had a pot on the stove full of leftovers for the dogs. Just a bunch of food thrown together. My dad comes in the kitchen to uncle Fred standing over the pot with a spoon digging in. My dad was like " ur eating the dog scraps u dummy," and Fred was like "oh no, this is still good. Don't give it to the dogs I'll eat it." If you knew him then you know he didn't waste food lol. I remember him taking us fishing and showing us how to clean the fish and cook th...em. So many wonderful memories I will always hold forever in my heart. I love you tio and I will forever miss you.Read more
Albin Duclet
Nov 14, 2019
RIP cousin 💔