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Rudy A. Reyes

Rudy passed away Sunday, January 16, 2022, surrounded by his family at Allegan General Hospital.

He was born March 26, 1930, to Vincent and Eloisa (Abrego) Reyes in Austin, Texas. Rudy worked for Stryker, Clarage Fan and Hillside Cemetery. He enjoyed playing baseball, following the Detroit Tigers and playing his accordion. Rudy was a people person and enjoyed sharing a conversation with anyone who crossed his path.

He loved reading especially his Bible and encyclopedias. Rudy was a resident at William Crispe Community House until it closed. On September 8, 1951 he married Anita Olivarri who passed away in 2004.

Surviving are his children, Frances (Gary Leonard) DeKoning of Mattawan, Evie (Allie III) Watkins of Plainwell and Dodi (Bob) Watkins of Mattawan; step-sons, Nick Trevino and Louie Trevino; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Elvira Perez of Texas along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; son, Reynoldo; son-in-law, William DeKoning; grandson, Orlando Trevino and siblings, Oscar Reyes and Olivia Anthony.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 P.M., Friday, January 21, 2022 at Oakhill Cemetery in Orangeville, with Pastor Dan Beyer officiating.

Contributions in memory of Rudy may be made to

Wings of Hope Hospice of Allegan


Gun Lake Community Church


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Loretta Risner

January 17, 2022 at 2:09 pm

sorry to hear he was wonderful neighbor for many years always remember him whistleing …good memories of a great man


Ralph Woodstock

January 17, 2022 at 3:01 pm

Frances, Evie I’m so sorry to see your dad has passed. I know how much you both loved him and be sure that I am praying for your healing.


Terry VanLent

January 17, 2022 at 4:27 pm

So sorry Evie. I know how close you were with your Dad….I’m praying for you and your family at this difficult time❤️


Stephanie M. Herrera

January 17, 2022 at 5:51 pm

Uncle Rudy is my grandma Olivia’s brother. I loved spending time with him when he came down to San Antonio to visit. Uncle Rudy will definitely be missed❤️ Love, Stephanie Marie


Jennifer Mitchell

January 17, 2022 at 8:26 pm

Evie—I’m so sorry to hear that your dad passed. He was a nice man and I’m sure he will be missed!



January 17, 2022 at 8:34 pm

Loved this Gentle man beyond words! He always tought me a new Spanish word Daily. I will miss you Rudy❤


Lisa Cox

January 17, 2022 at 8:56 pm

Frannie and Evie I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. He was definitely a special soul. I feel blessed to get to know him and cut his hair every 3 weeks. I loved our conversations. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.


Bill Hall

January 18, 2022 at 7:17 am

Rudy was one of a kind. in the very best ways. Rudy was an important part of the men’s Bible study. For a ling time he cane and played his guitar , and by the way, he was really good., I was intersting to know that he came to Orandeville as part og a group of workers. He was a good person and I’ll miss him.


Tammy Leonard

January 18, 2022 at 9:59 am

Fanny, Evie and Dodi and family ~ sending hugs … May your love and memories of your dad let you smile .

GOD Bless


Albert A. Chavera

January 20, 2022 at 1:34 pm

Condolences to you & family. May he Rest In Peace. May he lay in repose in the Glory of God almighty, til we Meet again ✝️


Bill Hop

January 20, 2022 at 10:12 pm

We got to know Rudy through Samaritans Kitchen and our visits with him at William Crisp, enjoying our chats together about his Lord, Tiger baseball games and his family. A dear saint who always asked about how you were doing and cared so for others in many ways. Our lives are richer because of our friendship together, we will miss Rudy and his great smile and positive attitude.

Bill & Muriel Hop


George Zoerner GLCC

January 21, 2022 at 9:07 am

Rudy was always smiling and so easy to talk to. He was quick to laugh, and I will never forget his Detroit Tiger baseball hat. I will miss him.


Barb Chapman

January 22, 2022 at 11:30 pm

So sorry to hear Rudy had passed, he was very sweet man, I worked with him at Stryker, so kind everyone loved working with him, I saw him at Walmart a few times in Plainwell, we always talked for awhile, rest in peace Rudy, heaven has a beautiful angel, your family was blessed to have you I’m sure they all feel that way, prayers to you all. Barb Chapman


Paul Dean Helgren

January 28, 2022 at 11:16 am

R I P Rudy.

It was our pleasure to play at your graveside service. You will never be forgotten.

Paul Helgren ( One of the Forgetful Four)


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