Ramon “El Mone” Zapata Rodriguez Jr. was born to Ramon and Delores Rodriguez June 4th, 1943, in Del Rio, Texas and went to be with His Lord on October 31st, 2021 in Dallas, Texas. Ramon is preceded in death by his parents Ramon and Delores Rodriguez; his sister Naomi Rodriguez; and stepson Raymundo L. Duran. He is survived by his wife of 46 years Dora Lopez Rodriguez of Dallas, Tx.; their shared sons Juan Ramon (Aloma) Rodriguez and Aaron Rodriguez; and his children Ramon (Priscilla) Rodriguez Jr., Thelma (Joe) Losoya, Eli (Laura) Rodriguez, Ruben Rodriguez; stepdaughters Lisa Duran, Jennifer Duran; two grandchildren they adopted and raised as their own Kimberly (Carlos) Garcia Rodriguez and Jacob Rodriguez. Ramon and Dora share 6 grandchildren: Alyssa, Evelea, Aria, Ava-Rose, Katia, and Emmanuel. Ramon was a devoted grandfather and beloved by 31 other grandchildren, many of whom he helped raise and 42 great grandchildren. He is also survived by his brothers Daniel Rodriguez and Ernest Rodriguez; his sisters Hope Allen and Ruth Rodriguez.
As a Dallas resident of over 40 years, he worked for Supreme Beef and then retired from K & R Repair Services. Ramon was a talented saxophone player that played for many renown bands such as Lil Joe y La Familia, Frank Trevino, Ruben Ramos, and many others. After Ramon’s encounter with Christ, he became a devout Christian and a dedicated church member. Ramon became a devoted family man that was dedicated to his wife, children, and grandchildren. The pleasure of his life was being a grandfather. His children and grandchildren rave about his hamburgers and say no one could make burgers like him! In whatever church he served and saw a need he would fulfill it without hesitation, from cleaning restrooms to being on the deacon board. Ramon loved worship music and loved to worship his Creator. At home you would find him reading the Bible or watching Jimmy Swaggert television.
Ramon will be remembered for being a good and respected gentleman who loved and served the Lord and his family whole heartedly.