Jesus J. (JJ) Rodriguez, 49, died suddenly September 4, 2021, at a Conroe, Texas hospital. He was born December 10, 1971, in Waco, Texas, the son of Jesus J. Rodriguez, Sr. and Elouise Maldonado Rodriguez.
JJ graduated from Pittsburg High School, Class of 1990. He was active as a member of the high school varsity basketball team and the high school cross country team; he participated in three state-wide cross country championships and made all-state his junior and senior years. He attended Pittsburg State University. While at PSU he pledged Pi Kappa Alpha.
There were so many wonderful things about JJ. He never met a stranger; and was known to help anyone and everyone. He was such a caring and loving person to all he connected with in life. He was so positive in every thought and situation. He had huge love for the Dallas Cowboys, smoking meat on the grill and jumping in to teach his children anything he could. Each of us hold our own precious memories of our time with JJ.
He held exemplary management positions with Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, and Aaron’s. He was an amazing mentor, coach and boss to many.
He is survived by his wife Katie McDermott and children Marina, a senior at Wichita State University, Nathaniel of the home, Allec, airman first class with the U.S. Air Force stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska, Levi, recent high school graduate from Montgomery High School, Montgomery, Texas, and Abigail, eighth grade student in middle school. Also surviving are his parents Jesus and Elouise Rodriguez of Pittsburg, Kansas. Two sisters Elouise R. Logan of Tampa, Florida and Adelaide M. and husband Jeremy Newland of Wichita, Kansas.
He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews, cousins, aunts, and uncles.
To know him was to love him. He was the best son, brother, dad, husband, brother in law, uncle and friend.
A private ceremony for the inurnment of his cremains will be at the Timmons Chapel Columbarium on the campus of Pittsburg State University.
A Celebration of Life service is scheduled on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Brenner Mortuary at 114 East 4th Street, Pittsburg, Kansas from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. A Celebration of Life continues at the Homer Cole Pittsburg Community Center at 3003 North Joplin Street, Pittsburg, Kansas from 5:00 to 7:00pm.