Rudy Martinez Berbena passed away on October 17, 2018 in Modesto, Ca at the age of 78. He was born on April 3, 1940 to parents, Frank and Eva Berbena, who have both preceded him in death. Also preceded in death by his brother, Manuel Berbena of Ceres, Ca. Rudy is survived by his son, Mike (Sandy) Berbena and grandson, Danny (Mariah) Berbena and great-grandchildren, Aria and Jaycee Berbena all of Escalon, Ca; extended family: Kristine Dyer of Modesto, Ca, Erin (Drake), Maddie and Drew Zwahlen of San Diego, Ca, Kathleen (Stefan), Evan and Blake Hackett of Alameda, Ca; siblings: Robert “Bob” Berbena, Felix “Choby” Berbena, Richard Berbena, Father Chris “George” Berbena and Mike Berbena; Godson Robert Berbena.
Rudy was a very loving, honorable, generous, happy man that had such a humble and kind soul that will be missed by so many, especially his family. He loved golfing, fishing, restoring antique cars and coaching baseball. He was a veteran of the National Guard of California, a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserves, a dedicated member of the Elks Lodge #1282 for 27 years, and was Elk of the Year in 2006. He was involved for many years with his love and dedication for the Veterans. Rest in peace Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and very dear friend. We love and miss you beyond any words that could ever describe. You will forever be our angel watching over us all. We see your signs that you are with us, and we feel your love. Until we see you again in heaven above, love, laugh, and dance with the angels.
Psalm 23: “The Lord is my shepherd…”
Franklin & Downs Funeral Home is honored to serve the Berbena Family. A Funeral Service will be held on November 2, 2018 at 2pm at Franklin & Downs Funeral Home McHenry Chapel, 1050 McHenry Avenue, Modesto, Ca. Burial will take place on Monday, November 5, 2018 at ??? at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery, Santa Nella, Ca. A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 2pm at the Elks Lodge, 645 Charity Way, Modesto, Ca. Donations can be made payable to Modesto Elks Lodge #1282, 645 Charity Way, Modesto, CA 95356, write in the memo line: Veterans Fund In Memory of Rudy Berbena.