VALENTIN RODRIGUEZ III (July 17, 1985 – April 3, 2023) the beloved son of Valentin
Rodriguez Jr. and Therese A. Foley in addition to stepmother Kristin E. Rodriguez.
He was more commonly known as “Ricky”. He spent many of his formative years in West Reading, a
borough in which his paternal grandfather and namesake had re-settled from Puerto Rico
Attending Sacred Heart Elementary School, he would later graduate from
Collingswood High School in New Jersey while living with his maternal grandparents.
Ricky’s affinity with nature and the outdoors inspired him to venture into the vocation of
landscaping, where he worked as a Crew Leader for Southern Botanica in Dallas, Texas. The
Covid-19 Pandemic, however, impelled him to return to his family’s home in Wyomissing, PA,
where he was most recently employed as a custodian by the Wyomissing Area School District.
Charismatic, dashing yet humble, unmistakably kind-hearted, inquisitive and genuine,
Ricky was naturally enabled to develop meaningful friendships wherever his travels led him. He was a
source of friendship, entertainment, conversation and consolation for his circle of friends and
family. His trout-fishing, beach-going and cat-parenting adventures, his ability to poke fun at the
trivially absurd, his facility for making his own way in different parts of the country, his mental
acuity and fundamental likability, generated countless memories for those that knew him. The
myriad of life experiences he garnered in his short time provided humorous anecdotes that
amused those with whom he engaged.
His siblings and cousins recall the merriment cultivated by the occasional rambunctious high-jinks of which he was capable.
Though his hobbies and undertakings were many and varied, it would seem, that most deep in
his affections, were those Ricky leaves behind.
In addition to his aforementioned parents, he is survived by three younger siblings: Steven Dakota Rodriguez, Sierra Maria Rodriguez, and
Andres Marcus Rodriguez.
An open house memorial service for Valentin “Ricky” Rodriguez III will be held April 16, 2023 at
3:00 PM at the Stone House (located at 1216 Parkside Dr North, Wyomissing, PA 19610).
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Greater Reading Mental Health Alliance, 1234 Penn Ave., Wyomissing, PA 19610 or at https://grmha.org/donations/
Cremation Society of Berks County, Inc., is in charge of arrangements.
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