Rudolph “Rudy” Diaz (1929-2016)

Rudy DiazRudolph “Rudy” Diaz

June 18, 1929 – April 13, 2016 

Rudolph “Rudy” Diaz, 86 of O’Fallon, IL, born June 18, 1929 in Corpus Christi, TX, passed away Wednesday, April 13, 2016 in Maryville, IL.

Rudy served 28 years in the U.S. Navy as a Machinist Mate, nuclear trained aboard various submarines. He then worked for Monsanto’s W.G. Krummrich Plant where he retired as Maintenance Superintendent. Rudy was a member of the Masonic Temple-St. Andrews Lodge #56 F & A.M. of Portsmouth N.H., Dania Shrine Club, and Scottish Rite Masonic Bodies Valley of Southern, IL, and Ainad Shriners of East St. Louis, IL.

Rudy was a loving man, who will be missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marion Diaz, (nee McNabb), a daughter, Sharon Kinzel, (nee Diaz), parents, Arthur & Mary Diaz, (nee Jasso), and his brother, Johnny Nesmith.

He is survived by his daughters, Denise (Jim) Fogwell of O’Fallon, IL, Colleen Bennett of O’Fallon, IL, a son Glenn (Charmaine) Diaz of Houston, TX, seven grandchildren, James P. Fogwell, Shanna Kinzel, Serena Hyder, Crystal Taylor, Dustin (Meredith) Hyder, Scott Bennett, and Tonya (William) Ozee, and eleven great grandchildren.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Cedarhurst of Shiloh, IL, and Liberty Village of Maryville, IL, for their excellent care.

Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital or Heartland Hospice. Condolences and tributes may be extended to the family online at

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 22, 2016 from 10:00 am -12:00 pm at Schildknecht Funeral Home, 301 S. Lincoln Ave. O’Fallon, IL.

Funeral service will be held on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 12:00pm at the funeral home with Rev. Danny Cox officiating.  Burial will follow at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO. with full Military Honors.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Schildknecht Funeral Home.