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Rupert Gutierrez

September 7, 1941 — August 30, 2013

GUTIERREZ, Rupert Delao born in the heart of Los Angeles on September 7, 1941.  He moved the family to Palmdale in 1987 and was happy when all his brothers and sisters and thier families followed suit because family was most important to him, that was an added bonus.  He was the eldest son of Dolores Delao Gutierrez who still lives in Lancaster, CA and Clemente Otero Gutierrez who passed away before him in November 1992 and waited until Rupert joined him on August 30, 2013.
Rupert is survived by his wife, Maria De Jesus (Jessie), his six children, Dena, Rupert, Jerry, David, Palmira and Jose Gutierrez.  He is also survived by his grandchildren, Earin, Genevie, Nadine, Melissa, Jerry John, Virginia, Jesse, Jimy, Daniel, Lil' David and one baby girl on the way as well as great-grandchildren; Dominick, Lillian, Elijah, Jasmine, Monica and Adrianna.  Besides all the great laughs and endearing memories, he showed his love purposefully and with no reservations for all those he cared for.  He was always careful to make sure each of us in his life, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were equally loved by him.  Rupert had eleven brothers and sisters some are deceased and some still with us who he visited often as time, schedules and life's circumstances permitted.
Rupert enlisted in the United States Army on December 14, 1960.  He served in Vietnam and was proud to be part of the  23rd SPWAR Aviation Detatchment 27 which was comprised of the US Army, US Marines, and US Air Force with a distinction of being called a "Mohawk".  He was honorably discharged from the military on September 20, 1963 but continued his dedicated service as a reserve until the mid 1970's.  His buddies fondly nicknamed him Dusty.
Rupert endeavored all his life, wholeheartedly, to be the best at whatever he did.  That is what made him the best son, brother, husband, father and provider, grandfather and greatgrandfather.  Although Rupert was considered to be an astute and intelligent man, he never gloated about his time in the service or what position he held in the workplace.  In all of his life's contributions Rupert endeavored always to remain humble.  We his family, and all the good that he leaves behind in us, was 'pride' enough for him.  His greatest accomplishment of showing us how to love one another regardless of our differences and personalities, and good memory and feelings people held for him, until the very end, he always measured that to be the greatest achievement one could make in life.  Distance and time passed never changed how he loved.  If there were two things he could say for us to be able to move on without his physical presence, they are the words that he repeated often, "There is no such words as I can't", and "do your best with all your heart, no one can say anything, and you should have no regrets."
A visitation will be held from 3pm to 7pm Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at Chapel of the Valley Mortuary in Palmdale with a funeral mass at 10am Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at St. Mary's Catholic Church with interment at 2pm at Bakersfield National Cemetery In Arvin.
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

3:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Chapel of the Valley Mortuary

97 Vernon Street, Roseville, CA 95678

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