Rudy Abel Zamora
August 27, 2009
Rudy Abel Zamora was born July 17,1931, in San Luis, Colorado, to Joe and Lucy (Pacheco) Zamora. Rudy grew up in Delta, Colorado until the age of 13 when his family moved to Grand County. Rudy went to work for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad at the age of 18. He was a section foreman for many years. Rudy was united in marriage to Bernice Salazar on July 12, 1967, in Hot Sulphur Springs, Colorado, and they celebrated 42 years together. Rudy was well known for his empathy, compassion, dignity, and faith by the people he came in contact with on a daily basis. While working for the railroad Rudy would give sandwiches to the hobos who rode the rails before he sent them on their way. Rudy would always tell everyone “see ya later its never good-bye”. Rudy had many sayings that he used as lessons in life. He always told them, “You don’t hate a person, you hate their ways.” He had nicknames for every one of the children and grandchildren who he always kept happy and laughing. After working for the D&RGW Railroad for 40 years Rudy retired and later went to work at Mountainside – Silvercreek for another 14 years. He was always busy doing yard work, or as a handyman in all types of repairs. He also had Rudy’s Vacuum Repair Service. Rudy belonged to AA and traveled to the jails and prisons in trying to help others out with their problems. Rudy celebrated 21 years of sobriety. If ever Rudy was needed, he was there.Rudy always put family first. One day he went out and bought two new bikes for the two oldest children. Well, the two younger children started crying when he came home without one for each of them, so he went back and bought two more new bikes that same day. Rudy will be greatly missed by his loving family and all whom were lucky to know him. Rudy passed away Aug. 25, 2009, at the Collier Hospice in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. Rudy was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Marion Zamora and Billy Zamora; and a son-in-law Doug Conner. Rudy leaves to mourn his passing: his wife Bernice Zamora of Granby; daughter Dana Zamora-Jolly of Denver; son Anthony Zamora of Grand Junction; daughter Ramona Cureau of Roundup, Mont.; daughter Tricia McAfee of Winona, Mo.; daughter Rebecca Hoeft and her husband Jeff of Omaha, Neb.; son Tim Zamora and his wife Nancy of Granby; daughter Maria Gossett and her husband Jeff of Oklahoma City, Okla.; 23 grandchildren Heather, Jed, Zach, Brian, Kristle, Costello, Anthony Jr., Mathew, Harley, Nathan, Joseph, McKenzie, Albert, Vanessa, Garrett, Byron, Olivia, Jadyn, Anna, Rudy, Alyssa, Isaiah, and Samantha; two great grandchildren Nathaniel and Kynlee; brothers Fred Zamora and his wife Lillian of Grand Junction, and Ernie Zamora and his wife Sharon of Fort Collins; sisters Louise Aragon of Grand Junction, and Anita Sewell of Phoenix Ariz.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.A Rosary Vigil will be held Sunday Aug. 30, from 6-8 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church, with Rosary recited at 7 p.m.Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 31, at Our Lady of the Snow Catholic Church with Father Michael Freihofer as celebrant. Inurnment will be at Fraser Valley Cemetery.Memorials in honor of Rudy may be made to the Collier Hospice Center in care of Lutheran Medical Center Foundation, 8300 West 38th Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the care and direction of Foran-Schoenfeld Mortuary – Hot Sulphur Springs.