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Rudy Archuleta

January 17, 1949 — January 23, 2023

El Rito


Rudolfo Cristobal Archuleta (Rudy) (aka - El Viejo) age 74, a resident of El Rito, NM, passed away peacefully at his residence, surrounded by his loving family on January 23, 2023.

Rudolfo was a kind and loving man who loved all his family enormously. He was a meat cutter by trade for nearly 30 years, and after retirement he loved to spend his time outdoors. He loved hunting and fishing during his younger years. His favorite pass time was touring on his trokitas, to the Pueblo or to the Monte de Piñon or the Sierra in El Rito and Vallecitos. He loved hauling his leña de Piñon and Encino and did it up until his death. He loved visiting his son and daughters and his grandkids, when they were out camping. He also loved playing sports to include jogging, basketball, and softball and managed many teams for many years. He also was a musician who played the guitar and harmonica and had a God given voice. He was unique and had a passion and love for giving “Los Dias” a New Year’s tradition in northern New Mexico, during his younger years.

He was born on January 17, 1949, in El Rito, New Mexico to Estella and Moises Archuleta. He is preceded in death by his father Moises, mother Estella, brothers Camillo and Pete, sister Genara, and first born brother Teofilo Archuleta.

He is survived by his son Christopher Archuleta (Bridget), daughter Kimberly Archuleta-Vigil (Cipriano Jr.), daughter Jerralynn Archuleta-Terrazas(Jaime), granddaughters Marisol Archuleta, Gabriella Archuleta, Carmella Archuleta, Karina Terrazas, LeAndra Archuleta and grandsons Alonzo Vigil and Luiscarlos Terrazas. Ex-wife mother of his children Partricia Gallegos. His sisters Romie Oselio, Isabel Siqueiros (Beto), and Floraida Martinez (Augustine) and brothers Ted Archuleta (Frances), George Archuleta (Frances), sister in law Grace Archuleta, Moises Archuleta Jr. (Genara), Cres Archuleta (Gail), Steve Archuleta (Isadora), and Tony Archuleta (Janet), along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

The Holy Rosary will be prayed at 6:00 pm on Friday, January 27, 2023, in the Sangre de Cristo Chapel of DeVargas Funeral Home in Española, New Mexico. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 4, 2023, at The San Juan Nepomuceno Catholic Church at 10:00 am with burial to follow the Mass, at Cementerio de San Juan Nepomuseno in El Rito, NM.

Serving the Archuleta Family as Pallbearers: Granddaughters Marisol Archuleta, Gabriella Archuleta, Carmella Archuleta, Karina Terrazas, LeAndra Archuleta and grandsons Alonzo Vigil and Luiscarlos Terrazas. Honorary Pallbearers: Goddaughters Rebecca Gallegos and the late Sasha Alire, and Godson Jeronimo Alire.

The family of Rudolfo C. (Rudy) Archuleta has entrusted the care their love one to the DeVargas Funeral Home of the Española Valley.

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