Steven John Rodriguez


Steven John Rodriguez, 41 of Mena, Ark. died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021, at CHI St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. Steven was born Aug. 24, 1980, to Johnny and Phyllis Rodriguez in Vernon, Texas.

Steven was one of the kindest people you could ever meet. He was very outgoing and goofy, and loved to make people laugh. Steven served proudly in the United States Army as a heavy wheeled mechanic and specialized in transporting troops and vehicle retrieval in Iraq. His wife, Crystal, was the love of his life and his best friend. After many years of hard work, they moved to Mena and achieved their dream of opening and operating their own Truck Driving and UTV rental business together. Steven loved his family very much, and even when on the road he would always call and talk to his wife, children, and parents for hours on the phone and was snapchat buddies with his daughter.

 Steven was a very generous man, he often helped strangers and anyone he saw who was in need. He loved to ride motorcycles with his brother and dad and had a passion for cooking for his family. Everyone loved his crawfish and other Cajun seafood dishes he prepared. Steven was very intelligent and liked all kinds of different music and was never afraid to sing along with the radio. He was so proud of his children, and constantly bragged about them to his friends. The love he had for his wife, children, parents, and everyone close to him was impossible to match. Steven was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

Steven is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Crystal Rodriguez of Mena; his parents, Johnny and Phyllis Rodriguez of Frederick, Oklahoma; one son, Johnny LeRoy Rodriguez of Mena; one daughter, Angel Jean Rodriguez of Mena; four brothers and sister-in-law, Rodney Marrow of Florida, Roy Gene and Emma Graves of Dallas, Texas, Michael Rodriguez of Florida, and Adam Rodriguez of Frederick, Oklahoma; several nephews and nieces and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at 2:00 PM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel in Mena, Arkansas with Brother Jim Beasley officiating. Interment will follow at the Pinecrest Memorial Park in Mena under the direction of Bowser Family Funeral Home. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 15, 2021, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Bowser Family Funeral Home Chapel.

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