July 9, 1934 — Dec. 11, 2014

Graveside services will be Jan. 5 for Walter C. Rueda, 80, of Tracy, a military veteran who died Dec. 11 at his home with his family around him.

Mr. Rueda, a native of Tucson, Ariz., worked 40 years in road maintenance for the city of Oakland. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps, Army and Air Force and was a Green Beret during the wars in Korea and Vietnam.

He had lived in Tracy the past 40 years.

Mr. Rueda was a parishioner of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church and a member of the Secular Franciscan Order. He was also a member of the Tracy Moose Lodge No. 2283, American Legion Post 172, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1537, Military Order of the Cootie, California Honor Guard and 173rd Airborne Brigade, known as “Sky Soldiers.”

Survivors include three sisters, Veronica Stefani, and her husband, Robert, of Fremont, Fran Martinez of Sonora and Norma Wheeler, and her husband, Clinton, of Tracy; and many nieces and nephews and their children.

Preceding him in death were his wife of 35 years, Juanita Rueda, who died in 1999; his parents, Angel and Casimira Rueda; and a brother-in-law, Joel Martinez.

Graveside services will begin at 11 a.m. Jan. 5 at Tracy Cemetery, 501 E. Schulte Road. Hotchkiss Mortuary, 5 W. Highland Ave., is handling arrangements.

Contributions in Mr. Rueda’s name may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142 or www.stjude.org.

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