Rudy Campoy

Obituary of Rudy Jesus Villa Campoy

Rudy Jesus Villa Campoy, age 78, passed away on February 21, 2023 at his home surrounded by

family. He was born at his family home in what is known as “La Cuarenta” in Guadalupe, Arizona in November, 1944 and was named by Mrs. Ruby Woods, a community worker. He was raised in Guadalupe with his 10 sisters and 4 brothers.  He is preceded in death by his father, Jesus Yoquigua Campoy in 1957 and his mother Ercilia “Rita” Campoy in 1991 and siblings Manuel, Primitiva, Juana Maria, Maria Luisa, Jose Maria, Jose Proto, Clara “Capiruchita,” and twins Sylvia and Cecilia.  He is survived by his wife Antonia of 51 years, children, Cristina (Magdaleno), Marco (Rose), Rudy Jesus (Lana) and Tonya, grandchildren Mark Jr, Marcellus, Drago, Miguel, Annalisa, Mia, Bobby and Rudy III, Zane and Yazmin, greatgrandchildren, Constantine and Bonnie.


Mr. Campoy comes from a large and extended Yaqui family, surviving sisters; Celia Valenzuela, Rita Altamirano, Elizabeth "Chavela" Casillas, Rita Garcia, Mary Helen Campoy, and brother Stevan Campoy Sr. his brother and many nieces and nephews. They all have memorable moments of their childhood and community life with Rudy, gifted with great conversations of world events, Yaqui history, and family stories.


Rudy attended Rural School in Tempe and joined the Boys Scouts as a young boy along with his neighborhood friends, Anselmo and Aniceto Matuz.  He was enrolled in a mail correspondence school and studied electronics.  Rudy is a United States Army Veteran who served in Vietnam from 1965-1967 in Quin Yan.  He later enrolled in Rio Salado College where he took drafting courses.  Early in his career, he worked for the Engineering Corporation of America where he surveyed areas for new developments near Guadalupe, including the Queen Valley, the “Master Craft” neighborhood on Guadalupe Road between Hardy and Kyrene Road, and surveyed the Rustlers Roost located in Phoenix.  While employed with the Corporation of America Rudy surveyed and designed the freeway “Mini Stacks” on I-17.  With his drafting and surveying skills Rudy designed and built his home with the help of friends and family.  He helped Guadalupe Community Members by surveying their properties with help of George “Kika”, his nephew, wife Toni, daughter Cristina and other neighborhood volunteers.  Rudy was also a Board Member of the Guadalupe Organization “GO.”  He retired from Salt River Project after 26 years of service as the Supervisor of Field Service Property Maps & Records. Rudy was always interested in the newest technology of his time building “walkie talkies” and transistor radios from scratch at home with his brother Steve “Nito” and George “Kika.”


Rudy loved sitting under his porch watching people walk by and talking to them.  He enjoyed gardening, reading history books, listening to music, photography, spending time with friends and family, especially with his grandchildren. He always emphasized the importance of education, respect for others especially elders, and always had kind and loving words for his children and grandchildren.  He always made his children and grandchildren feel loved and protected.  


Join the family at Yaqui velorio, 5 pm Friday evening, March 3rd and Holy Mass by Father David Myers on Saturday, March 4, 7AM at Santa Lucia, 5434 E. Calle Iglesia, Guadalupe, Arizona. He will be laid to rest at Guadalupe Cemetery.

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