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In Memory

Rudy Nieves

Rudy Nieves


February 2, 1944 - August 13, 2020

Rudyard D. "Rudy" Nieves died peacefully at home on Aug. 13, 2020, in Houston, TX. Rudy is survived by his loving wife, Jo Susa; three children, Michael D. Nieves (and Anita), Marla B. Hill (and Brian), and Stanton P. Nieves; sisters, Cynthia Brown (and Jerry) and Kathy Glore (and Terry); and his nine grandchildren. He was preceded by his mother and stepfather, Josephine Dunlap and James Dunlap. Rudy was born on Feb. 2, 1944, in New York City. He graduated Bishop McGuinness High School in 1962 and achieved a BS in mathematics from Central State University, Edmond, OK. Rudy's professional career was centered on computers. Eventually, Rudy & Jo started his company, FOCUS-CMC. He designed and developed records management software systems operating in 10 states, two Canadian Provinces and various other businesses. He was President and CEO for 18 years. Rudy enjoyed photography, and traveling, but his true passion was sailing. He was a member of the Oklahoma City Boat Club for 48 years, serving on numerous committees, often as chairman. To say that he was an active member would be an understatement. Rudy and his crew participated in weekly Club races and most Regattas and often traveled to out of town Regattas. He was happiest when he was at the helm ready to race. Rudy often said, "Short of winning, the start is the most exciting part of the race!" He was a fierce competitor, but always tried to honor the traditions of sailing as a gentleman's sport. He truly loved sailing and taught many to sail and even more to race. There will be a private family graveside service. There will also be a Memorial Service at the Oklahoma City Boat Club on Sept. 7, 2020, at 9 a.m. for breakfast and 10 a.m. for a modified eight bells. Online guest register is available at www.memorialparkokc.com In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to the Heart to Heart Hospice Foundation in Rudy's memory (www.htohhfoundation.org/donation). The foundation works with dementia and Alzheimer's patients and their families along with military and others.