Mr. Ruiz was born Feb. 5, 1935, in Beeville to Federico and Francisca (Contreras) Ruiz. He was an employee with NAS Chase Field Civil Service and retired after 27 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Richard Ruiz Jr.; and granddaughter, Amber Celeste Salazar.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita A. Ruiz of Beeville; two sons, David (Rhonda) Ruiz of Beeville and Jerry (Claudia) Ruiz of New Braunfels; seven daughters, Palmira (Calistro) Gonzales, Gracie (Juan) Salazar, Lisa Ruiz, Debbie (Jerry) Chavarria, Janet (Benny) Martinez, Leticia (Jamie) Perez and Linda (Richard) Delgado, all of Beeville; two brothers, Robert Ruiz and Federico Ruiz Jr., both of Brady; two sisters, Elfida Garcia and Mary Ramon, both of Beeville; 28 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held Monday, June 9, at Treviño Funeral Home from 1 to 9 p.m. A rosary was recited there at 7 o’clock that evening.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Tuesday, June 10, at St. James Catholic Church at 10 a.m. with Father Luke Thirunelliparambil officiating. Interment followed at San Pedro Cemetery in the Clareville Community.
Pallbearers were Michael Ray Gonzales, Aaron Garza, Benny Martinez Jr., Marcus Ruiz, Robert Arrisola Jr. and Julian Martinez.
Treviño Funeral Home