Mr. Ruiz was born in Kenedy on June 25, 1961, to Salvador and Rita (Sanchez) Ruiz. He married Patty Muniz in Three Rivers on Feb. 4, 1984, and was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was an active board member of the Three Rivers Independent School District, serving as vice president and also served on the Live Oak County Fair Board. He was employed with Valero Refinery in Three Rivers.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dolores and Guadalupe Sanchez and Lucia and Galindo Ruiz Sr.
Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Patty Ruiz of Three Rivers; children, April (Joe Bob) Guerrero, Cody (Kristen) Ruiz and Brodie Ruiz, all of Three Rivers; parents, Salvador and Rita Ruiz of Three Rivers; a brother, Eddie Ruiz of Three Rivers; and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members.
Visitation was held Thursday, June 19, at the Three Rivers Student Activity Center from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday visitation was held at Galloway & Sons Funeral Home chapel in Three Rivers from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and continued at 5 p.m. with a rosary to begin at 7 p.m. at the Three Rivers Student Activity Center.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, June 21, at 11 a.m. at St. George Catholic Church in George West with Rev. Zielinski officiating. Interment followed at the Three Rivers Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Scott Carroll, Leon Martinez, Arnold Guerrero, Thomas Salazar, Orlando Ruiz, Richard Tanguma, Larry DeLaGarza and Jason Muniz.
Honorary pallbearers were David Sanchez, Robert Sanchez, Albert Sanchez, Michael Nunez, Allen Nunez, George Longoria, Jerry Muniz, Ronnie Muniz and Robert Ruiz Jr.
Galloway & Sons Funeral Home