Reyes M. Ruiz, 81, of Van Buren passed away Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, at a local hospital. He was a 21-year veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He was highly decorated, receiving four Bronze Star medals and three Purple Heart medals. He was selected to represent the U.S. Army in the Military Presidential Inauguration Honor Guard for President Nixon. He is a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Van Buren, Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Disabled American Veterans. He was preceded in death by his parents, Antonio and Maria (Mirelez) Ruiz; and a son, David Ruiz.

Survivors are his wife, Sarah Ruiz of the home; a daughter, Rosanna Ruiz Stubbs and husband Terry of Van Buren; two sons, Reyes M. Ruiz Jr. and wife Patsy of Roland and Antonio Ruiz of Van Buren; four sisters, Belia Romo of Uvalde, Texas, Eva Galvan of San Marcos, Texas, Antonia Stevens of Castroville, Texas, and Estella Garcia of San Marcos, Texas; five grandchildren, Tiffany Ruiz, Miranda Boyd, Kirsten Boyd, Jesse Ruiz and Sarah G. Ruiz; five stepgrandchildren, Christopher Johnson, David Rowland, Ryan, Lindsey and Haley Stubbs; and three great-grandchildren, Sophia Reyes, Caleb Klohn and Rylee Stubbs.

Rosary service will be 5:30 p.m. Feb. 18 with visitation to follow at Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Funeral service will be at 10 a.m. Feb. 19 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Van Buren. Burial with full military honors will be at Morrison Cemetery in Rudy under the direction of Ocker Funeral Home in Van Buren.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jacob Klohn, Ryan Breeze, Michael Reyes, Terry Stubbs, Jesse Ruiz, Ryan Munn and Terry Bogner.

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