Gilbert passed away Friday, December 14, 2012 at home at the age of 86 years. Gilbert was born September 1, 1926, in Temple, Texas, the son of the late Luis and Abelina (Sanchez) Ruiz. He married Valentina Estrada on July 29, 1973; she predeceased him June 29, 2009. He was a very active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He retired from Malleable Iron after 43 years of service. He served with the U. S. Army during the Korean War. Gilbert was an avid fisherman and enjoyed teaching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren how to fish.
Surviving are his children, Yolanda (Daniel) Ortega and her family; Laura Ruiz and her family; Cynthia Garza and her family; Raymond Ruiz and his family; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; six brothers and sisters, Shirley Gomez, Alvino, Paula ,Connie Barsensas, Paul, Pete; many nieces and nephews and other family members including many family members in Mexico. He was predeceased by a son, David Ruiz; two brothers, Loy and Bill; three sisters, Rosie, Aniseta and Victoria.
Funeral service will take place 10:00 a.m. Wednesday December 19, 2012 at St Joseph Catholic Church, 915 N. 6th Ave. Rev. Joseph Schabel will officiate with burial in Mt Olivet Cemetery. Friends may call at the W.L. Case and Company Funeral Chapel 4480 Mackinaw Rd. from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday friends may then call at the church on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Those Planing an expression of sympathy may wish to consider St. Joseph Catholic Church.