Mr. Leopoldo Ruiz, 82, passed away on Friday, May 7, 2010. He was born in Las Vegas, NM on May 2, 1928 to Mariano and Lupita Ruiz and was the oldest of ten children. Mr. Ruiz was preceded in death by his loving wife Mauricia "Maureen" Ruiz and his son Russell Ruiz. He is survived by his children; Steve Ruiz, Rebecca Dyble and Genova Herrera and family in San Jose, CA. He is also survived by his remaining siblings; Salvador Ruiz and wife Lydia, Della Adams, Fredelina "Freddie" Palza and husband Mario, Helen Angel and husband Alfonso, Lydia Ruiz, Eloy Ruiz and wife Maria and Laida Martinez; as well as his grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and extended family. Mr. Ruiz was a disabled veteran (active member of the VFW) who served in the US Navy during the Korean War. He was a barber for most of his early life, enjoyed fishing and tending to his garden and raising his own green chili which he gave to neighbors, friends and family. He loved his children and grandchildren very much and was a kind, loving and tender man. We will miss him very much! A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday, May 14, 2010 at Holy Family Church, 562 Atrisco SW. A reception will follow immediately after the Mass in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. Interment will take place at the Santa Fe National Cemetery at a later date.
Published on: Thu May 13, 2010