Laredo- Ruben Martinez, 68, went home to be with the Lord on April 29th, 2019, surrounded by his adoring family.
Ruben was born in Lubbock, Texas on October 13, 1950, the eldest of eight children. He graduated from Lubbock High School and attended Texas Tech University. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1971 and served with distinction with the First Infantry Division. During the Vietnam War, he was responsible for communication with the President of the United States. After the Army, he worked for Southwestern Bell for over 30 years and retired as an Engineer in 2005. During his retirement, he lived life to the fullest with his wife, Maria Teresa, of 24 years. They enjoyed traveling the world from the Vatican to whale watching in Ecuador. He drove fast cars, rooted for his favorite sports teams, launched model rockets and created his own backyard oasis filled with captivating flowers and fruit trees. He enjoyed every moment with family and friends making them laugh with his witty one liners. He continued with his sense of humor up until he went home to be with the Lord.
As a man of faith, he recognized the importance of a relationship with Christ filled with love, forgiveness, humility and joy. Over the years he grew as a man of God. He was most proud of his family and adored his wife Tere who he referred to as his soul mate. He and his wife had six children, twelve grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. He was blessed to be able to share his life with them and to see them grow in love and prosperity.
The family would like to thank Ruben’s nurse and daughter-in-law, Ana Laura Rodriguez and Serenity Hospice for their loving care.
Mr. Martinez is preceded in death by his parents, Erminia and Guadalupe Martinez, mother-in- law, Concepcion Zaragosa, sister, Mary Helen Valdez, and brother, Jesse Olivas.
Survivors: Wife, Maria Teresa; daughter Cindy Herbon and husband Grant, son Jonathon Martinez and wife, Araceli; daughter; Melisa Funez and husband Geovany; step-sons Jose Luis Rodriguez and wife Diana, Carlos Rodriguez and wife Ana Laura, Daniel Rodriguez and wife Ana. Grandchildren Everett, Victoria, Sophia, Hayden, Joey, Megan, Jude, Vanessa, Mario, Dylan, Mykel and Xander and numerous great-grandchildren. His siblings Becky Molina, Lucy Martinez, Guadalupe Martinez and Patricia Esquivel.
The family will receive guests Thursday, May 2, 2019, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services. A holy rosary will be recited at 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 3, 2019, at San Luis Rey Catholic Church. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 8:30 am. Interment will follow to the Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Full military honors will be provided by United States Army and the American Legion Post 59.
Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr. Laredo, TX 78041 (956) 723-3611. You may leave condolences to the family online at www.freddickey.com
Date: Thursday, May 2, 2019
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Rosary: 7:00 pm
Date: Friday, May 3, 2019
Time: 8:30 am
Funeral Mass: 8:30 am