Reynaldo "Baby" Ruiz, age 83, passed peacefully from this earth on October 28, 2021 at his home, surrounded by family in El Paso, Texas. This community lost a good one. Reynaldo was born in Albuquerque, NM on April 2, 1938, the youngest child and baby of the family of Manuel and Sara Ruiz. "Baby" had a special way of making family, friends and acquaintances better people through his deep caring for those he met, his ability to lift people up to believe and accomplish things in life they didn't think possible and by offering his help whenever needed. He was a true gift and an absolute treasure. He was a proud Navy sailor, retiring as a Chief Petty Officer after 20 years of honorable service. He was also a teacher, a coach and El Paso's undisputed very best volleyball and basketball referee and baseball and softball umpire. When not spending time with family, he was likely mowing a neighbor's lawn, doing crossword puzzles or just relaxing with his Mariachi music. He is survived by his favorite person in the world, his loving wife of 61 years, Ester, their five children, Beverly (Rob), Richard (Emma), Albert (Kimberli †), Ruben (Patricia), and Lydia (Michelle). He is also survived by twelve beautiful grandchildren, four glorious great grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and extended relatives. Services will be private in respect of the family's wishes. However please join us via Facebook Livestream at facebook.com/sunsetfuneralhome on Thursday, November 18, 2021 for a Prayer Service and Eulogy at 12:00 PM. Funeral Services will also stream online from Fort Bliss National Cemetery at 2:00 PM on Thursday, November 18, 2021. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to either the Wounded Warrior Project https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/Default.aspx?tsid=10043 OR United States Olympics, Team USA Fund https://support.teamusa.org/give/195374/#!/donation/checkout?c_src=WOW20MMTUSA1 Services will be live streamed through the Funerals Facebook Page; https://www.facebook.com/sunsetfuneralhome Services entrusted to Sunset Funeral Home-Americas.
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