|Ruben A. Gonzalez|
|February 06, 1924 - April 13, 2012|
|Visitation: Tuesday from 4-7 PM April 17, 2012 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan|
|Mass of Christian Burial: Wednesday at 10:00 AM April 18, 2012 at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Milan|
|Vigil Service: Tuesday at 4:00 PM April 17, 2012 at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Milan|
|Interment: Wednesday April 18, 2012 at National Cemetery, Rock Island |
Ruben A. Gonzalez, 88, of Milan, died Friday, April 13, 2012 at Silver Cross Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rock Island. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 AM Wednesday at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Milan. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4-7 PM, with a rosary recited at 4 PM at Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, 201 E. 4th Ave., Milan. Interment will be at National Cemetery, Rock Island, where military rites will be conducted. Memorials may be made in care of the Roy Gonzalez American Legion Scholarship Fund, Milan.
Ruben was born on February 6, 1924 in Newton, IA, the son of Tomas and Maria Gonzalez. After graduating from Newton High School, Ruben joined the U.S. Army and National Guard during WWII.
Ruben married Delores Alvarez on February 21, 1948 in Muscatine, IA. Ruben worked several jobs over the course of his lifetime which included; the Rock Island Farmall Plant, Franks Foundry, and Alcoa, retiring as a general mechanic in 1991. During this time he also ran his own trucking company as owner-operator, RA Gonzalez Trucking.
Ruben was most proud of his trucking company. Notable area projects RA Gonzalez Trucking assisted with were the Rock Island flood wall, South Park Mall, and his most proud project, the John Deere Expressway. He retired from the trucking business in 1994 after 30 plus years.
Ruben’s memberships included; St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Milan, East Moline V.F.W. Post 8890, Local U.A.W. 1414, United Steel Workers Local 105, and the Teamster’s Local 371. He loved all-star wrestling, tinkering on projects, working in his garage and traveling. He especially enjoyed going to Mexico to visit family and friends.
Ruben is survived by his wife, Delores; children, Robert (Sandra) Gonzalez, Richard Gonzalez, and Denise (Daniel Vallejo, all of Milan; grandchildren, Doug (Denise) Gonzalez, Chicago, IL, Deana (Brian) Christensen of McKinney, TX, Dennis Gonzalez, Milan, Tara Gonzalez, Rock Island, Derek Gonzalez, Moline, Ryan (Jamie) Gonzalez, Hampton, IL, Jason (Jennifer) Vallejo, North Platte, NB, and Daniel (Molly) Vallejo, Ankeny, IA; 18 great-grandchildren; sister-in-laws, Lucy (Alvino) Terronez, Silvis, IL, Hilda (Raymond) English, Kewanee, IL, Sophie Gonzalez, Des Moines, IA, and Lorraine Gonzalez, Colorado Springs, CO; brother-in-law, David Morgan, Albia, IA; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughters, Marcella and Terry Gonzalez; sons, Vernie and Roy Gonzalez; brothers, Pete, Esequiel, and Albert Gonzalez; sisters, Rosaura Callahan and Mary Delia Morgan; brother-in-laws, Fernando and Adolph Alvarez; and sister-in-law, Carmen Hernandez-Picon.
Dear Aunt Delores and Familia, Our prayers and thoughts are with you. We loved Uncle Ruben and know that he is finally home with Father Creator, and his with his the rest of his family who are welcoming him home to Heaven. I know my Dad was there to greet him and show him all the neat tools in Heaven. I bet there was a mariachi band at the Gates of Heaven. Love, Cathy and Brian Karn
-- Cathy and Brian Karn
My deepest sympathy to the Gonzalez family during this difficult time. We lived across the street from you for many years and could not have asked for nicer neighbors. May God comfort you and give you strength to face the days ahead. Terri Brunswig Mclain (Hugh Brunswigs daughter)
-- Terri Brunswig Mclain
Richard I'm so sorry to hear about your father. I hope you find comfort in all of your memories.
-- Debbie Downing
my thoughts and prayers are with you Bob and Sandy. I had some good times with your dad at work.
-- Shane Day
Dear aunt Lola, we send you our condolences because of the lost of Ruben, big hug from Estela Gonzalez, Estelita Tamayo Gonzalez and Rodolfo Tamayo. Special greetings and our best wishes. From Guadalajara, Mexico.
-- RODOLFO TAMAYO GONZALEZ
Bob sorry for the loss of youre father,never had the honer of meeting him ,from what I read he seems to have been a great person,God bless him
-- Ken Balluff
Lolis! Te mandamos un abrazo muy fuerte, sabemos por el dolor que estas pasando y lamentamos no poder estar contigo y tus hijos! Te queremos mucho!! Y le pedimos a Dios por el descanso eterno de Ruben y tambien por ustedes para soportar esta pena tan grande!! De parte de quique´lucky chica, el gordo, diego, fer y yo los acompañamos desde aqui!!
-- Lucky Franco
Thoughts and prayers to all of the Gonzalez family. Rest in peace, Ruben.
Sally McDowell and Jim DeDecker
-- Sally McDowell
Dear Lolis, Lula and myself and our sons Beto and Ricardo send you a very warm and lovely hugh, may God help Ruben to rest in peace and for you and your sons peace and resignation.
-- Beto and Lula Franco
Mr. Gonzalez always had a ready smile when you walked into the room and a big hug. We always enjoyed our long conversations and laughs. We will miss you.
-- Tommy and Eileen Vallejo
To Bob and Family,
We were sorry to hear about your loss and just wanted to let you know our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless.
Carl and Jason McDowell.
-- Carl and Jason McDowell
Deloris and family I am so sorry to learn of Reuben's death. My wife and I no longer subscribe to the paper and I just learned of it today while visiting with my mother. Deloris and Richard I'm so glad that I was able to go over to your house this past summer and say hi to Reuben and you. I remember from our youth days how hard Reuben worked and how many hours he always was putting in. Again my deepest condolences to the whole family.
-- Steve Gotthardt