Ernesto C. Ruiz (Neto) peacefully passed away on Wednesday, September 26th, 2019, at the age of 87. He was born on November 11th, 1931, in Fort Stockton, Texas to Tomas Ruiz and Antonia C. Ruiz. He was preceded in death by brothers Ricardo C. Ruiz, Salvador C. Ruiz, Tomas C. Ruiz, Pablo C. Ruiz and sister Felisita.
He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Manuela Ruiz, who was his best friend and business partner; son Orlando Ruiz and wife Ribia of Fort Stockton, daughter Madora Rockwell-Tracy of Lakeway, Texas; brothers Josemaria Ruiz, Eugenio C. Ruiz, and Noe C. Ruiz; sisters Candida Kelly, and Dominga Molinar; grandchildren Sabrina Ruiz, Trey Sarabia, Savannah Driver, Truman and Hart Rockwell; great-grandchildren JazLynn, Mason, Madalynn, Kason, Harley, and Sage.
Ernesto (Neto) was a lifetime painter contractor who aspired to make Fort Stockton beautiful. His nickname was “Rembrandt” and “Profe”. He was a mentor to many contractors who are currently in business. His son is continuing his legacy. He loved spoiling his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and his hugs and kisses never ran out. He was devoted to the Catholic Church, serving others who were less fortunate. He also had a passion for keeping his yard neatly landscaped with “yellow bells” blooming.
Visitation will be held Monday, September 30th, 2019 from 5PM to 7PM followed by a Rosary at 7PM at Heritage Funeral Home, 301 N. Main, Fort Stockton, Texas. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 at 10AM at Our Lady of the Guadalupe, North Campus, formerly known as St Agnes Catholic Church, N. Hwy 18, Fort Stockton, Texas.