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Jose Ruiz

January 8, 1955 — November 11, 2020

Visitation for Jose Angel Ruiz will be Wednesday Nov 18, 2020 from 2-4pm at Terpening & Sons Mortuary in Artesia NM.
Mr. Ruiz , 65, passed away at The Heart Institute in Albuquerque NM with his daughter by his side. Cremation will take place under the direction of Terpening & Sons Mortuary.
Jose was born on Jan 8, 1955 in Redford Tx, the son of Jose Ruiz and Luz (Grado) Ruiz.
On September 11, 1974 he married the love of his life Sylvia Melendez Ruiz at Our Lady Of Grace Catholic Church. He came to Artesia NM in 1955 from Redford Tx. He was a certified mechanic in his early years and  took on many positions in the oilfield. He later retired and spent his remaining years at home enjoying time spent with his family. He was a member of Our Lady Of Grace Catholic Church.
Jose enjoyed rides to the mountains listening to his favorite music playing air guitar to his favorite rock bands and at times rolling down the windows and feeling the breeze of the fresh mountain air. His love for racing inspired him to build his own race car #8 and later competing in dirt track racing. He cherished the simple things and loved his family unconditionally. His grandchildren were the life and soul of him.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years Sylvia Melendez Ruiz of Artesia NM, his daughter Christina, son in law Johnny Zamora and children Mercedes and Johnny III of Hobbs NM, His son Joe Vince Ruiz of Artesia NM.
3 sisters Mary Lou Garcia of Chaparral NM, Hilda Ruiz of Las Cruces NM, Jane Ruiz
5 brothers James Ruiz (Luisa) of Hobbs NM, Johnny Ruiz of Hobbs NM, Ignacio Ruiz (Gloria) of Andrews TX, Ray Ruiz of Chaparral NM, Robert Ruiz of Artesia NM and numerous nieces and nephews
He was proceded in death by his parents Jose and Luz Ruiz and a sister Jane Ruiz.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Central time)

Terpening & Son Mortuary

611 W Grand Ave, Artesia, NM 88210

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