Ruben John Mendoza

August 20, 1947January 11, 2013

Ruben John Mendoza, age 65, of Kyle, Texas, passed away Friday, January 11, 2013. Ruben was born on August 20, 1947 to Ruben and Lola Mendoza and grew up in Pacoima, California. He was the oldest of 8 children and has three brothers: Rod, Steve, and Randy; and four sisters: Shirley, Adrienne, Georgia, and Norma.

Immediately after graduating from San Fernando High School in 1966, Ruben began working at Lockheed in Burbank, California, as a Production Control Supervisor. On September 19, 1966, when he was 19 years old, Ruben enlisted in the Army. He proudly served in the Overseas Service European Command in Germany as a Sergeant from 1967 to 1969. During his time in the Army, Ruben enjoyed playing on the Army baseball team.

When he was discharged from the Army, Ruben returned to Lockheed where he proudly worked as a dedicated employee for the next 30 years. After retiring from Lockheed, he worked at various companies such as Sears, the United States Post Office as a contract provider, and was also co-owner of The Links in La Vernia Golf Course.

Ruben’s daughter, Yvette Mendoza, was born on April 4, 1972. His son, Ruben Mendoza, Jr. (Guy), was born on October 6, 1975. Several years later, Ruben met the love of his life, Dee Guillory. On March 29, 1980, they were married at the Chapel of the Bells in Las Vegas and two years later moved to Texas. As time went on, Guy met and married Erin. A few years ago, Ruben was blessed as he became a grandfather to Quashawn and Angel, Guy and Erin’s adopted children. His other “children” were his dogs that he loved so much. He and his German Shepherd, Maggie, would howl together and play soccer all of the time.

His grandchildren loved watching movies with their grandpa and looked forward to learning to play golf just like grandpa. Ruben loved to golf with his wife, his nephews, and his friends. For several years, he played in tournaments with his brother, Steve, and boasted a single digit handicap. As a very friendly and caring person, everyone loved him just as much as he loved everyone. He would always go out of his way to help others and befriend all who crossed his path, just like his father. Ruben volunteered as a Big Brother in Austin and also with the Texas Special Olympics in San Marcos.

Ruben joined his father, Ruben Mendoza, and other family members and friends in Heaven on January 11, 2013. He is survived by his mother Lola Mendoza, his wife Dee, daughter Yvette, son Ruben, Jr. (Erin), grandsons Quashawn and Angel, brothers Rod (Olivia), Steve (Karen), Randy (Vibiana), sisters Shirley Perea, Adrienne Moreno (Tony), Georgia Smith (Dan), Norma Herrera (Greg), and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and friends too many to name.

Ruben will be missed, but his legacy lives in all of us.

Memorial services will be held at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Kyle United Methodist Church located at 408 W. Lockhart Street in Kyle Texas.


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Norma Herrera

February 3, 2013

To my oldest brother, I will always remember tagging along on your dates and the rides to get ice cream just so you can drive your car. I will miss our talks on birthday and holidays. Luv you dearly, give Dad,Grandpa,and our sister Paula a hug and kiss for us. Missing you.

steve mendoza

February 2, 2013

Hey buddy,I want to thank you for always being there for me.I will miss the one week a year we spent together playing golf,going to different places and telling tall tales about whatever.You were not only a great brother but also a great friend.The bible says life is but a blink of an eye,this was so true for me when I heard something on the radio the other day and the first person I was going to call to talk about what I heard was you.Please tell Dad,Grandpa and Paula we miss them and I will very much miss the times we spent together..I love you Bro.

Shirley Perea

February 2, 2013

My dear brother where do I begin. The times you pushed me in that red metal fire truck until I crashed into grandma's garage lol or letting me tag a long to all those parties and dances watching over me as a father would watch over his daughter . I will miss that 6:00am text asking if I saw my shadow followed by a phone call and we are both laughing until you say Hi sis. In my prayers I told our sister Paula you can dance and that you most likely start her punting lol. You will be missed and forever in our hearts. Love you bro

Mike Mendoza

January 28, 2013

I love you Uncle Ruben. You are playing golf courses with golden fairways now. Hit 'em long and straight and watch over us. We'll miss you.

Elaine Arroyo Bond

January 22, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with Ruben and the family. My love to all.

January 20, 2013

It was such a blessing and honor to know Ruben. Our family witnessed firsthand what a great father, husband, and grandfather he was. Earth's loss is Heaven's gain.

The Fernandez family

Robert, Tara, Jocelyn Lucas Perea

January 19, 2013

I will always remember playing in grandpa's golf tournament with Unlce Ruben, Uncle Randy and Guy. It was always fun to play and hang out with my family. Laughter comes so easy with all of us and that's how I will remember Uncle Ruben. His kind spirit and love for his family and friends were attributes that I always admired. We will all miss you but say hi to grandpa and all of our family and friends that are with you in heaven.

Sara Smith

January 19, 2013

We will miss you, Uncle Ruben. Though you are gone, I know that you are with Grandpa Mendoza and that both of you will always watch over us.

Roberta Perea

January 19, 2013

My thoughts and prayers to all of you. Wish I was there to say goodbye. But know we are thinking of you all at this sad time. At least grandpa is there with him now to show him the ropes again. Oxoxox

Annette Moreno

January 19, 2013

Uncle ruben, You Will be truely be missed by family and friends, I remember when you used to be Santa clause when we were younger those were some good Ol times. now that you are reunited with grandpa and Andrew your never going to have a dull moment because those are two jokesters.. I'm glad I had the chance to talk to you over FaceTime.. Love u uncle Ruben..