Ruben Ricardo Villarreal

December 21, 1945June 1, 2021

Ruben Ricardo Villarreal Sr. age 75 passed from this life to his eternal life with our Lord on June 1, 2021.

Born in Edinburg, Texas, December 21, 1945, to Tomas G. and Jovita L. Villarreal: second of four children. Ruben grew up on a small ranch in San Manuel/Linn Texas, and was very fond of ranch life. At a very young age, he was eager to learn, and his granddads, eager to teach, with him completing tasks beyond his age, i.e. transporting cattle at the age of 13. He delighted in their adventures, as well as those with his doting grandmothers.

Ruben attended Pan American College in South Texas before joining the Air Force; obtaining the rank of Staff Sargent. After his military fulfillment, he moved to Austin, Texas, and attended the University of Texas. He began his 37 year career with the Internal Revenue Service, where he would meet his future wife, Olivia. Ruben and Olivia were wed on July 17, 1971, and God blessed them with a long and happy marriage.

He is survived by his devoted wife Olivia, two loving children, Deanna and Ruben R. Jr. (Roxana), granddaughters Alyssa and Isabella. Brother Tomas Jr. (Marielos), M.Teresa (Tony) and Carlos (Terri)). And, many loving nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his father Tomas G. and mother Jovita L Villarreal.

Ruben was an avid golfer, and played often. He enjoyed watching Saturday and Sunday golf whenever he wasn't busy or "piddling" in his garage. He felt very honored to have played golf once with Tom Kite Sr, in his early days at the I.R.S. Hunting was another passion: a knowledgeable huntsman and crack shot. He thoroughly enjoyed his time with his buddies at their deer lease, the outdoors and camaraderie - more adventures to relish. His great love was spending time at his ranch in South Texas, visiting as often as he could get away. He felt the beauty, calm and peace he experienced was unequaled. Riding on his tractor or sitting on the porch would put such a smile on his face. Ruben and Olivia enjoyed traveling as often as possible: enjoying each other's company, new adventures, the food, the scenery, in far away places and those close by.

As a husband, he was kind, loving, caring and a good man. He was an amazing father and grandpa, making his family was his world: earning his children's love, respect and admiration. His heart was filled with so much joy at the birth of his granddaughters and doted on them with every visit. Family gatherings were a favorite too, visiting with family and friends. He will remain in our hearts until we meet again.

Services will be held on June 24th, at St. Ignatius Martyr Church, located at 126 W. Oltorf St, with Reverend Frank A. Macias celebrating.

Holy Rosary to be recited at 9:30 am Funeral Mass to be celebrated at 10:00 am Interment following Mass at Assumption Cemetery, 3650 S IH-35, Frontage Rd Please join us afterwards for a Celebration of Life, at the St. Ignatius Martyr Annex

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.



  • Recitation of the Holy Rosary

    Thursday, June 24, 2021

  • Memorial Mass

    Thursday, June 24, 2021

  • Interment

    Thursday, June 24, 2021


  • Reception


Ruben Ricardo Villarreal

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Whitney Rutz

July 1, 2021

Hi Olivia! Whitney with palliative care, I wanted to send my condolences once again and let you know I received your cards and they brought me to tears! Thank you so much. Reading Ruben’s obituary, I just know he was an outstanding man and I hope you’re doing well. What a wonderful photo of him. We all love you at south!! Sending more hugs, xoxo

Whitney, NP

Jennifer Gurley Werner

June 26, 2021

Olivia and Family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Dad and Ruben are probably reconnecting and sharing their IRS memories, hunting stories, fishing, etc. Ruben had such a calming, caring nature and I know you all are missing him terribly. Sending prayers to you all during this difficult time. From the Art Gurley family!

mary alice padilla

June 23, 2021

Aye Olivia!!
So so sorry to hear about Ruben passing away. Our kids went to school together! When we would take our grand babies walking in the neighborhood Ruben would be outside cutting grass or cleaning up and we would stop and catch up on so many things! Such a wonderful man always with that smile!
Our sincerest sympathies for your loss!! May all your memories sustain you now and forever during this difficult time!
We love you!

Mary Alice and Gabe padilla

George and Ginger Craddock

June 21, 2021

Hi Ruben and family. So sorry for your loss of your Dad, husband, grandfather. Know our thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days to come

Olivia Balandran

June 18, 2021

To Olivia Villarreal and Family:

Just want you to know that Ruben was a kind man and I valued his advise since he was a kind of mentor to me at IRS. He advised me on how to set goals and ways to achieve them as I strived to break into the management field. For that I will be eternally grateful as I took this advice to heart. He was also a golfing parter to my brother Carlos Moreno while he also worked at IRS.

May Ruben rest in peace! God's good and faithful servant...

Olivia Moreno Balandran