Ruben V Garcia

January 19, 1946April 1, 2013
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Ruben V. Garcia Sr., 67, of Spring Branch, TX., entered into eternal rest on the morning of April 1, 2013. Ruben was born January 19, 1946 in Brownsville, TX. to Luis and Enriqueta Garcia.

Ruben served in the Army during the Vietnam Conflict with the 169th Engineer Batallion from 1965 to 1967. He met his beautiful bride, Maria Ester Garcia, after his tour and they married on December 5, 1970 in Brownsville, TX. Ruben was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

In 1968, Ruben began a long career in the Rio Grande Valley Gas Company. He worked for 25 years until his retirement in 1993. Ruben was an avid hunter and fisherman and he loved to spend time with his family and friends.

Ruben was an active member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Canyon Lake, TX.

He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Maria Ester Garcia; along with 3 children, Liza and Angel Mireles of San Antonio, TX; Ruben and Samantha Garcia Jr., of San Antonio; Michelle Garcia Pena of New Braunfels, TX; 4 grandchildren, Jade and Seth Garcia and Quentin and Emma Peña; 7 siblings; Luis Garcia Jr., Enrique Garcia, Jaime Garcia, Celia Garcia, Margarita Hernandez, Olivia Maldonado, Elida Mosqueda; and many loving nieces, nephews and relatives.

Ruben was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Eudocio, Noe, and Fidel Garcia.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 4th, 2013 from 1pm to 9pm and Friday, April 5th, 2013 from 9am to 9pm with a Holy Rosary at 7pm at Funeraria Del Angel Buena Vista.

A Funeral Mass will take place at St. Luke Catholic Church 2800 Rockwell at 10am on Saturday, April 6th, 2013 with a committal service to Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

Serving as Pallbearers will be Luis Garcia Jr., Enrique Garcia Sr., Jaime Garcia Sr., Jesus Hernandez, Joe Mosqueda and Rolando Lugo Sr. Honorary Pallbearers Tomas De la Fuente Jr., Ricardo Luna, Mike Guajardo and Robert Perkins III.

You may view the obituary, sign the guestbook, and send your condolences online to Ruben V. Garcia’s family at or

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Funeraria Del Angel Buena Vista, cemeteries, mausoleums, and crematory. 125 McDavitt Blvd., Brownsville, Texas 78521 (956) 541-5400. Dignity Memorial Provider.


  • Visitation Thursday, April 4, 2013
  • Visitation Friday, April 5, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Saturday, April 6, 2013

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albert villarreal

April 8, 2013

Our deepest condolences to the Garcia family, I had the pleasure to know Ruben while hunting at Falfurrias where he would say was his home away from home.
God Bless you, Rest in Peace

Albert & Sylvia Villarreal

April 7, 2013

I worked with Ruben until my retirement in 1986. He was always a joy to be around. My sympathy to the family. Joan Jones Greenville, Texas

Penny Klanke

April 7, 2013

Ruben worked with my dad at RGV Gas company. He was always nice and a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers go to his family at this time.

Mary Anne Tarrant

April 6, 2013

I worked with Ruben at RGV Gas for many years. My condolences to you and your family. I will always remember Ruben as the happiest person making everyone smile.

Rudy & Aidee Salinas

April 6, 2013

Esther and family,

Our most heartfelt condolences on Ruben's passing. Our prayers of peace to bring you all comfort during this difficult time, strength to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

Rev. David Miller

April 6, 2013

May Tio Ruben rest in the hands of the Almighty. May they take long walks in paradise, as they plan for our arrival on Heavens shore. May you be comforted Tia Ester, Liza, Ruben and Michelle.

Lily Barbosa

April 6, 2013

Ester and kids,

Ruben was a very nice and special man. My dad (Chuy Nieto) was very fond of him and loved him very much. I will always remember his laugh. I always admired his loving way with his family and friends. My heart goes out to all of you. I will have you all in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Lily Nieto Barbosa (Chuy's daughter)

Javier Nieto

April 5, 2013

My deepest sympathy to the Garcia family.

Irma Joy

April 5, 2013


My deepest sympathy to you and your family. My prayers are with you and now you have a guardian angel watching over you. Love, your cousin Irma Joy (Flores)

Yolanda Gonzalez

April 5, 2013

Although we can't be with you while you remember my cousin Ruben, you're in our thoughts from afar. Words cannot express how sorry we are about your loss and we will keep you in our hearts and prayers. As the days & weeks pass & as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. We love yall. The family of Epimenio Vasquez,III from Plains, Texas and Abel & Yolanda Vasquez Gonzalez, Denver City, Texas. We love yall primos!