Ruben Vallejo Reyes

September 23, 1954March 28, 2021
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Ruben Vallejo Reyes, 66 years old, was born September 23, 1954 in Corpus Christi, TX. He gained his wings on March 28, 2021. He was raised in Corpus Christi, TX and graduated from Foy H. Moody High School in 1973. After 30+ years, Ruben retired as an Operator from Citgo Refinery.

Ruben was a loving husband, a father, a brother, an uncle, a grandfather, a friend and loyal fan of the Dallas Cowboys. After football season, Ruben was often found listening to Little Joe or George Jones with a cold Miller Lite. He had a passion and appreciation for all things music. He would regularly be seen tapping his foot to any beat he could hear. Ruben was an amazing saxophone and harmonica player. Some of his favorite times included welcoming his many nieces and nephews into his home to reminisce, re-connect, barbeque and share a cold one. Bonding with the Reyes crew at the ranch in Freer, TX was always something he enjoyed.

Ruben was a jokester who earned a nickname “Cheater” from his many colleagues on the B-Shift. He cracked jokes, pulled pranks and enjoyed making others laugh. Ruben was an “old school” neighbor. He made deliberate efforts to connect and be the go-to guy; always supporting and helping neighbors anyway he could.

A Boy Scout at heart, he was a dedicated fan of the game show Survivor and secretly wanted to compete one day. He was incredibly safety conscious and would pride himself in “No Lost Time” efforts of his refinery family. When working nights, he was notorious for trying to “quietly” snack on Chicharones or Fritos when he arrived home.

Vacations, especially cruises that involved Tejano music, is where Ruben found solace. Traveling with his wife was something he truly could not get enough of. He adored his grandchildren deeply and always looked forward to teaching random historical facts, visiting the Science and History Museum, playing board games, and challenging them to a game of Chess or Chuck E Cheeses air hockey. He was ever present at little league games and was their number one fan. His grandchildren were truly the love of his life.

Ruben is survived by his loving wife of 22 years, Terecita Reyes; his daughters Ruby (Jeremy) Hinojosa along with their daughter Camila, Rita (Juan) Hernandez and their children Janie Elizabeth and Juan Tomas “Bubba”, and his step-daughter Jennifer “Nena” Ramos. Along with his brothers Reynaldo (Dominga) Reyes, Ralph and Sister Rosalva (Richard) Ortiz. Ruben is preceded in death by his loving parents, Father Reynaldo Reyes, Mother Enriqueta Reyes and Brothers Rene and Richard Reyes.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life through the live streaming or in person. Visitation will be held on April 7, 2021 at 5:00 pm with Holy Rosary at 7:00 pm at Memory Gardens Funeral Home, 8200 Old Brownsville Rd, Corpus Christi, TX. Funeral Mass will be held on April 8, 2021 at 10:00 am at Christ the King Catholic Church, 3423 Rojo St, Corpus Christi, TX. Burial will follow at Memory Gardens Cemetery.

Honored to serve as Pallbearers: Juan Hernandez Jeremy Hinojosa Richard Reyes Roger Reyes Ramsey Reyes Gabe Martinez Tony Rodriguez

Honorary Pallbearers: Juan Tomas Hernandez


  • Visitation

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

  • Rosary

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, April 8, 2021

  • Burial

    Thursday, April 8, 2021


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Cynthia Wilson-Murry

April 8, 2021

Sending my sincere condolences to the Reyes Family and our fallen 1973 Classmate..Rest in peace Ruben!! 🙏❤

Diane Ponce

April 7, 2021

Terry, Ruby, and Rita I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man that I worked with and also a great friend before we work together. May his soul Rest In Peace . My prayers go out to your family.

Belia Garcia

April 7, 2021

My deepest condolences to you Terry and all the Reyes Family. Felix and I had some wonderful memories with you and Ruben. You will truly be missed Ruben. ❤️🙏.

Anita Garcia

April 7, 2021

My name is Grace Garcia, Ruben was a childhood friend of my husband. Ruben was my son, Aristeo Garcia, godfather at baptism. I wanted to give you and your family my deepest condolences. May Ruben rest in peace and my the Lord give your family consolation during this time of mourning.

Patricia Perez

April 6, 2021

Terry, You have my deepest sympathy, and are in my prayers wishing you comfort during this tragic time.
Trish Perez

Jesse Trammell

April 4, 2021

Ruben was good a guy, I got work with him a few times. He will be missed, you have our deepest sympathy and condolences. We're praying for the entire Reyes family.

Jesse and Chantel Trammell

Teresa Mota

April 3, 2021

Terry, Ramon and I are deeply saddened about Ruben, please know we appreciate your love and happiness you both brought to our family...You are in our thoughts and prayers...Love you

Linda Edwards

April 3, 2021

Terry, just want you to know how much we are praying for you and your family. May our Heavenly Father comfort you and the Reyes family. I will always cherish our friendship with you both at work and during his retirement. Love always, Robert and Linda Edwards

Cynthia Garcia-O’Brien

April 2, 2021

Sending our deepest condolences and prayers to the family, friends and loved ones of Ruben Reyes. On behalf of the Garcia family (Manny, David, Cynthia & Ruben), we’re so sorry for your loss.

Emma Reyes Salinas

April 1, 2021

My deepest sincere condolences to the Reyes family. My heart Hurts for your loss. Love and hugs. Emma Reyes Salinas


Abuelo, Ralph and Ruben