OBITUARY

Saint Augustin "Gus" Longoria Ruelas

March 29, 1959May 6, 2019
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Saint Augustin Longoria Ruelas, 60, of Phoenix, Arizona went to be with his mother and father in Heaven on May 6, 2019. St. Augustin (known to his family and friends as “Gus”) was born in Phoenix, Arizona on March 29, 1959 to Augustin and Angelita (Longoria) Ruelas. Gus grew up in the Beaumont area of Texas, one of 9 brothers and sisters, where he attended elementary and junior high school. By the time he was in high school they were living in Phoenix. He graduated from North High in Phoenix in the summer of 1977. While in high school St. Augustin met the Love of his Life (his high school sweetheart) Rita and they married in February 9, 1978. Gus and Rita had 2 children when he decided that he needed to join the Army and serve our country. When he separated from the military, Gus, decided to go to tech school. He graduated and continued on to complete his BS degree as well. Gus found that his true passion was gardening and preaching “God’s Word”, which is phrase you could often hear him say. He and Rita grew their family to 5 children. His wife was his love and she remembers that he took her to her first cartoon movie “Robin Hood”. In addition to his life’s work, Gus loved his “own” garden. He planted all colors of roses and plants that he enjoyed with his family. He had a collection of M&M banks, along with snow globes and bells from all over. Gus’s children describe him as having a cowboy style with his flannel shirts, jeans, cowboy boots and his 2 cowboy hats that became “him”.. He also loved riding his motorcycle with Rita and taking trips together. He was a “Dallas Cowboy’s’ Fan!!, but he did learn to root for the Cardinal’s. Gus had many sayings such as: “God’s Word”, “A million Dollar Idea” (which he always had, and “Ruelas 2020” as he said that he was going to run for president. Gus will be remembered for his dedication to his family, God, and for his sense of humor. Gus leaves behind the Love of his life Rita and their children Augustin (Anabel) Ruelas, Tony (Maggie) Ruelas, Richard (Desiree) Ruelas, Jonathan (Marie) Ruelas and Dominique (Edgar) Gonzalez; and his oldest child Leticia Perez; grandchildren Bernice, Victoria, Cimone, Alonso, Luis, Angela, Gabriel, Sabastian, Matthew, Tiffany, Adrian, Lucy, Sofia and Jonathan Jr, Destiny, Kristofer, Rojelio, Yezeth, Antonio, Juan, Mireya, Neyel; and 1 great grandchild Bella Rose; brothers and sisters Angie, Janie, Linda, Nina, Susie, Blanca and Ronnie. Gus is preceded by his parents Augustin and Angelita and his brother Manuel. Visitation Service to be held on Friday May 17, 2019 at 10:30 am at Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary in the Garden Chapel (Parking in the rear) 7924 N. 59th Ave. Glendale, AZ 85301 followed by a Funeral Service by Pastor Jose Galindo; then in procession to the Longhaven Estates Community Center located at 5201 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85031.

  • FAMILY

  • Gus leaves behind the Love of his life Rita and their children Augustin (Anabel) Ruelas, Tony (Maggie) Ruelas, Richard (Desiree) Ruelas, Jonathan (Marie) Ruelas and Dominique (Edgar) Gonzalez; and his oldest child Leticia Perez; grandchildren Bernice, Victoria, Cimone, Alonso, Luis, Angela, Gabriel, Sabastian, Matthew, Tiffany, Adrian, Lucy, Sofia and Jonathan Jr, Destiny, Kristofer, Rojelio, Yezeth, Antonio, Juan, Mireya, Neyel; and 1 great grandchild Bella Rose; brothers and sisters Angie, Janie, Linda, Nina, Susie, Blanca and Ronnie.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, May 17, 2019
  • Memorial Service Friday, May 17, 2019

Memories

Saint Augustin "Gus" Longoria Ruelas

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Lazaro Acosta

May 10, 2019

I am a friend of both Nikki and Edgar, I have known both of them since high school. I remember first meeting Gus when we were all still in high school. From the moment I met him I instantly saw an amazing father and husband, he joked, laughed, and had a very down to earth personality that was so wonderfully contagious. On various occasions when were in the same car with Gus or at a family celebration he would overhear some conversation between friends and he would step in to give fatherly advise even to those that weren't his own children. For all these reasons and many more he will be dearly missed.

Blanca Benally

May 9, 2019

I didn't get to grow up with Jr (that's how I knew him), so i don't have very many memories. I am the last of these 9 crazy, beyond funny & always loving group. Even though I didn't grow up in the same house as Jr, he never made me feel like I wasnt his little sister. He always had a huge hug (I am not a hugger) for me that made me feel loved. Everytime I saw him, he would say "I love my little sister. " pouring love in to every word he said.
I will miss him, & I know he will have a huge hug, smile & a " I love my little sister. " when we meet again. I love you brother!

Alicia Parra

May 9, 2019

Tio I love you and going to miss you.

Nina Martinez

May 9, 2019

What can I say? My older brother, fun,loving,spiritual, next President of The United States. All I can say Love You Junior. Memory when he got a bean stuck up his nose. and he fell on me and discolated my shoulder.But all my memories are my beautiful love between a brother and sister.😍😍😍😍😍😇😇😇😇😇🤠🤠🤠🤠
Love your sis,
Nina

Yolanda Parra

May 9, 2019


Tio JR , ❤️❤️

I know that you're looking down on us now . You were the most influential man in my life. I hope that even for a second of every day I embody what you stood for. There are so many adjectives I could use to describe you; hard-working, caring, strong, loyal, funny, stern, gentle and many, many more. I love you and thank you for loving us like your own. ❤️

Love Yo-Yo

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