July 26, 1956 – January 6, 2020
Kenny was born in San Jose California on July 26, 1956 to Sam and Louise Ruiz. He was raised in Linden California, helping his family farm cherries and walnuts. He graduated Linden High, majoring in baseball, football, and track. He married his high school sweetheart, Rosann Marino. He worked with his hands, remodeling homes for roughly 30 years. There wasn't much he couldn't build, fix, or create.
How best to describe Kenny? A true redhead! He was fearless, passionate, clever, not to mention hilarious and gregarious. It was always an adventure with him, so full of life. He loved trips to the coast, once climbing out of Monterey Bay in full scuba gear, a crab on the left shoulder and a starfish on the right. It all started with the annual beach trips with his 6 siblings and 18 cousins under one roof. Give him a fishing pole, and he'd find the nearest lake. In Tahoe, it was a challenge to name a favorite - poker, 21, downhill skiing, or steak and oysters at the Sage. Although, his favorite meal may have been pepperoni pizza and chocolate chip ice cream.
He loved spending time with his grandkids. Whether making wishes in the fountain or playing cards and eating pizza, this loving papa adored his four grandchildren.
Keeping his memory alive, his wife Rosann; daughter Jennifer(David) Sanguinetti; grandchildren Avery, Madison, Jake, and Holden; brothers Sam, Chris, David(Devina), Michael, and Matthew; nephews David, Jack, Jonathan, and Bradley.
Funeral Services are Wednesday, January 15 at 11 AM at DeYoung Memorial, 601 North California St., Stockton, with reception at the Waterloo Gun and Bocce Club. He will be laid to rest at the Linden Cemetery. Donations in Kenny's memory can be made to the American Heart Assoc.
- Sam Ruiz, Pallbearer
- David Ruiz, Pallbearer
- Michael Ruiz, Pallbearer
- David Sanguinetti , Pallbearer
- Larry Mamaril, Pallbearer
- Paul Diaz, Pallbearer
- Funeral Service Wednesday, January 15, 2020
- Final Resting Place
January 11, 2020
I have lots of fun memories of Kenny & being at the Ruiz house. I’m so very sad to learn of his passing. My heart goes out to the whole family and know he’ll live forever in your memories. He lives in mine
January 10, 2020
I remember Kenny and Cathy in the backyard of your house pretending that they were married. They had their arms around each other and Cathy would call him husband and Kenny would call her wife. We all howled and they got mad. Kenny was sweet and fun. I know how if feels to lose your sibling it's terrible but you will always carry Kenny in your heart. Love to Sammy and his entire family,