Joe Angel Ruiz

Joe Angel Ruiz, 64, of Bryan, passed away Thursday, April 26, 2012 at College Station Medical Center. The first visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m., Monday, April 30, 2012, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Home in Bryan. A second visitation will begin at 6 p.m., also on Monday, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bryan, with a Rosary being recited at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with The Reverend Monsignor John McCaffrey officiating. Interment will follow at Bryan City Cemetery.

Joe was born on November 20, 1947 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He moved from Austin to Bryan in 1971. Joe was married to the love of his life, Lupe Ruiz. Joe was a General Manager for Ken Martin’s Family Restaurants for over 40 years. He was not only dedicated to his work, but to serving the people in the Brazos Valley Community. Although he spent most of his time working, he enjoyed gliding across the dance floor to country and western music. Often, one could catch Joe with his windows down, singing to his favorite tune. He touched many people’s lives and will truly be missed.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents, Encarnacion Ruiz and Marina Guerra Ruiz; and two brothers, Tino Ruiz and Ricky Ruiz.

Survivors include sons and daughter-in-law, Mark and Amber Ruiz of Bryan, and Joey Ruiz of Bryan; daughters and son-in-law, Linda and Juventino “Junior” Martinez of Bryan, and Donna Ruiz of College Station; brothers, Ramiro Vidaurri of Corpus Christi, Encarnacion Ruiz, Jr. of Corpus Christi, Reynaldo Ruiz of Corpus Christi, and Daniel Ruiz and wife Belinda of Pasadena; sisters and brothers-in-law, Frances Cantu of Virginia, Consuelo and Juan Sanchez of Ben Bolt, Blanca “Stella” and Lauro Trejo of Brownsville, Maria and Arturo Salinas of Bryan, Janie Kumar of Corpus Christi, and Gracie Rivera of Pasadena; grandchildren, Juventino Martinez III, Barbara Elaine Martinez, April Marie Ruiz, Sabrina Volens, Scott Volens, Jordan Martinez, Anthony Martinez, Avery Ruiz, and 2 on the way; and 5 great-grandchildren.


  1. To the Ruiz Family….My heart goes out to you in this time of reflection and celebration of Mr.Ruiz’s life. He was a Funny man who could always lighten a situation. He had some very funny jokes, some of which I can not post here….The one Picture in my mind…Is with him and Donna dancing on the Dance floor and both are so very Happy…With Prayers and Sympathy…..Rest In Peace Mr.Ruiz….

  2. Mr. Ruiz will be missed. He was always so nice at the restaurant. He would also go out of his way to deliver orders to us at St. Joseph’s when others wouldn’t or couldn’t. God Bless and keep you during your time of grief.

  3. My prayers go out to the Ruiz family. I knew Joe for many years. He was such a kind and loving person. May God bring you peace during your time of loss. ~ Sherryl Cunningham ~

  4. Joe was such a kind person, especially to my daughter. He hired her twice when no one else would, and I am forever grateful. I first met Joe when he managed the original Ken Martins…30+ years ago. I am so very saddened by his death. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  5. May Mr. Ruiz be in heaven shining down on us.
    Mr. Ruiz was a very nice and sweet person. I met him when i went to Ken Martins trying to find an inexpensive catering for the Bryan Police Spanish Citizens Police Academy graduation. All i had to do is explain to him that we did not have a lot of funds to get an expensive catering and he right away gave us a price we could afford and did it every time we went back! i kept trying to get him to come to the classes but he would always say he was very busy but i kept insisting every time i saw him. We will greatly miss him. am so sad i missed his funeral services but i just found out today that he passed away. My condolences to all his family you all will be in my prayers.

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