Ruben Ayala

Ruben Ayala

Tuesday, March 6th, 1934 - Thursday, February 20th, 2020
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Ruben Ayala passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020 in Edinburg, Texas. He was surrounded by loving family and went peacefully with our Lord and Savior. Ruben was a devoted son, husband, loving father and grandfather. He had a wonderful positive spirit about life and carried a smile that was contagious.

Ruben is preceded in death by his father, Ernesto Ayala; mother, Clara Ayala; sister, Maria Alicia (Raul) Daniel; Son, Ruben Ayala, Jr. as well as his in-laws, Adolfo and Virginia Guerra. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Ayala and children Jaime (Janet) Ayala, Dora (Luis) Flores, 10 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren; brother, Ernesto (Amelia) Ayala; Raul (Elma) Ayala and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ruben was born on March 6, 1934 in Pharr, Texas. He attended the local schools in PSJA (Pharr, San Juan, Alamo) and graduated in 1954. He then became an alumni of Pan American College (UTRGV) in 1958 with a Spanish, P.E., Education degree and then earning a master’s degree from Texas A & I University (Texas A&M) Kingsville for Supervision, Spanish and Administration in 1971. Ruben had many titles within the education circle from teaching Math in a classroom to Elementary Principal to Administrator. He was highly regarded with Edinburg Consolidated ISD where most of his tenure occurred. He retired from education in 1994 where he then spent time with his grandkids and traveling with Gloria, his wife of 60 years.

Ruben was very involved with his community of Edinburg and served numerous years as a member of the Lions Club, Board member of the Edinburg Teachers Credit Union, Order of the Alhambra, Fourth degree Knights of Columbus, an Executive board member of the Boy’s Club, Coached Youth Baseball for over 25 years. Ruben was passionate about local politics and served the City of Edinburg as a member of Parks and Recreation board, Planning and Zoning board, Bicentennial Committee, member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He also served as the City Commissioner and for many years held the office as the Edinburg Municipal Court Judge. Ruben also had a very strong faith in our Lord and Savior and taught High School Bible Classes as well as serving on the Board of Directors at St. Joseph Catholic Church and was past president on the Advisory Board for Holy Family Catholic Church. He made outstanding contributions and was a loyal citizen to the City of Edinburg.

He had an infectious passion for music and enjoyed playing the saxophone in La Orquesta Universal and then with Orquesta Recuerdo con Irma Garza for many years. His best times in life were spent with his children and grandchildren. He loved the game of baseball and enjoyed coaching and countless hours watching his boys play. He treasured his time watching his only daughter dance with grace and beauty. Ruben had many laughs out on the golf course and thoroughly loved fishing. He and Gloria loved listening to music and dancing together until the end, and now he is dancing across heaven with the loved ones who left before their time. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.

Visitation will be held from 5 PM to 9 PM with a Rosary starting at 7 PM on Sunday, February 23, 2020 at Memorial Funeral Home, 208 E Canton, Edinburg, TX. Funeral mass will take place at 2 PM on Monday, February 24, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 501 E. Kuhn St., Edinburg, TX.

Serving as pallbearers will be Marco Luis Flores, Ruben Ayala III, Jaime Javier Ayala, Jr., Michael Anthony Mendez, Feliciano Cano, Rodney Garza Jr.

Honorary pallbearers are Brandon Lee Mendez, Manuel Ruiz Jr., L. Aron Pena, Roberto Pulido, Homar Rodriguez, Larry Garcia and Petra Gonzalez.

Funeral services are under the direction of Memorial Funeral Home in Edinburg.
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M P Ruiz

Posted at 06:43am
Mr Ayala was the epitome of teacher. Had Mr Ayala way back in the 60's at Lincoln elementary. He was very cheerful, never saw him lose his temper.One of the Best Teachers I ever had. the ones followin' should see his example. I fondly remember Mr Ayala and all the ones who left a positive impression in my life and will forever treasure their memory.
I apologize I will not be there but Mr Ayala lived a good life and left us as a positive role model. Thank You Sir, for being our teacher. You are the Best.

Baldemar Garcia, Jr.

Posted at 08:12am
To the Ayala family, my prayers are with you in your time of need. Take comfort in knowing that Mr. Ayala, is in a better place now, free from pain and suffering. I met Judge Ayala when I served as a police officer for the city of Edinburg. He was a humble and honest man. Judge, rest in peace. Jaime, my friend so sorry for your loss. Baldemar Garcia, Jr.

Ana Garza

Posted at 07:39pm
Mr. Ruben Ayala was a teacher at Lincoln School when I was in sixth grade there. I never had him as a teacher but I knew who he was. The door to our room was always open and in the mornings you could hear him playing his saxs. He was always cheerful and funny. I didn’t know about his illness but I just want to remember him playing his saxophone.

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