Raymond Ruiz, 57, died May 20, 2013, at his home in Rufus, Ore., after a short battle with cancer.
He was born in Yakima, Wash., to Jose Silvan Ruiz and B. Louise Hill.
He lived in Rufus for the past 33 years. He grew up and graduated high school in Antioch, Calif. He worked at Crown Zellerbach paper mill until it closed, then moved to Rufus, working at the local egg farm until he became disabled in 1999. He loved gardening and woodworking. A self-taught carpenter, he made picnic tables, rustic outdoor chairs and many other items.
He is survived by five brothers, Bill Ruiz, Chamberlin, S.D.; Robert Ruiz, Crescent City, Calif.; Terry Ruiz Green, Lyle, Wash.; Joel Ruiz Brown, Payette, Idaho; and Wayne Cooney, a brother-in-law, Clinton, Ark.; four sisters, Atha Lincoln and Rita Ruiz Paris, The Dalles, Ore.; April Hill-Robinson, Antioch; and Donna Angie, Crescent City, Calif.; and four children, son Kenny Ray Ruiz-Rickner, Crescent City; and daughters Jessica Coffland, Amanda Ruiz-Edge, and Healther Ruiz-Edge, Goldendale, Wash.; numerous aunts, uncles, cousince, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father and a younger brother, Everett Ruiz.
A potluck lunch and life celebration is planned at the Rufus Community Center Saturday, July 20, from 1 to 4 p.m.
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