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Ruben Olvera

Obituary for Ruben Olvera

November 25, 1946 - July 24, 2020
Helotes, Texas | Age 73

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After a long battle with cancer, Ruben Olvera, age 73, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Friday, July 24, 2020 at his home in Helotes, Texas. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, Papa, Abuelo, brother, uncle, and loyal friend.

He was born on November 25, 1946 to Rodolfo and Aurora Aleman Olvera in San Diego, Texas. Born into humble beginnings, he was driven by a strong work ethic to further his education and to generously provide for his family. From working as a grocery clerk as a young teen, to picking cotton with his family during the summertime to help make ends meet, he personified perseverance and diligence.

Ruben graduated from San Diego High School in 1965. He then continued his education at Texas A&I University in Kingsville, Texas. Determined to obtain his electrical engineering degree, he hitchhiked his entire freshman year from San Diego to Kingsville. So intelligent and gifted in his field, he managed to travel back and forth without much worry of homework or studying for exams. While in college, he met the love of his life Evelia Sylvia Martinez. In 1969, they were married in Laredo, Texas. Ruben graduated from Texas A&I University in 1970 with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering.

Ruben initially taught math at Lamar Junior High School in Laredo, Texas from 1970-1973. In 1973, he joined the engineering staff of Central Power and Light Company and was with the company until his retirement. He enjoyed a long career with Central Power and Light/AEP and worked in both the Laredo and Corpus Christi offices during his time with the company. Ruben was a licensed member of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers. In 1979, he was named Engineer of the Year by the Gateway Chapter of Texas Society of Professional Engineers.

Ruben later obtained an MBA from Laredo State University in 1980 while attending night classes. Ruben was able to create wonderful lifelong friendships at CPL/AEP that he and his family will always treasure. Friends will especially remember his warmth, hearty laugh, and kindness.

After retiring from CPL/AEP in 2005, he enjoyed traveling the world with Sylvia and be-ing a good Papa to his grandchildren. An avid golfer for over thirty years, any day on the golf course was a perfect and happy day. He loved hunting in the fall and spending time on the family ranch. He shared that love with his son, nephews, and grandsons. In the years that he lived in Corpus Christi, Ruben liked fishing and was able to take his children on many memorable fishing trips to the bay. He took great pride in keeping a well-manicured lawn. He loved food and passed that joy on to all his children. Very often after having dinner, he would already be thinking about his next meal and ask "what's for breakfast?". Without an appetite in the final stages of his battle with cancer, we know he is enjoying his favorite meals in heaven. He spent many game days cheering on the San Antonio Spurs as a member of the Baseline Bums, and many fall Saturdays rooting for the Aggie Football team from his favorite recliner.

Always a faithful Catholic, he was a member of the Knights of Columbus at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Helotes. He volunteered many hours with his parish churches in Laredo, Corpus Christi, Portland, and Helotes. He provided a Catholic elementary education to all three of his children. He was an active parent volunteer at their parish schools, often volunteering for the school bingo, carnival, or BBQ. He was also active in many civic organizations throughout his life, including Rotary Club and the Boys and Girls Club of America.

Ruben Olvera was preceded in death by his parents Rodolfo and Aurora Olvera, and his siblings, Roberto, Rodolfo Jr., Jose ("Pepe"), and baby sister Oralia.
Ruben is survived by his loving wife of almost 51 years, Sylvia Olvera; children, Rebecca Ozaeta and husband Marc, Roxanna Hall and husband Greg, Ruben J. Olvera and wife Lesley; grandchildren, Josh Ozaeta, Charlie Ozaeta, Cecily Ozaeta, Julianne Ozaeta, Olivia Olvera, Sammy Olvera, Kristy Hall, Jonathan Hall; great-grandchildren, Kennedy Chasak, Theo Hall, and Callum Hall; siblings, Guillermo ("Willie") Olvera, Oralia (Ben) Flores, Lydia Olvera, and Enrique (Josie) Olvera; many nieces and nephews; as wells as numerous other relatives and a life-time of friends.

A Catholic rosary and mass will be held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Helotes, Texas beginning at 12:00 noon on Friday August 7th, 2020. Due to the current COVID crisis, seating is limited, face masks are required, and social distancing guidelines are in place. Friends and family who cannot attend are invited to view the livestream beginning at 12 noon with the link below. Graveside services are private and limited to immediate family only. Guests may sign the online guestbook. In lieu of flowers please consider making a memorial contribution to the American Cancer Society or the Mays Cancer Center, the Boys and Girls Club of America, or the St. Vincent De Paul Society.

The family would like to thank Dr. John Sarantopoulos, his nurse Kayla, and the staff at the Mays Cancer Center for the years of care they provided to our beloved Ruben. We would also like to extend special gratitude to Deb and Ysela for caring for him during his last days and hours.

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