Jose “Joe” Chavez Ruiz, 93, born Dec. 23, 1924 in Safford, AZ to Jose Juan and Calletana Ruiz. Joe was called by the Lord on Nov. 13, 2018.
He was preceded in death by his parents; nine siblings and their spouses, Rosa, Sophie, Ana and Mike, Juan and Connie, Ida and Willie, Louisa and Joseph, Ophelia, Salvador and Beatrice, Celia and Chevo and George.
Joe is survived by his wife of 71 years, Rosa Hinojos Ruiz; his four children and their spouses, Joe and Joyce, Danny and Yvonne, Gloria and Tom, David and Cathy. Also surviving are his sister Lily; 23 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.
Joe served proudly in the U.S. Navy, against his father’s wishes, from Nov. 25, 1944 – July 15, 1947. We were surprised to learn he could not swim. Joe, Rosa and family moved to San Manuel where he was employed for 25 years with Magma Copper. He worked many positions throughout his employ finishing up as Warehouseman.
Services will be held Dec. 1, 2018 at Sacred Heart Church, 601 E. Ft. Lowell in Tucson with 9:30 a.m. viewing; 10 a.m. Mass; interment to follow at Holy Hope Cemetery military section. Please join us for a meal and fellowship back at Sacred Heart Church Hall. Arrangements by Adair Funeral Home-Avalon Chapel