ALBERT RUIZ ARCE
Sept. 15, 1925 - Aug. 15, 2013
Albert Ruiz Arce, long-time Brawley resident, passed away on August 15, one month from his 88th birthday. He was with family when he was transformed from labor to reward after a long illness at an Orange County hospital. He relocated to Fountain Valley, CA in 2012.
"He passed quietly and peacefully among family, the way it should be," said his wife, Beatrice Gomez Arce. They were married at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in El Centro on Christmas Day, 1950. Albert retired from a 20-year career at the Imperial Valley Sheriff's Office. He worked as a laundry supervisor.
Albert was an avid golfer, and for a time, member of the Del Rio Country Club in Brawley.
Born in Calexico in 1925, he attended Calexico High School, and was proud to be a Bulldog. He and his twin brother, Humbert Arce, now of North Carolina, served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II.
Albert served as a president of the American Citizens Club (ACC) for two terms.
Visitation and rosary will be at Frye Chapel in Brawley, 799 Brawley Ave. on Friday, August 30 at 6 p.m. Services will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 8 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 153 E. Brighton Ave., El Centro. Burial will immediately follow at Evergreen Cemetery.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Brigido and Catalina Arce; his brothers Larry Arce, Robert Villegas, and Gilbert Villegas; and his sisters Georgia Renteria, Esther Hardin, and Gloria Torres. Albert is survived by his siblings, Humbert Arce, Rudy Arce, and Justina Garcia.
To acknowledge his life and cherish his memory, Albert leaves his wife, Bea, and four married children, Kathy Fuentes of Redding, CA, Albert Arce, Jr. of Walnut, CA, Elizabeth Whipple of Boulder City, NV, and Suzanne Larkin of Fountain Valley. His 10 grandchildren will remember their grandfather through his countless entertaining stories and sayings. He will be missed greatly.