GONZALES RUBEN A.|
Age 79, died on August 26, 2014. A Vietnam veteran and longtime resident of Squirrel Hill, he is survived by his children, Debbie (Cecil) Lizana, Dianna Harper, Teresa Callahan, Adrian (Renee) Gonzales, Andrew (Paulette) Gonzales; 13 grandchildren; 15 great- grandchildren; his siblings, Lucio (Jeanette) Gonzales, Robert (Yolanda) Gonzales, Daniel Gonzales, Rosemary (Armand) Champain, Gloria Gonzales, Marta (Eduardo) Arredondo, Elisabeth Galicia, Anna Ulloa, Jesus Cabrera, Carlos Cabrera, Susanna Cabrera; and dear friend, Rosemary Freeman. Preceded in death by his wife, Gudrun Gonzales; and brother, David Gonzales. He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force for 26 years and retired as a Master Sergeant. While in the USAF, Ruben was stationed in South Dakota, Georgia, Colorado, Hawaii, and overseas in England, Italy, Germany, and Vietnam. He received commendations for his work at the Air Force Academy and assisting with the Vietnamese refugee relocation program at Wake Island. A graduate of California State University, he worked for the Veteran's Administration for 24 years and retired as a Veteran's Claim Representative. He will be remembered for his courage, his service to country, and his love of golf. Friends will be received on Sunday, August 31, 2014, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at JOHN A. FREYVOGEL SONS, INC., 4900 Centre Avenue at Devonshire Street (www.freyvogelfuneral home.com). Funeral Monday, September 1, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial, St. Paul Cathedral, 7:30 a.m. Interment will follow at 9:30 a.m. in the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Aug. 29 to Aug. 31, 2014