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Ricardo Ruiz, Sr. co-founder of Cha Cha's Mexican Restaurant, died suddenly July 19, 2014 from sustained injuries from a fall while working on his ranch. He was 67 years old. Ruiz was born in Michoacán, Mexico and moved to the city of Chicago where he opened a popular Mexican movie theater business from 1975-1984. While on vacation with his wife, Margarita, he was inspired to start their own restaurant and quickly moved to San Antonio. In 1985, the family opened Cha Cha's Mexican Restaurant which remains in its original location in Leon Valley. They later opend a second location on Babcock in the medical center. This year, they celebrated their 29th year of being locally owned and operated. He is survived by his devoted wife Margarita Ruiz, sons, Ricardo Jr., Isaac and daughter Margarita Bania Ruiz-Arteaga and five grandchildren, Sabrina, Alexis, Ruiz and Seth, Diego, Isabeau Arteaga. Ruiz was a strong entrepreneur, model husband, loving father and caring grandfather who loved his family unconditionally. He was known as a historian, a jack of all trades, and a massage therapist with a healing touch. He had a love of life that carried through everything he did. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 6:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. with a rosary at 7:00 P.M. at the Sunset Northwest Funeral Home on Bandera road. The mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Thursday, July 24, 2014 at St. Luke Catholic Church, 4604 Manitou Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78228. Expressions of sympathy may be made at www.sunsetnwfuneralhome.com
Published in Express-News on July 23, 2014