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  • "I will miss you so much Ruby and you will forever be in my..."
    - hope greene
  • "Ruben was very blessed to have a wonderful Florida family..."
    - Tim Wheeler
  • "Tim, My condolences to you and Ruben's family. May God and..."
    - Paula Freeman
  • "Ruben brought joy to our family when he joined it with his..."
    - Jessica Wheeler

Florida Southern College

LAKELAND - Ruben Martinez, 56, was born on January 3, 1957 in Hidalgo County, TX and passed on September 24, 2013 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center due to respiratory failure.
Ruben was the lead baker for Guest Services at Florida Southern College and was of Catholic descent.
Ruben is survived by his life partner, Tim Wheeler, his parents, Isabel and Barbara Martinez, his brothers, Juan Jose Martinez, Ramiro M. Martinez (Teresa), and Isabel Martinez, Jr. (Criselda), his sisters, Mary Brosy (John) and Tina Tisler (Dan), numerous nieces, nephews and his loving K-9 companions, Brendle, Kohl, and Brutus.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 26, from 5-7pm at Heath Funeral Chapel. A service will be held on Friday, September 27, at 11am at Heath Funeral Chapel with a reception to follow in the Tribute Center.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the SPCA, 5850 Brannen Road, Lakeland, FL, 33813.
Condolences may be sent to the family at


Published in Ledger from Sept. 26 to Sept. 28, 2013
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Heath Funeral Chapel
328 South Ingraham Avenue Lakeland, FL 33801
(863) 682-0111
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