Samuel
Ruiz, Samuel Villarreal, a 51 year resident of Torrance, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 16, 2008 at his Torrance residence surrounded by his family. Born on October 16, 1937 in Monterey, Mexico, Sam was 70 when he passed away. He was a unique individual who had never met a stranger; he was friends to all. Sam began to express his talent at the age of 9 when he started to excel in trade school, this lead him to become a very talented carpenter. He loved to work with wood. Sam served in the U.S. Army during 1957. Upon return from the military Samuel opened his own furniture refinishing shop in Hollywood, thereafter he became a plant manager for a distinguished furniture company which he became Vice-President of. Sam also loved to take road trips with his family to numerous places throughout the United States. Another passion of his life was his garden. He gave vegetables to all his friends and family with joy. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Lydia; daughter, Elsa Journey of Torrance; son, Samuel Jr (Laura) Ruiz of Orange County; daughter, Millie Ruiz of Torrance; and 3 Grandchildren: Lexi Journey, Scott Journey, and Julian Ruiz. Samuel's sister Lydia Ramirez and brother Abel Ruiz. Also numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Isabel and Paula Ruiz. Funeral services will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Friday August 29, 2008 at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd, Torrance CA 90503 (310) 792-7599. Reception to be held afterwards in the onsite reception room. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718; via phone 1-800-ACS-2345, or on the internet: www.cancer.org.

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  1. Millie, although words cannot ease the sorrow of your loss, please know that you and your family are in prayers. I pray for your strength in Jesus’s name as you go through this difficult time. I know He is able to see you all through it, just BELIEVE and TRUST HIM for the same. I pray He will comfort you all and give all an inner peace that will surpass all of your understanding. Think on the good days you all have spent with your dad and hold to those memories. Love you much, Fulvia

  2. Millie, Please know that you and your Family are in our thoughts and prayers. That God would wrap his loving arm around you and your family and gave your strenght and comfort. With All Our Love Rick & MaryAnne

  3. Thank you lord for blessing me with the opportunity to know Sam and his family. God Bless the Ruiz family!

  4. Dad, I miss you soooo much. I love you with all my heart! You were the best man I’ve EVER known. Your strength and courage has left me amazed. I’m so grateful you helped me raise my son even if it was for a short time. Julian misses his daddy but knows you are in heaven. They just dont make them you like you anymore. Thank you for the unconditional love you gave me. I’m proud to have had you as my father. You were a man of great character and honor. I know your no longer in pain and for that I’m happy for you. You will be tremendously missed. I’m not sure when but I’ll see you later daddy.

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