Ruben G. Chavez

Funeral Services:

Ruben Gracia Chavez, 89, a devoted Christian and family man, went to meet his Lord and Savior. Ruben’s sunrise was August 22, 1929 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Jesus and Guadalupe (Gracia) Chavez, and his sunset was September 17, 2018 in Potterville. A man of knowledge, peaceful calm, and quiet faith, family was everything to Ruben. He greatly enjoyed trips when he and his wife, Lucinda, would pack all of the kids in the station wagon and head to Texas to visit family. For a time, he ran his parents’ store, Chavez Grocery, and he later worked for Oldsmobile, retiring in 1987. Ruben enjoyed Spanish music, flea markets, word searches, and puzzles, but spoiling his grandkids with gum, spare change, ice cream, and cookies filled his heart with the greatest happiness.  Ruben loved his wife deeply, and it showed through the love he had for his family.

Ruben is survived by his wife of 68 years, Lucinda Martinez (Lozano) Chavez; eight children, Ruben L. Chavez Sr., Guadalupe Hoag, Sylvia (Ray) Jolly, David (Yvonne) Chavez, Armando Chavez, MaryHelen (Terry) Wheeler, Catalina Jones, and Manuel (Meg) Chavez; 24 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; siblings, Joe Chavez, Ramiro Chavez, Lucy Jalifi, Rosalinda Peña, special sister-in-law, Lucy Rendon; and many nieces and nephews.

Ruben was predeceased by his parents; son, Carlos “Danny” and son-in-law, Don Hoag; and siblings, Adolfo Chavez, Gloria Gutierrez, Jesus Chavez Jr., and Alonzo Chavez.

Graveside services were held Friday, September 21, at 2 p.m. at Benton Township Cemetery.

If desired, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Mary Catholic Church in Charlotte.

Friends and family are encouraged to share memories of Ruben on his tribute page at