Eligio Rubel Cruz
May 5, 1938 ~ November 3 ,2019
Rubel was born in the hospital in Embudo, New Mexico. He was raised in Chacon, New Mexico until 1954 when he moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. He attended and graduated from Menaul High School in 1956. He played football, basketball, and ran track where he placed 2nd in 100 yard dash in the New Mexico State track meet. After graduation he worked with Tom Horton Construction Company and helped build the foundation for the Menaul School dining hall.
He served in the United States Army and 20 years in the New Mexico Army National Guard. Most of his career life he worked as a truck driver. He loved the outdoors, fishing the lakes and streams of northern New Mexico. He was an avid Lobo fan, having held season tickets for football and basketball for over 50 years and attended until failing health prevented it.
Eligio is preceded in death by son; Eligio Rubel Cruz II, parents: Eligio & Amelia Cruz, sisters; Eunice Cruz Romero and Antonia Cruz Kiem.
Eligio is survived by his loving wife of 47 years Alice Cruz (Wilson) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, brothers; Dan Cruz of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Roy Cruz his wife Margie of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brother-in-law Tony Romer wife Eunice of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Sister-in law; Maggie Benallie of Many Farms, Arizona, Mary Gomez of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Rubel was a kind, generous and loving person who will be dearly missed by all who knew him. We thank God for the years we had with him.
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