Ruben Villa Jr

Ruben Villa Jr

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U.S. Army

Army Sgt. 1st Class Ruben J. Villa Jr., 36, of El Paso, Texas; assigned to Area Support Group (CFLCC), Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; died August 18, 2006 from a non-combat related cause in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom .

A 1988 Bel Air High School graduate who joined the Army and was supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom died last week in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Villa was assigned to the Army’s Area Support Group, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Although his Army job designation was veterinarian, his duties also included those of environmental control officer.

“Veterinarians over there are sent to deal with the locals’ animals,” said Maj. Nathan Banks, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon. “They also inspect the water we drink . and make sure there are no airborne diseases that will affect the soldiers or the locals.”

He completed five Bataan Death Commemorative Marches held in honor of surviving and fallen soldiers, three full marathons and five half marathons; one in which he helped his wife, Cecilia, run the last three miles.

According to the 1988 Bel Air yearbook, Villa played on the varsity soccer team and in the orchestra, and was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Villa is survived by his wife Cecilia, his daughters Kristle, Jacqui and Jennifer, his son Raul, and his mother.

Ruben’s portrait is also located on Poster 5


One Response to “Ruben Villa Jr”
  1. There have been so many moments when I can’t remember my brother not being there for me. We had many good times and bad. We managed to weather the storms. Not only was he an incredible brother that could make me laugh no matter what, he was smart, sweet, and full of life. To other people who knew him they also knew him as an extraordinary person. He was known and loved by many. We are still receiving e-mails and letters from those who are still in shock. I still remember all the good times we had as kids growing up, I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful brother. These have been the worst five years of our lives. My mother, for losing her son, and myself for not only losing my brother, but my best friend. There wasn’t anything I didn’t know about him and there wasn’t anything he didn’t about me. My comfort is that all those memories can never be taken or erased, they will forever be in my heart. The one thing that does hurt very much is that there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of him, or cry for him. 36 years of memories with him just can’t be forgotten. He was a wonderful husband, son, brother, father. I know that he is in the safe hands of the Lord, so I have faith that he suffers no more.

    I loved you then, now and forever
    your little sis, Sharon

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