Manuel Pitones Ruelas, Jr. May 7, 1954 – February 15, 2017

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Manuel was born in Dallas, Texas, on May 7, 1954, and went to be with the Lord on February 15, 2017, at the age of 62. He is preceded in death by his mother Delia S. Ruelas.

He is survived by his father, Manuel P. Ruelas Sr.; his wife, Alice M. Ruelas; son, Adrian Paul Ruelas; daughters, Evonne Marie Ruelas and Valerie Michelle Ruelas; grandchildren, Johnathan Ruelas, Dalilah Escamilla, Adrian Lara, Adrianna Lara and Maksimus “Max” Escamilla. He is also survived by his brother, Charles “Charlie” Ruelas and sisters Sonja Munoz and Susan “Susie” Ruelas.

Manuel was a lifelong resident of Dallas, Texas. Dad was hardworking, strong, and loving. He loved his family and was deeply devoted to them. He worked long and hard days to make sure we had food on the table and a roof over our head and even a little extra. His work ethic and selflessness is unmatched. He made it his purpose in life to make sure the family was provided for. He loved watching the Cowboy games, emphatically yelling at the TV when they failed to score, and when they did score, he hilariously performed his “curly shuffle.” His energy and joy were contagious and Valerie would do the same. He was just that: loving, funny, caring and full of life. With dad, it was never whether or not he was OK, it was whether or not his family was OK. As long as we were well and happy – that is what mattered to him. Dad had nicknames for everyone. Mom was T short for T-Bone Steak, Evonne was Coconut, Adrian was Peanut Head and Valerie was Ballerina. Dad loved his grandchildren more than life itself. No matter what he was doing, grandkids, time stopped for the grandkids. He taught us to be strong, bold and courageous in life and in the decisions we made. Take the leap and grow wings on the way down.

The pain dad felt from losing his mother never left him. He carried this pain with him since the day she left. He is at peace now, free of suffering and with grandma. He showed his strength and love right up until his last days.

Visitation for Manuel begins at 6:30 on Friday, February 17, 2017, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Duncanville.

The Rosary will begin at 7:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 am, Saturday, February 18, also at Holy Spirit.

Burial will follow in Laurel Land Memorial Park in Dallas.