In Loving Memory of
Ruben Fernando De Hoyos
Ruben De Hoyos age 89 died peacefully at home on Thursday March 3, 2016 after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis.
Ruben is survived by his loving wife of 68 years Alice De Hoyos, his daughter Cynthia De Hoyos and his son Ron De Hoyos of Baytown. He is also survived by his granddaughter Amy Upchurch and her husband Ken of Ball Ground Georgia, his granddaughter Debbie Hill and her husband Todd of Bothell Washington, his granddaughter Nicole Cosgrove and her husband Pat of Holbrook, New York, his grandson Jonathan De Hoyos and his wife Sarah of Hartford Connecticut. He is also survived by his sister Argentina Toddhunter and his brother Andrew De Hoyos. He is survived by his great-grandchildren Katie, Chloe, Ben and Blake Upchurch of Ball Ground, Georgia, his great-grandchildren Lauren Wurth, Eric Wurth, Emma Hill and Ella Hill of Bothell, Washington, and his great-granddaughter Danielle Cosgrove of Holbrook, New York. He is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents Cayetano and Guadalupe De Hoyos, his sisters Estella Morales, Aurelia De Hoyos, Amelia De Hoyos, Tavita Lopez, Ruby Tanguma, his brother Pete De Hoyos, and his loving daughter-in-law Nancy De Hoyos.
Ruben was born on November 11, 1926 in Baytown Texas to Cayetano and Guadalupe De Hoyos. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy at age 17 and served as a signalman on the U.S.S. Springfield where he witnessed the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay. In July 1947, he married his childhood sweetheart Alice Salinas. He was hired by Humble Oil & Refining and later transferred to Exxon Chemical where he eventually retired as a first line operations supervisor at the Unicorn Control Center.
Ruben will be especially remembered for his involvement in civic and community activities and organizations. He was instrumental in furthering Baytownâ€™s Hispanic community. He assisted with the development and implementation of a tutorial and parental involvement program at Horace Mann Middle School and Carver Elementary School. He volunteered as a tutor at Carver Elementary for Eight years and was selected as the Baytown Sun Education Volunteer of the year. He was a founding member of the Lee College Hispanic Educational Access and Completion Committee and was instrumental in promoting the importance of education among young Hispanics. For his community service, Ruben received numerous honors including the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Member of The Year for 2001, the Henry B. Gonzales Latino Leadership Award for 2002; he was selected as Refiner of the Year in 2005 by Exxon Mobil and he was a Baytown Sun Citizen of the Year Finalist in 2015.
At the time of his death, Ruben was serving on the Board of Directors for Community Resource Credit Union in Baytown. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Baytown YMCA, Friends of Lee College, Baytown Welfare League, the Baytown Opportunity Center, and the Promise Center for West Baytown. He was the first Hispanic elected president of the Baytown Exxon Club. He served as chairman of the Community Development Advisory Board and was a member of the Human Relations Council of Baytown and the Baytown Development Center. He was also active in the Kiwanis Club of Baytown, the Baytown Exxon Annuitants Club, and he served on the selection committee to screen applicants wishing to attend the military academies.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made in the name of Ruben De Hoyos to the following organizations: The Baytown Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Scholarship Fund; The Hispanic Educational Access and Completion Committee of Lee College Scholarship Fund. Both organizations will use donations toward student scholarships for Hispanic students wishing to pursue higher education.
The De Hoyos family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to Harbor Hospice, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Community Resource Credit Union and Lee College.
The family would also like to thank Rubenâ€™s many friends and co-workers for their words of encouragement and the many acts of kindness and consideration we have received during this time of loss.
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