Louis (Abel) Ruiz, 85, of Weirton, died on July 12, 2015 at the Weirton Medical Center with his loving family at his side. Louis was born November 18, 1929 in Weirton to Angelo and Regina Gutierrez Ruiz. He married his wife, Donna Bowen Ruiz on September 15, 1951, who survives. Louis was a perfectionist who began building custom homes at a very young age. He also worked for National Steel in Weirton as a steel inspector until his retirement in December, 1983. In between his years of employment in the mill and constructing homes, Louis served his country in the US Army during the Korean War, where he received an Honorable Discharge. His love for his country, his family, God and Jesus Christ and his friends was apparent in the way he lived his life. Louis was a lifelong member of Christ United Methodist Church and a former president of the Weirton Lions Club. He was also a member of the VFW, Elks, and Weirton Post 10 American Legion. In addition to his wife, Donna, Louis is survived by his sons Kent "Chico" Ruiz of Weirton, James Ruiz both of Weirton and John (Melissa) Ruiz of St. Clairsville, OH; daughters Kim (Gordon) Meador of Weirton and Liza (David) Zanolli of Warrington, PA; sisters Elizabeth Blacka and Anita Jenkins; seven grandchildren Sean and Jared Meador; Matthew and Joel Zanolli; Emily, Maura and Madison Ruiz and great granddaughter Isabella Meador. Louis was preceded in death by his parents, Angelo and Regina Ruiz; step-mother Theresa Ruiz and brothers Joe and Fred Gutierrez and Bernard Ruiz. Visitation will be held Wednesday 6-8PM at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, where funeral services will be celebrated 11AM Thursday. Interment will follow in Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Weirton where Military Services will be conducted by the American Legion Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 3598 Pennsylvania Avenue, Weirton, WV 26062.

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  1. Mrs Ruiz, John, Melissa and Family.

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

  2. Dear Donna,

    We are so sorry for the Ruiz family on the passing of Abe. Please know that you are in our prayers.

  3. A man so generous to all his family. His charchter was truly astounding. He treasured his family and loved ones. He planted his roots so deeply and they will continue to grow.

  4. Kim, I’

    m sooo very sorry to hear about your Dad……so very many good memories of him…….May God hold you and your family close in his loving arms and give you comfort……

  5. Dear Donna and family:

    Very sorry to hear of Abe\’s passing. May our dear Lord hold you all in his loving arms and comfort you at this most difficult time in your lives. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  6. Donna, Chico, & family, Our sincere sympathy for your loss. Our prayers are with you. Tony & Ruth Licata

  7. Kim, and family…. I’m so sorry for the loss of your father. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. …

  8. Kent, kim and family, so sorry for the loss of your father. You all are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May you find comfort in our lord who is always there.

  9. Mrs. Ruiz, Kent and family…I was very sorry to hear about Mr. Ruiz’s death. I remember poking around the homes that he and my dad built together and marveling at how a couple of men could make something so sturdy and beautiful from scratch. I also remember him as a strong man who also managed to be kind. I’m glad I had a chance to know him, if only from a child’s perspective, and I wish all of you peace and comfort in this time of loss. Sincerely, Dave Mayfield

  10. Jared, Isabella and I will miss you so very much pap .Isabella points to the sky and tells everyone “my pappy is in heaven”. “He’s a angel now”. And that’s exactly what you are! We are blessed to have you in our lives. And very blessed Isabella got to know her Great Grandpap. We will always keep you in our hearts and the memories alive. We love you and will miss you deeply. Until we meet again ❤️🙏 we love you

  11. My Mother and I send our deepest sympathy to the Ruiz family for your loss.

    Cecelia Jezierski and Patty Jersey

  12. Chico and family,

    Sending our deepest condolences on the passing of your dad. May all your memories help you through the coming days.

    Sam & Chris Greco

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