Jose D. Ruiz
Jose D. Ruiz, 86, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, at Mercy Medical Center following an extended illness.
There will be no services at this time. Goettsch Funeral Home has taken Jose and his family into their care. By visiting goettschonline.com, you may share your thoughts, memories and condolences with Jose's family.
Surviving is his wife, Gayla; two stepdaughters, Brenda and Gwendolyn Kirkwood; eight grandchildren, Amber Simmons, Jasmine (Kenny) Tjaden, Olyvia, Lauren, Devin and Naudia Dixon, Lindsey (Scott) Baumgarten and Joseph Kirkwood; and numerous great-grandchildren.
Jose Demetrio Ruiz was born July 29, 1934, in Texas. He worked in several packing plants and eventually worked at the Iowa Mens Reformatory in Anamosa as a guard. He retired from the reformatory in 1996. Jose was a coach for both amateur and professional boxing in Cedar Rapids.