Ruben “Hammer” Arch-uleta Sr. was born April 29, 1963, to Jennie Valadez and Chuey Aguilar. Ruben married Maxine Serna Archuleta on Nov. 19, 1988.
Ruben is survived by his wife Maxine Archuleta; daughter Elia Archuleta; sons, Nathan Padilla and his wife Tiffany, Manny Archuleta and his companion Cynthia, and Max Archuleta; grandsons, Lucas Archuleta, Jonathon and Ruben Archuleta III; granddaughters, Neviah and Nathan, Nikie and Destiny Archuleta, Vanessa Archuleta, Destiny Arch-uleta and Hopey Archuleta; sisters, Renee Archuleta and Regina Villa and her husband Mike; brothers, Rudy Archuleta and his wife Norma, Isreal Archuleta, Andrew Valadez and his wife Denise and Josh Arch-uleta. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Elia Serna; brothers-in-law, Jimmy Serna, Mike Serna, Richard Peralta, Manuel Miranda, Art Contreras and Phillip Jaramillo; sisters-in-law, Rachel Peralta, Josie Serna, Angela Serna and Joann Serna; and his father, Chuey Aguilar, of Texas.
He was preceded in death by son, Ruben Archuleta Jr.; mother Jennie Valadez; grandmother, Letecia Archuleta; grandfather Clovis Archuleta; father-in-law Severo Serna Jr.; brother-in-law Louis Serna; and numerous aunts and uncles.
Ruben was a loving husband, dad, brother and son. He was a very hard worker and provided every need for his family. Ruben loved spending time with his grandkids, but most of all he loved training his sons to box. He was a man with a heart of gold. Ruben touched many hearts and helped anyone in need when he could. He meant a lot to numerous nieces and nephews.
On Sept. 29, 2011, Ruben and his family gave themselves to the Lord as they turned their lives around. He loved attending his church “The Door.”
Ruben enjoyed going around giving his testimony and handing out his sword, which were invitations to his church. He was very proud of himself that he turned his life around and very proud of his family for choosing a better path as well.
Serving as pallbearers will be Manny Archuleta, Andrew Valadez, Paul Archuleta, Mike Villa, Louie Salcido, Art Contreras, Rudy Archuleta and Johnny Peralta.
Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Max Archuleta, Nathan Padilla, Roger Orona, Jason Barela, Andrew Contreras, Carlos Romero, Rudy Archuleta, Frank Archuleta, Isreal Archuleta Sr., Ramon Delos Santos, Ray Contreras, Tommy Miranda, Rena Orona, Rick Peralta, Shane McMath, Angela Serna, Johnny Lucero, Michael Archuleta, Michael Ramon, Danny Ray Guevara and Yvonne Olivares.
A prayer service for Ruben Archuleta Sr. will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, June 22, 2012, at Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home Chapel. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 23, 2012, at South Park Cemetery. Military honors will be provided by the Roswell Honor Guard.
The family requests that no gang attire is worn to the services for Ruben Sr.
The family will be receiving family and friends at 1410 S. Madison Ave.
Please take a moment to share your thoughts and memories in the online register book at andersonbethany.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson-Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.