June 30, 1930


February 13, 2023



Service Details

A vigil to commemorate Mr. Ruiz’s life will be celebrated from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a recitation of The Most Holy Rosary at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2023, at Aguero Funeral Home and Crematorium, 4402 E. Saunders St., Laredo, Texas 78041.

Funeral procession will depart at 9:30 am on Thursday, February 16, 2023, from Aguero Funeral Home and Crematorium for a Holy Mass at 10:00 am at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church whose celebrant will be Fr. Anthony Mendoza.

Inurnment will be held at a later date.


Mr. Leopoldo Ruiz, Jr. entered into his eternal glory on Monday, February 13, 2023, surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Ruiz was affectionately referred to as “Polo” by his family and friends. Polo was the eldest of four children born to Leopoldo Ruiz, Sr., and Manuela Romanos-Ruiz. He and his siblings were raised in a modest home in central Laredo during the Great Depression years. Motivated by the struggles during these challenging years, Polo became a self-made man known for his entrepreneurial successes. In the 1960’s and 1970’s Polo owned and operated Polo Ruiz Texaco at the intersection of Market and Meadow. It was during these years when he taught his older children the values of hard-work and great customer service. Polo was also a master butcher who owned and operated Ruiz Custom Meats for over 45 years. Polo could always be counted on to provide you with the best “cut” of meats and a quick-witted joke. Having grown up during a challenging era, Polo understood the concept of brotherly love. This compassionate spirit led him to spearhead a food pantry project known as “Hunters for the Hungry” wherein thousands of pounds of meat were donated annually to several local charities including Bethany House. “…those who have done what is good will rise to live…” John 5:29

Mr. Ruiz was preceded in death by his loving wife Belia R. Ruiz, his sons Clemente and Roberto L. Ruiz, his parents Leopoldo Sr., and Manuel Ruiz and his brothers and sister Jose M. (Beatriz) Ruiz, Jorge R. Esparza, and Rosario Ruiz.

Left to cherish his memory are his children Rodrigo (Laura) Ruiz, Patricia Lee (Stephen) Furbacher, Ana Laura Ruiz, Rogelio Francisco (Sandi) Ruiz, Ricardo Rafael Ruiz, Leopoldo (Carmen) Ruiz, III, Teresa (†Luis) Guerra, Dora (†Jose) Santos, Wayo (Cindy) Ruiz, Rosario (Ramiro) Galindo, Jesus (Monica) Ruiz, Gabriel (Melissa) Guajardo, Juan Leopoldo (Lily) Ruiz and his daughter-in-law Elma Ruiz.  Mr. Ruiz is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

The family would like to give their utmost sincere thanks to Dr. Dennis Cantu, Dr. Ricardo Cigarroa and their staff and the staff at St. Jude Home Health and Hospice for the care given to Mr. Ruiz during his time of need.




15 thoughts on “LEOPOLDO RUIZ, JR.”

  1. ET - Park - Finance Resource Superintendent - Joanna Moreno 2

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. May our prayers and condolences bring you comfort and ease the pain of your loss.
    We did not get to see Polo often in the last few years but when we visited, he always welcomed us with open arms. Yes, the obituary describes him well, you could always expect a quick-witted joke from him, and he was a very compassionate spirit.

    He will be missed greatly, “Someone so special can never be forgotten.”

    Elda and Ted Tovar

    1. our most deepest condolences may he rest in peace.million blessing to the whole family.in the name of the father son and holy Spirit be with you.amen

  2. Nuestro mas sentido pesame por la partida del Sr Polo
    un fuerte abrazo y nuestros mejores deseos a toda la familia

    Pablo Vela

    1. Anna,Patricia and all the Family,my Heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beloved Father. Just now was reading the paper and found out he died on the 13th. Sorry I didn’t make it to the rosary and may not be able to go to the funeral on thurs., haven’t been feeling well. GOD BLESS THE FAMILY,MAY HE REST IN PEACE,ALONG SIDE YOUR BELOVED MOTHER,TIA BELIA. LOVE ALWAYS,Sari,Jorge Norma,Frank Gary, De Los Santos

  3. Our sincere condolences to the Ruiz family. I had the pleasure of meeting your father, God Bless his soul and give the family strength, through this hard time

  4. Our condolences to the Ruiz family. May Jesus be always with you on this difficult time. My family and I are with you in prayer. It is with great regret that I am not able to accompany you in person.

  5. Lety and Doyle Holdridge

    Our condolences and prayers for the Ruiz Family. We’ll always remember Mr Ruiz greeting family and friends with an easy smile, friendship, dignity and respect, and making lasting memories. May he Rest In Peace.

  6. Charles E Dickinson

    Ruiz family:
    Please accept my most deepest and sincere condolences for your loss of Mr. Leopoldo Ruiz, Jr.
    Polo, as we respectfully called him, was a very reliable and good friend to me for several years. I am sure Polo will be missed by the many people that knew him. My prayers will continue to your family.

  7. Guillermo & RosalindaVillarreal

    We join you in the sorrow for the loss of your lord one. Our prayers for the family are that you find peace and strength in the joy of the of the memories God blessed you with in the moment in forever. God Bless!

  8. Polo, Carmen & Ruiz Family,
    Our thoughts & prayers are with you. May you find comfort in cherished memories of your dad. May he Rest In Peace
    Ernie & Elvia

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