Samuel Ruiz, age 59, of Imlay City died Monday, April 19, 2021 at McLaren Lapeer Region Hospital of Lapeer. Samuel Medrano Ruiz was born May 19, 1961 in La Calera, Guanajuato, Mexico. He was the son of the late Refugio and the late Elisa (Medrano) Ruiz. Samuel lived in Chicago, IL and Goshen, IN before moving to Imlay City, 30 years ago. He married Elva Leon on May 2, 2000 in Estancia de San Jose del Carmen, Guanajuato, Mexico.

He owned and operated La Calera Grocery and Ruiz’s Taqueria, a grocery store and restaurant, respectively, on 3rd Street in Imlay City for many years.

Samuel is survived by his wife, Elva Ruiz; his children, Eric Ruiz of Stockholm, Sweden, Mauro Ruiz of Plainfield, IL, Samuel (Valeria) Ruiz Jr. of Plainfield, IL, Jimena Ruiz of Imlay City, Guadalupe Ruiz of Imlay City and Cristian Ruiz of Imlay City; his siblings, Maria (Leobardo) Guerreo, Laura Ruiz, Elsa Ruiz, Miguel Ruiz and Armando Ruiz; and his grandson, Logan Ruiz.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Refugio and Elisa Ruiz; and his siblings, Armando Ruiz, Refugio Ruiz and Rosa Ruiz.

The funeral was held Friday, April 23, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 700 Maple Vista, Imlay City, MI. Reverend Fr. Noel Cornelio, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, officiated. Interment followed at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Imlay City, MI.

Arrangements were entrusted to Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City.

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