Ruben (right) with his older brother Carlos.
In his uniform at the elite Military Medical School of Mexico where he was a medical student.
He heeded Pres. Roosevelt's call for workers to help in the World War II war effort. His assignment was to help work on and maintain the railroad system used for war troop movements. He was assigned to McMinnville where he met Alberta.
Studio photo taken in 1945 in McMinnville.
In Los Angeles.
Attending college in Los Angeles.
At "Our Mother of Perpetual Help Hospital" in Santa Maria, California where he worked.
Ruben outside of what was also known as "Sister's Hospital" in Santa Maria. Ruben & Alberta were married during this time.
The young couple.
Ruben worked for a time at the plywood mill in Willamina, Oregon.
Traveling in Mexico with John Wilcox.
The front page of the July 17, 1958 News-Register with Alberta at his side when Ruben, as a new citizen, was choose as the speaker at a community welcoming for new citizens.
Part 2 of text of News-Register article.
Ruben's U.S. Citizen Identification card that he carried in his wallet for 52 years until his death.
Son Carl's 10th birthday, October 14, 1962. From left to right: Ruben's brother Carlos, Ruben Jr,, Ruben Sr., Maria Elena, Carl, Marietta, Albert Rene, and Alberta.
Modes of Transportation all lined up in front of the house. Ruben "Rooney" Jr., Etta, Albert Rene, Carl, and Maria.
In front of the house with the old RV truck to the left. Front to back: Ruben Jr., Albert Rene, Dad's Mom Maria Elena, Carl, Maria Elena, and Ruben, Sr.
Alberta and Ruben caught in a casual moment at the Guadalajara Hilton Hotel during a train trip in the winter of 1966.
Guest lecturing at Linfield College for Dr. Elmer Million's (pictured right) class in Melrose Hall.
Out in the field for the Valley Migrant League, a War on Poverty community action program that served eight outreach communities in the Willamette Valley from its Woodburn headquarters. Ruben was involved in writing the original grant for the program and later served as Area Director for the Dayton, Oregon office; he also served a stint at the VML headquarters.
Standing in front of the new office for the Valley Migrant League next to the bank in Dayton, Oregon in 1965.
Ruben served as a Special Deputy Sheriff for Yamhill County from the 1960's up until his death.
A personalized letter from the White House. Ruben was ask to come to the White House conference on youth.
The official appointment for Ruben to serve on Governor Tom McCall's Commission on Youth
Ruben with Oregon Governor Tom McCall. McCall and Ruben went back to their work together in the 1950's as a small steering committee for the Oregon Committee on Migrant Affairs which lead to historic groundbreaking migrant civil rights protections passed into law in the 1959 legislature.
Ruben on an Oregon Public Broadcasting TV show. Legislator Wally Priestley is to Ruben's right.
The family at the Oregon State Capitol when dad's father visited in the late 1960's. Left to Right: Maria Elena, Alberta, Ruben Jr. Ruben Sr., Albert Rene, Narciso Contreras, Carl, Etta, and dad's step-mother Mina Contreras.
Ruben & Alberta dressed for a community celebration. Ruben was wearing an unusually large costume sombrero.
Ruben handled building maintenance for all the City of McMinnville properties. Here he is pictured outside Thrifty Grill in Downtown Mac.
Grandson Michael with Ruben.
Ruben's small classic Subaru 360. It was a 25 horse power, 2-cycle engine with 10 inch wheels and was 118 inches long. He had so much fun fixing it up and driving it - including taking it hunting numerous times. Notice the red flag to alert drivers to his presence. The child pictured is grandson Trevor.
A church directory photo.
Ruben with his mother Maria Elena, and his brother Carlos.
News-Register newspaper article as Ruben comes out of retirement to help the Hispanic community once again.
The Sunday morning Spanish radio program on 1260AM KCYX in McMinnville. Pictured on the microphones above Ruben is Isabel Montemayor. The radio board was operated by staff.
Mr. Fix-it Ruben puts up a carport among the many projects he did on his house of 50 plus years.
Ruben & Alberta in front of their house.
Ruben in a picture taken in his sideyard for granddaughter Regina's photography class.
Ruben with eldest son Carl, and his boys Aundrey and Ruben. This photo was taken in the side yard of the family home.
Ruben in his hunting gear with grandson Trevor and son Carl posed in front of the house.
Papa and granddaughter Erin in the kitchen.
Poised with his last deer "Bobbie." He got the deer seven minutes before the end of the season at the Shelburne farm.
Ruben & Alberta with oldest daughter Maria Elena.
In the kitchen.
Grandson Jordan puts on a command performance for a delighted Papa.
A birthday in the kitchen. To the right is family friend Jacob Martin Sollid.
Ruben with friend Felix Zamora.
A birthday party with the grandkids. Front row: Courtney, Ashley, Papa, and Lindsey(?) back row: Regina, Erin, and Trevor
Ruben with Nephew Jorge, and Brother-in-Law Francisco at his home in Mexico City.
Ruben & Alberta traveling.
At the Oregon Coast.
With youngest son Ruben, Jr.
Ruben on Santa Alberta's lap!
Ruben & Alberta's 50th Anniversary Party in September of 1998. Pictured left to right behind them are Alberta's brothers and their wives: Johnnie & LaTisha Schmauder, Carl & Ardith Schmauder, and Jimmie & Diana Schmauder. The anniversary party was held at McMinnville First Mennonite Church.
Grand-daughter Taylor with "Papa & Darling" in their kitchen.
Ruben with younger daughter Etta in the kitchen.
Ruben and his oldest son Carl with a bunch of grandkids: Left to right: Ashley, friend, Markie, Gina, Jordon, Erin, Courtney, and Lindsey.
At Cornerstone Coffee Roasters in Downtown McMinnville. Ruben & Alberta were famous for their coffee breaks years before at the old Thrifty-Drug Grill, and Burger King after.
At McMinnville's downtown street fair "Turkey-Rama."
Papa marking the family growth door with granddaughter Taylor, This door has marks on it going back to 1971.
Ruben was patriotic about his adopted county.
60th Anniversary cake at the community center.
60th Anniversary cake at the Hess Farm.
60th Anniversary at the community center.
Papa and Darling exchanging gifts Christmas Day 2009.
With son Albert Rene at the party on Christmas day 2009.
Celebrating their 62nd Anniversary September 13, 2010.
Celebrating their 62nd Anniversary September 13, 2010.
Ruben passed away Sept. 30, 2010 after being in the Newberg hospital for four days. He continued to dress himself, walk and be independent at his home of over 50 years up until the day that he went into the hospital. For more information, photos and an in-depth article about his life and work visit: MigrantMentor.com