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Ruben "Chief" Balderas Pelkey Sr

March 4, 1945 ~ December 12, 2019 (age 74)
Ruben as a child was greatly loved by his mother, grandparents, uncles and aunts. He grew up in Banning and spent his childhood playing baseball and football. His childhood friend was Dino Villarreal who later became his brother in law. Through out his life he was interested in many sport teams, like the San Diego Chargers. He also loved to fish and taught many family members to fish and bar-B-que. For many years he worked as a brick layer and stone mason and was greatly appreciated for his skill. He loved and was devoted to his family, his wife Connie, his children, grandchildren. Ruben always looked forward to family reunions, where he would meet up with the rest of his extended family. His bar-B-ques were well known at the reunions. Ruben was called the “Chief” by family members because he liked to be known as the head of the family. He loved joking, and teasing members of the family, especially with his cousins Bali and Lilly. He would make up names for each family member for fun. His brothers and sisters were always looking forward to the next family reunion to see him again.

Ruben will be greatly missed, for he was a big light that shined in the family.

Wife, Connie Pelkey, Daughters; Lucinda Powers (Bill) Caroline Ferreria (Mark) Amy Knopp. Sons; Ruben Jr. (Marcelina) Daniel (Cynthia) Brother Jess Mendez (Barbara). Sisters; Liz Arreola (Larry) Rita Mendez, Lorraine Mendoza (Roberto) Elsie Garcia (Phillip). Proceeded in death; Mother Amelia Balderas Mendez, Grandparents Augustine and Matiana Balderas, uncles; Nieves Miguel, Leonides. Aunts; Juliana Quinones, Josefa Velasquez (godmother), Maria Garcia, Cruz Balderas, family; Manuel Velasquez (godfather) Doreen Rodriguez, Gabriela Ferreria, Joe Balderas, Pauline Davila, Lilly Olguin, Roberto Mendoza and many more beloved family members.

 Service Information

Rosary
Wednesday
January 29, 2020

9:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church - Banning
157 W Nicolet St,
Banning, CA 92220

Mass
Wednesday
January 29, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church - Banning
157 W Nicolet St,
Banning, CA 92220


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