Cruz, Ralph M. Jr.,
74, of Phoenix, AZ, was born on April 25th, 1937 and has gone home to be with our Lord on July 6th, 2011. Ralph was a beloved husband and dedicated father. He worked for the City of Phoenix for 37 years. He had a passion for his front yard garden of flowers, music and reading. His greatest joy was spending time with family and friends. He will be missed but will be forever in our hearts. We love you Daddy. His is survived by his wife of 47 years Angie, two children Steve and Arsenia, brother Ramiro, sisters Carmen Cruz Maya and Virginia Gatica. Preceded in death by his parents Ralph and Adela, and brother Max. Visitation will be held from 6-9 P.M., with Rosary at 7 P.M., Tuesday, July 12th, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Rd. Funeral Mass will be said at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 13th, at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 6200 S. Central Ave. Interment will follow at East Resthaven Park Cemetery.
Arsenia and Mom….. I am sad that it has to be because he died that I am back in contact. I saw him earlier this year outside of Petes Fish and Chips and in my hurry and rush with the kids I didn’t stop to hug the man that treated me like his own. I should have turned around instead of saying “I will stop by their home”. I will always remember what a loving Dad he was. Arsenia and Steve you two were blessed to have him as a father and Mrs. Cruz your man was better than diamonds from what I shared with you all many years ago. I remember I was in your home when Elvis died by the way thank you all for what an inspiration as a family you were to me back then. Cherish all the memories and may God give you all you need in this time of sorrow. My deepest condolences goes to your family. May he rest in peace.