Ruben Estupinan Estupinan

December 15, 1957 - February 7, 2024
Ruben Estupinan Estupinan

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Ruben Estupinan, born on December 15, 1957, in Zacatecas, Mexico, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2024, in Washington, NC. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Ruben’s age of 66 years was filled with a deep appreciation for life and an unwavering commitment to his loved ones.

Ruben was a man who found joy and contentment in the simplest of things. He loved the outdoors and embraced the beauty of nature with open arms. Down to earth and unpretentious, he believed that nothing needed to be fancy to be truly valuable. Ruben’s genuine nature was evident in his love for his family, especially his “Daddy’s little girl,” his cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

One of Ruben’s greatest pleasures was spending time with his family, particularly in his self-built workshop where he would create wondrous things alongside his grandsons. His passion for craftsmanship was matched only by his desire to impart wisdom and knowledge to the younger generation. Through this shared experience, he forged strong bonds that will forever be treasured.
Ruben had a heart that knew no limits. He was always willing to lend a helping hand, offering assistance to anyone in need without expecting anything in return. His selflessness and generosity left a permanent mark on the lives of those fortunate enough to have crossed paths with him.

One of Ruben’s simple pleasures was embarking on rides down country roads, just to see what there was to see. This embodied his philosophy of seizing the moment and living life to the fullest. The motto “You Only Live Once” resonated with him, reminding everyone of the importance of embracing every opportunity and finding the beauty in each day.

Ruben will be deeply missed by his wife, Shirley Estupinan, their daughter Inocencia Vanderpool, and their extended family. He leaves behind 17 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, 3 brothers, and 9 sisters who will carry his memory in their hearts forever.

Ruben is preceded in death by his mother, Inocencia Espinoza, and his father, Glafero Estupinan.
In honoring Ruben’s life, a private family memorial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to help them during this difficult time and may be made by CLICKING HERE

Joseph B. Paul Jr. Funeral Service is honored to be assisting the Estupinan Family.

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  • February 16, 2024
    Lorenzo Huerta lit a candle:
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  • February 13, 2024
    Amanda Jackson says:
    This is so hard to believe. Ruben was always so full of life. I worked with Ruben for over 10 years, and he was a pleasure to work with. Prayers go out to Ms. Shirley, Alicia, Javian, Lorenzo and his entire family. RIP sweet friend!!

  • February 13, 2024
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  • February 11, 2024
    Michael vandiford says:
    I was one of the people who got the pleasure in meeting RUBIN, he was always full of life and willing to help others in time of news. He will be missed by many he had an impact on everyone he met! REST EASY BUDDY! ❤️

  • February 11, 2024
    Michael vandiford lit a candle:
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  • February 11, 2024
    Michael vandiford says:
    I was one of those people who crossed paths with Rubin. He was always full of life and willing to help anyone, at the time his grandkids j’vian and Lorenzo where his pride and joy. Rubin will be missed by many! REST EASY RUBIN ❤️

  • February 11, 2024
    Michael vandiford says:
    I just happened to be one of those people who crossed paths with Rubin. He was always full of life and was willing to help anyone, he will be truly missed deeply by many people! Rest easy RUBIN❤️

  • February 10, 2024
    Tim & Vicki Etheridge says:
    Shirley, we are praying for you and your family. Rubin will certainly be missed.

  • February 10, 2024
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  • February 09, 2024
    Inocencia Vanderpool says:
    I love you daddy.♡ Forever I'll always be your little girl♡ I know you are watching over me and my babies. That is the only thought that has kept me from falling completely apart is knowing this isn't the end forever. I'll see u again daddy....

  • February 09, 2024
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