Reynaldo Ruben Gutierrez
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Reynaldo Ruben Gutierrez
  • August 20, 1933 - November 22, 2017
  • Chicago, Illinois

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Chicago - Reynaldo Ruben Gutierrez, 84, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at his home in Chicago following a valiant battle with cancer.
He leaves his 7 children, his son, Luis Gutierrez and wife, Sara; his daughter, Maria Espinosa and husband, Ernesto; his son, Reynaldo R. Gutierrez Jr. and wife, Antoinette; his daughter, Veronica Alexander; his son, Raul Gutierrez and wife, Gabriela; his daughter, Beatriz Lopez; his daughter, Diana Camacho and husband, Raymond; 19 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and many close family and friends.
He was born on August 20, 1933 in Morelia, Michoacn of Mexico, the son of Blas and Maria Elvira (Flores) Gutierrez. Reynaldo later lived in Laredo, TX for many years but ultimately planted roots in Chicago where he spent most of his adult life.
On January 19, 1959, Reynaldo married Maria de Jesus Gonzalez. Together they raised six adoring children. He and his wife enjoyed spending time with their family and friends throughout their many travels to Texas and Mexico. They shared 44 beautiful years of marriage until Maria's passing in 2004. Reynaldo was a devoted caregiver to the very end and cherished his soul mate every day of her life and every day of his life without her.
In his early years, Reynaldo played professional Major League Baseball for Mexico. He was fondly known by fellow ballplayers as "Tarequas." Although his main position was that of Catcher, his teammates knew him best as a Home Run hitter. His celebrity followed him to present days as he was often recognized for scoring the winning championship run for Mexico in the World Series. His love of baseball never wavered as he was a devoted Cubs fan. His lifelong dreams came true when the Cubs won the World Series in 2016. He was grateful that he witnessed that historical event in his lifetime.
Reynaldo retired from the Nabisco Company after 30 years of service as a mixer. He never missed a day of work in his life and was a devoted provider for his family. His children have fond memories of their father returning from work smelling of cookies he had spent the day making. Their home was always filled with delicious treats which resulted in the infamous Gutierrez sweet tooth.
An avid music lover, Reynaldo had a lifelong passion for singing. He had a beautiful soaring tenor voice that brought so much joy and pleasure to all that heard it. Everywhere Reynaldo went, he left an imprint of his musical message of love that served as inspiration on living life to the fullest and being grateful for every moment.
Some of Reynaldo's favorite things were walking in the park, taking road trips, lunching with friends, shooting pool at the senior's club, and singing karaoke. He spent lots of time with his children and grandkids at family gatherings and celebrations; he never turned down a party invitation. Reynaldo was devoted to Christ and shared his love of scripture with family and friends at the House of Praise Christian Church and St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church.
Reynaldo's children say their father was appropriately named "Rey" which in Spanish means "King." For he was beloved and respected as the king of the Gutierrez family. He truly lived life to the fullest and had a deep compassion for helping those in need and being a father figure to everyone around him. Reynaldo had an uncanny ability to speak truths that touched people in a deep and inspiring way. In his final words he spoke of the legacy he leaves behind, of treasured memories and cherished loved ones. In his own words he said he's leaving this world with his heart full of love. His voice is surely singing throughout the kingdom of heaven.
The family will greet visitors from 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm on Monday, November 27, 2017 at Mount Auburn Funeral Home, 4101 S. Oak Park Ave., Stickney. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 am on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 6435 S. Kilbourn Ave., Chicago. The burial will immediately follow at Resurrection Cemetery, 7201 Archer Road, Justice.