Our beloved Soldier and Son... Our Hero.
SGT. Reuben Marcus Fernandez III
Our soldier, son, brother, and dear loved one to many, was called Home on October 11, 2008, to be at peace and forever safe.
United States Army Sgt. Reuben Marcus Fernandez, III was assigned to the 2nd Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas. He was born November 6, 1985, in Abilene, to the late Reuben M. Fernandez, Jr. and Aurora Flores Fernandez. He was a 2004 graduate of Cooper High School. After graduating, he joined the United States Army, and had planned to make a career serving his country. Marcus was a brave young soul. He believed in his duty to our country and embraced the duty of a soldier. He served a complete tour in Iraq in 2006 and was serving a second tour that began in June 2008. He recently reached the rank of United States Army Sergeant.
Marcus was all smiles and all heart. His eyes spoke to everyone; there was no need for words. Those same eyes were happy as a child, laughing as a growing young man, and deep when he became a soldier. His laughter was infectious. Marcus was a friend to everyone. He was a happy and spirited soul. Marcus touched many lives.
Our brave soldier is survived by his mother, Aurora Flores Fernandez; his youngest sister, Stephanie Fernandez, of Lubbock and Candice Fernandez, of Atlanta, GA. He is also survived by his grandparents Mr. Mrs. Reuben Fernandez, Sr.; his seven aunts, Lupe Loza, Carmela Nieto, Alicia Flores, Sandy Martinez, all of Abilene, Olivia Flores, of Arlington, Tx, Martha Flores, Mary Nieto, both of Mesquite: his uncles, Albert Flores, Joe Flores, Sr., Salome Flores, Rudy Fernandez, Robert Fernandez all of Abilene; and several cousins.
He is preceded in death by his father, Reuben M. Fernandez, Jr.; his uncle,
Miguel Flores, Jr. and his grandparents, Miguel Flores, Sr. and Julia Leyva Flores.
He was a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, and cousin. Marcus, our Hero, we miss you already, you will be loved always and forever.
I just wanted to let you know how great of a man Marcus was. I knew him very well in high school and we had just recently gotten back in contact in the last 6 months. Its still so unreal to me that hes gone. I know theres nothing that anyone can do or say to make it better. I just wanted to let you know that Marcus will be missed by more people than you could ever imagine, he made a great impact on this world and will never be forgotten.
Justine HaagWarrensburg, MO
I WANTED TO SAY IM VERY SORRY. MARCUS WAS A SPECIAL PERSON. HE ALWAYS MADE EVERYONE SMILE. HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I LOVE YOU MARC I KNOW HE IS LOOKING DOWN AT US SMILING SAYING HEY UGLIE QUIT CRYING. IM OK. HE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED.
SONYA HERNANDEZHASKELL, TX
Fernandez was one of the better soldiers in todays Army.
When he had a task, he accomplished it without question, he was dedicated to the mission, and his duties.
Im gonna miss him chilling in our tent every night.
and just seeing him around the FOB, waiting to roll out on a mission.
I dont think there is any better way to go out, then to go out serving your country for the people you love.
our prayers are to his mother and sister he left behind.
hopefully SGT. Reuben Marcus Fernandez III and his father will guard the gates of heaven and wait for us to get up there.
We wont forget him.
HHC 27 CAV
I am very sorry for your loss. You and your daughter and the rest of the family are in my prayers. May God Bless you all.
Sonya GarciaTellez, CA
Im very sorry. Hell be missed by everyone. I send my prayers to his family. I thank him for going out overseas and taking the risks that were involved when joining the army. Hes our hero. God bless.
Erika Villarreal GonzalesAbilene, TX
There is truly no other sacrifice than the life of such an unselfish, giving soul. We all take for granted the goodness and prosperity that we as Americans have every day and we only have them because of the ultimate gift these individuals gave to us. LET US NOT TAKE FOR GRANTED THE SACRIFICE MARCUS MADE FOR YOU AND I. It is very obvious that HE was such a strong individual because of the guidance he had growing up. From one mother to his, THANK YOU for raising such a wonderful human being and please know that although he is not here physically, HE IS STILL WITH YOU everyday. Much love and appreciation.
Fellow AmericanAbilene, TX
My prayers are with all of the family. Marcus paid the ultimate price and I am proud of him. May God be with all of you and help you through this difficult time.
Carla CannonCarrollton, TX
may god be with you.
I would like to thank Marcus for giving his life for us to be able to live a free life and I would like to say that i am sorry to the Fernandez family. I went to school with stephanie and met marcus my freshman year. I would like to say thanks to him for keeping me out of trouble. Thank you Marcus
Aaron PhillipsAbilene, TX
Aurora, our deepest sympathy to you. We know how proud you were of your son.....he truly was a hero. Our prayers are with you and your daughter. May God give you strenghth and peace.
Jaime Janell PenaAbilene, TX
I want to express my sincerest condolences to Marcus Family and Friends at this very sad time,but I hope that somehow you find peace and comfort in the days ahead.It was an honor to stand curbside today and pay my respects to someone I never met,but felt I owed it to for the life he gave for my freedom and the freedom for all of us..Marcus I truly thank you for that and will never forget the sacrifice that you made.You are surely a Hero in my eyes and my heart and I look forward to thanking you in heaven one day face to face for I will never forget you or this day. To the Family may God be with you and Comfort you thru this Difficult Time ...God Bless You All
Laura TempletonAbilene, TX
Dear Aurora and the Fernandez Family,
Your loss of this young hero that protected us, the people of this country, makes my heart break . But, I also know that Marcus is riding the skies on a comet of stars and that we will remember him in every rainbow, star, rushing stream, beautiful flower and every song that rings of our freedom because of Marcus. I pray for his men, as they have also suffered a great loss. We pray for Gods healing love for your hearts.
Anne PilgrimAbilene, TX
We are so sorry for the loss of your son, Ruben, I know you will miss him, but we know he is with God now.
Our prayers are with you and your family. We honor his sacrifice to our country.
Douglas Sue Drumheller
9th Infantry Division 19661967
Douglas Sue DrumhellerAbilene, TX
El cielo necesitaba un angel, y DIOS se lo llevo para que estuviera a su lado. Reciban mis mas sincero pesame.
Dios los bendiga y les de mucha fortaleza.
NORMA RODRIGUEZabilene, TX
My condolences to the Fernandez family. As a Patriot Guard Rider, I have attended many of these funerals, and they never get easy. Please know that all the Patriot Guard Riders feel your pain. We have gold star members, blue star members and active duty. But we will never let these heroes receive the type of homecoming that Vietnam Vets received. Please know that we ride in respect and honor of your fallen hero.
Ted BeauchampBreckenridge, TX
Your son was a brave person who was fighting for the freedom that we take for granted. May you cherish his memory forever and God bless you in your time of sorrow.
Ou condolances to you your family. Ruben is an American Hero We thank him all of our soldiers for protecting us May the Lord keep you in His everlasting love peace always.
From the Turner family.
bill cindy turnerdillardsabilene, TX
May God Bless You And Your Family.We are sorry for your loss.
La Familia CisnerosAbilene, TX
Aurora, I did not know how to reach you. I want you to know how very sorry I am and I pray God gives you a peace that passes all understanding to keep your heart and mind through Jesus Christ . I have been praying for you and Stephanie. Please when you can call me so I can talk to you or come see you. I love you.Your sister in Jesus. Mary Burleson 3256688880
Mary BurlesonClyde, TX
My condolenses to the Fernandez family. May God give you peace in your heart and comfort.He was a great man and now he is in a better place than we are. No pain or suffering just pure peace in his heart.Hell watching over all the family now with a smile on his face. One day, we wil see him again. God Bless You all.
Joe A. DanielAbilene, TX
We would like to offer you our prayers and thoughts in your loss...First we would like to thank your son for being the person that he was so that we might live freely what he has done is nothing short of heroic...We have a daughter leaving for the military in January as she too believes in our freedom it is people like your son who she admires and looks up to....Words will never express our sadness we feel for you and your family,only know that he is home now and will forever be in the arms of the lord.....our prayers are with you and may you find strength in the lord as he walk s beside you and yours thru your time of need......
Kenny Doreen and Amber
DryCooper Family, AL
We are sorry to hear the loss of your loved onehe was truely a HERO.May God be with you and your family.God will help you threw this.May God Bless you as the Mother.
The Cupp FamilyAbilene, TX
You will be missed dearly Ruben and we will never forget you. THE ESQUIVEL FAMILY
Paloma Chris EsquivelAbilene, TX
I just wanted to let the family of Marcus that you will be in my prayers. I remember Marcus as for the funny, easy going, and friendly person that he was, he always had a smile on his face and i believe that he is smiling down on us today as we all gather to give him his respects. Marcus you will always be missed, remembered and loved. Thank you Marcus for fighting the fight for our country and you will always be a HERO to my family and I.
Jeanette DevoraAbilene, TX
My heart and prayers are with you. Marcus will forever be our hero He will live on in our hearts, and never be forgotten God is going to get you thru this very difficult time, and one day we will meet again.
With Much Love,
Sonia FaraciAbilene, TX
May God Bless the family in their time of sorrow. We truly appreciate his courage and strength to fight for our freedom, and he will always be remember.
Margaret Fred GarciaAbilene, TX
MARCUS, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBER.THANK YOU FOR SERVING OUR COUNTRY.TO THE FAMILY. I AM SO SORRY. I WISH THERE WAS SOMETHING ELSE WE COULD ALL SAY TO YOU. TO MAKE THIS EASIER.BUT, THERE ISNT.BUT, GOD WILL HELP YOU THROUGH THIS . GOD BLESS YOU YOU AND YOUR FAMILY WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR PRAYERS
MARIE LEALabilene, TX
Aurora and family
I am so sorry for your loss and words cannot express how my heart breaks for you and yours. My prayers and thoughts are with you. Thank you Reuben for enduring many sleepless nights and uncomfortable situations for those of us to feel safe and free here at home. Rest in peace... Soldier, Hero and Angel.
Barbara Saucedo Galvan and family
Barbara Saucedo GalvanMansfield, TX
Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends. And thank you Reuben for helping our country be free you will not be forgotten. God Bless you
David, Gail, Jami, and Megan Sargent
Sargent FamilyAbilene, TX
I graduated the same year as Reuben and was a friend of his i am very sorry for your loss and peace finds you and your family.
Jolee Ozunaabilene, TX
To my friend Aurora,
I wish I knew just the right words to say. Words of comfort and wisdom that would bring you some small amount of peace and make this all hurt a little less. My heart breaks for you and my prayers are never ending.
Youre a great mom, and you raised great kids. Marcus was a proud and exceptional young man, devoted to you, his family and those that he loved. Dedicated to his Country and the right to freedom. Thank you Marcus.
In the weeks and months to come, when you finally start to see a little day light, please remember that I am always just a phone call away.
Debby GryzwaAbilene, TX
Sorry for your lose. Reuben was a great friend and an even better man. My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of need.
Roij JairemontAbilene, TX
To the Fernandez Family:
We have never met, but yet we share a bond. My son serves in Iraq and not only was in the same company as Reuben, but was a friend of his. His last memory of Reuben was some laughs they shared only a few hours earlier. I know that from speaking to my son, he is saddened beyond words at the great loss of his friend and comrade. Even though I never had the privilege of personally knowing your young man, my heart is heavy for you at your great loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and that tears have been shed for you.
With my Deepest Sympathy
Mary McCullar Lawrence
Mary McCullar LawrenceHumble, TX
To the Family of Ruben Ferandez:
My family is so sorry to hear about the loss of your young man. Our son too, is deployed to Iraq with the 1st Cav.4th IDFort Hood. We believe he had the privilege of honor guard for the team that gave your son his send off back to home. I know that our son did this with both deep pride and tremendous sorrow.
I now that you have heard all too many times that words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. We lost a son in February to a very tragic car accident and know the loss you have suffered will leave such a hole in your lives. Keep in sight on the wonderful memories you have and hold tightly to the ones that remain.
It is with very heavy heart that we offer these few word to let you know how sorry we are and how proud we are of all of our service men and women. Thank you for the huge sacrifice you have made and may God be with you.
With warmest regards,
Kathy Wade LindsayGrants Pass, OR
God Bless the Family of Reuben Marcus Fernandez III at this time of terrible loss.
He was a friend and a fine young man and we will miss him much.
The Ricardo Rodriguez FamilyAbilene, TX
The Family of David and Sharon Keesee would like to extend our condolences to the family of Reuben Marcus Fernandez III at the passing of such a fine soldier.
Thank you for your sacrifice of the giving of your Son to protect us.
God Bless Reubens Family.
David and Sharon KeeseeAbilene, TX
May God Be with you
Larry and LaPreal HansenSalt Lake City, UT
The Isom family wishes to express our condolences to the Family of Reuben Marcus Fernandez III .
Thank you for giving your son to ensure that we can live our lives without danger here in these United States.
God Bless You We can never thank you enough.
Alberta Isom FamilyAbilene, TX
I feel truely blessed to have known such a great person in my lifetime. Lil Dude was a hilarious prankster, devoted friend, and a die hard patriot. He was the Soldier you could always count on to accomplish the mission and the friend you could always count on to keep you feeling positive in the worst of times. I am honored to have trained him and to have served beside him. I watched him blossom from a young Private into a confident leader. We have all lost a great son, brother, and comrad with the passing of Ruben Lil Dude Fernandez. We will miss your confident smile and playful pranks, and will always have love for you. Never Forget
SSG William Phillips
William PhillipsFort Hood, TX