Visitation is 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Coker-Hawkins Funeral Home in Decatur.
Ruben was born Feb. 6, 1947, in Del Rio to Manuel and Juanita (Mendoza) Zapata. He served in the 3rd Recon of the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War and married Carolyn Green on Oct. 26, 1969, in Acuna, Mexico. He retired from Global Group Inc. as a printer.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Zapata of Runaway Bay; sons Anthony Bartoo and wife, Tracy, of Chico, and Weldon Eugene Bartoo, Ruben Lee Zapata Jr., Jason Samuel Zapata, and Jessie Martinez and wife, Nicole, all of Runaway Bay; daughters Yolanda Zapata of Runaway Bay, and Michelle Duncan and husband, Chase, of Frisco; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by brothers Efrain Hernandez of Maryland, Raul Zapata of Fort Worth and Manuel Zapata Jr. of Austin; sisters Orfa Linda Subialdea of Fort Worth and Mickey Shortnacy of Fort Worth; numerous nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, three sisters and a granddaughter, Brittney Zapata.