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Willie Reuben Mena

November 15, 1966 ~ June 5, 2023 (age 56) 56 Years Old

Willie Mena Obituary

   It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Reuben Mena's passing on June 5, 2023. Born on November 15, 1966, in Toledo, Ohio, Reuben was a funny, adventurous, charismatic, and compassionate soul who touched the lives of countless people during his 56 years on this earth. As his baby sister Nanna so fondly remembers, Reuben was a superhero big brother who provided and protected like a father figure. His love for his family, especially his mother Nannie Sauve and his sisters, knew no bounds. "In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years," said Abraham Lincoln—a quote that perfectly captures the essence of Reuben's life.

   Reuben's adventurous spirit led him to Idaho in his early 30s, where he fell in love with the mountains and spent countless hours fishing, camping, and soaking in hot springs with dear friends. His charismatic nature shone through as he belted out Prince's "Purple Rain" for his family, and his compassionate heart saved the lives of several people during times of crisis. Reuben taught his sister Nanna the importance of being prepared and always having a backup plan, while also appreciating her positive outlook on life. He was a living testament to the power of love, family, and resilience.

   Reuben is survived by his mother, Nannie Sauve; his siblings, Nanna Stuckman and Daniel Sauve'; his children, Diamond Pearl and Victor Cole; his significant other, Yvonne Wright; his stepchildren, Faon, Jonny, Jeff, Jordon, and Brandon; and his niece, Danyca Rainey. He is preceded in death by his father, Jesse Baez, and sisters, Shawana Sauve' and Teri Miller. Reuben's life is a testament to the impact one person can have on so many others, and he will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.

   In honor of Reuben's memory, we invite you to share your memories, stories, and photos on his memorial page. May his life continue to inspire and remind us all of the beauty and strength that lies within each of us.

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