Holy Family Hospital in Des Plaines, Illinois.
He passed on from this life on April 25th, 2020.
and Jessica Cooper, and was big brother to Manny Lopez. He was a grandson to the late
Ruben and Agustina Lopez and to Donald and Faith Walkwitz, and was uncle to 10
neices and nephews.
hospitals in his first year of life, Ruben was diagnosed with CD40 Ligand Defienciency.
This extremely rare immune defienciency left his body defenseless against viruses and
bacteria. Our family would like to sincerely thank Dr. Prudence Krieger and Diane Anto
for their love and constant care for Ruben all throughout infancy and childhood.
Ruben battled this disease for 13 years until God provided a cure for him through his
willing little brother Manny.
Manny would be his bone marrow transplant donor. Ruben endured this 16 month long
recovery from transplant with positivity, strength, and grace, remarking often how so
many of the other children at St. Jude had a much worse struggle than he did.
Our family also sincerely thanks Dr. Mary Ellen Conley for her lifetime of research
making this transplant possible, and for staying by our side every minute, speaking for,
and fighting for Ruben.
2010. He received a full tuition scholarship for the Automotive Technology A.A.S.
Degree at Lincoln College of Technology in Melrose Park, Illinois.
He held several jobs after completing his degree until he achieved his goal of working for
Nissan, at Arlington Nissan in Arlington Heights, IL.
Ruben was always the one that other mechanics at work would go to for help when they
had a problem they could not figure out. When he was asked, "How did you do that?"
his reply would be, "I don't remember, I just did it!"
Ruben also had a deep love for music and was very talented at his guitars. He loved to
"escape" for a time by playing his music.
our family dog, was his turtle named "Flubber". He had many other pets including his
bearded dragon named "Pancake", and his carpet python named "Bonnie".
He made a way for other children with the same disease, including his oldest nephew,
Elijah, who recently went through the same life saving bone-marrow transplant, and is
now a strong healthy 12 year old.
willingness to always help others with his skilled hands, will be dearly missed by all who
were close to him.
beautiful person of Ruben Ezekiel Lopez.