Ruben Villa

Ruben (Robin) Villa, 77, of Billings, passed suddenly on December 4, 2012, at his home with his wife, Bonita (Bonnie), of 55 years by his side.

Robin was born July 11, 1935 in Los Angeles, CA, to Marciel and Pilar Villa-Crusis. He was the second youngest of seven children. His sisters were Lori, Estrella “Lee”, and Fe. His brothers were Kalani “Echo”, Marshall, and Randy.

Robin graduated from San Fernando High School in 1953, where he earned his letter for Varsity Track. He met his wife Bonnie Barnes and soon after joined the Air Force. He served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged in 1956. Robin played semi-pro football for the Kansas City Chiefs. Robin and Bonnie were married in 1958. They had four children, Ricky (Lynnett) of Billings, Rory (Penny) of Marysville, WA, Greg of Billings, and Lisa Coughlin of Arlington, WA. Robin and brother, Randy, worked for Pace Engineering/Whittaker Corporation where he was in charge of developing parts for the Apollo Space Program. In 1970, Robin and Bonnie moved their family to Billings, Montana in search of a better life for their family. In Billings, he was employed with Sears, Lowes, and IGA.

Robin was one of the founders of Little Guy Football, and the Villas Gorillas team. He mentored his son’s through this sport, coaching Track with them also. In 1984, his sons, Rick and Greg joined him in coaching, and fulfilled his dream of winning the Rocky Bowl with his sons’ team.

Robin loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. The family loved these moments where they could compete against one another. He took his daughter-in-law ice fishing and she later out-fished him on every trip.

Robin was always full of tall tale stories that his family normally called him on. He had a wonderful personality and loved nothing more than getting together with family and friends for BBQ’s and ping pong, pool or poker. The poker games sometimes got out of hand because he always made up rules so he would win.

He is survived by his wife, his brother Marshall (Joan) Villa, sister Fe (Rudy) Suarez, brother Randy (Gale) Reyno, and his children along with nine grandchildren seven great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Lori Simmons and Estrella Medeiros, his brother Kalani (Echo), son in-law David Coughlin, great granddaughter Tayler Marie and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Saturday, December 15, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, concluding with military honors. Cremation will follow the service. The casket will be open for viewing up to the day of the service.

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