He was born Oct. 3, 1928, in Parsons to Rafael and Victoria (Tapia) Ramirez. At age 5, he moved with his family to Mexico and returned to Parsons at age 17.
Through the years he worked as a pinsetter at the bowling alley, the salvage yard, LaForge and Budd Construction Co., Grandview Products, Parsons Cold Storage, the Donut Shop, the Katy Railroad and helped clear land for Lake Parsons. For 22 years, he was employed by USD 503 as a custodian, working at Washington and Guthridge elementary schools and Parsons Middle School.
He was a member of the former St. Mary's Catholic Church in Parsons, now St. Patrick's Catholic Church, the Parsons Bowling Association, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Aerie No. 411, and the G.I. Forum.
He enjoyed bowling, dancing, boating, fishing, swimming, camping and helped with Little League baseball and softball. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
He and Galdina Mary Fuentez were married July 19, 1949, in Our Lady of Victory Church in Parsons. She survives of the home.
Other survivors include four sons, J. Stephen "Steve" Ramirez, Joaquin "J.R." Ramirez Jr., Daniel Ramirez and his wife, Paula, all of Parsons, and Raphael "Ray" Ramirez of Austin, Texas; four daughters, Vicki Williams and her husband, Jerry, Agnes "Nana" Mateer, Ann Cruse and her husband, Kevin, and Patricia "Patty" Shaver, all of Parsons; 18 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; four daughters-in-law, Becky, Melody, Janet and Laura; and two sons-in-law, Kevin and Mike.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Daniel and Rafael Ramirez Jr.; four sisters, Esperanza Cardenas, Consuelo Arriola, Sara Munoz and Petra Bernal; and a son, Eugene "Gene" Ramirez.
The Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Parsons. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. The rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. this evening at Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home in Parsons. The family will receive friends immediately following the rosary.
Memorials are suggested to the Parsons Fire Department or the American Red Cross. These may be left at or sent to the funeral home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, 67357.