Juan Ramirez was born to Maria and Leonardo Ramirez on June 17, 1923 in Penjamo, Guanajuato Mexico.
Juan started out as a horse handler in his early years. Later on he had a full time job working the fields during the morning hours, then during the evening hours he went to his second full time job as a forklift operator. He eventually retired in 1986 from Martin Marietta Materials only a couple years after losing his beloved wife Maria Villasano. After retirement he returned home and continued to tend to his prized possession of a garden. He was young and daring on a fine horse when he wooed Maria Villasano from San Martin de Zula. He was persistent and made his horse dance and prance and captured her heart.
He had an unstoppable drive and work ethic, you would always find him working on projects and gardening. He loved working with the horses, swimming, Tejano music and dancing and took pride in his appearance. He made sure every day he looked his best. He had many hardships but never quit, he was an overcomer and a true example of living his life “Un dia a la Vez”. He would insist on paying his own way no matter what, and declined any offer of a handout. Even throughout his last days on this earth.
He was a family oriented man and loved his family dearly. He was a great man and treated everyone with respect and kindness. He pushed on against difficult odds and fought a good fight. He never pretended to be anything or anybody; he was just an orphan boy from Penjamo, Guanajuato, Mexico to San Benito, TX to Freemont, Ohio to Franklin, TX where we gather to say goodbye and give him thanks for all he have given all of us.
Later in life, our parents gave their life to Jesus and his dreams live in each one of us; we’ve been blessed to come from such a strong family. Our inheritance is the richness of the travails of the soul and how he left his mark in this world and lived his life every day of 99 years until his last journey to heaven.
Juan was welcomed into heaven by his parents, his spouse Maria Isabel Villasano Ramirez, his daughter Maria Esther Coronado, his son Guadalupe “Chico” Ramirez and grandson Daniel Ramirez and son-n-law Enrique Flores (Estela).
Juan is survived by his sons and daughters: Delia Ramirez (Manuel Verde), Leonardo Ramirez (Sally), Blanca “Estela” Hernandez (Chuy), Juan Ramirez Jr. (Kathy), Hector Ramirez Sr. (Dolores), Jose Luis Ramirez (Olga), Sylvia Meza (Manuel), and Irma Little (Joel) and Raul Ramirez and son-n-law Nick Coronado (Mary).
Juan had 131 grandkids, great grandkids and great great grandkids. His legacy lives on….