Juan J. Ramirez Sr. LUBBOCK-Juan J. Ramirez Sr., 71, of Lubbock went to his Heavenly Father on Jan. 4, 2013, surrounded by his loving family at home. A Rosary for Juan will be held on Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church. Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church with Monsignor David Cruz officiating. Burial will be in Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park under the direction of Guajardo Funeral Chapels. He was born on Feb. 8, 1941, in Shafter, Texas, to Eligio Ramirez and Guienvina Vasquez. He served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 1962. He married Anna Carrillo on Aug. 24, 1962, in Alpine, Texas. He had worked for the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier for 34 years before retiring in 1999. He was a member of the National Association of Letter Carriers and served as newsletter editor for Branch 2589. He was a devoted member of Our Lady of Grace. He served on the Parish Council, sat on various church committees, ministered as a lector, served as a communion minister, taught CCE classes, assisted with the RCIA program, served as a member of the music ministry, and was a Guadalupano from 1981 to the present. While on Earth, Juan was an avid golfer, loved to read, travel, play his guitar, camp and fish, and he enjoyed the outdoors. He also enjoyed spending time with his children, grandchildren, and his many friends. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 50 years, Anna; two sons, Juan J. Ramirez Jr. and his wife Diana, and Eligio Ramirez and his wife Bebe; two daughters, Melissa Trevi o and her husband Jesse, and Pamela Casarez and her husband Ken, all of Lubbock; sisters, Margie Sierra of Jacksonville, Fla., and Pola Rodriguez of Alpine; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. A special thank-you to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Covenant Joe Arrington Cancer Center, and to the nurses and staff of Interim Hospice for their loving care and support.
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Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Jan. 7, 2013