Sammy Ramirez Jr., 62, of Plainview was received into God's Kingdom peacefully on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, in Lubbock. Funeral services will be held on today, Dec. 12, 2012, at 2 p.m. at First Assembly of God with Mr. Miguel Perez officiating. Burial will follow at Plainview Memorial Park under the care of Kornerstone Funeral Directors of Plainview. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012, at the funeral home. Sammy Ramirez, Jr. was born June 19, 1950, in Lamesa, Texas, to Sam Ramirez and Margie R. Ramirez-Perez. Sammy enlisted as a volunteer in the U.S. Army at the age of 17, as a private. He served in the Republic of Vietnam from Sept. 21, 1969, to Dec. 3, 1969, with the 119th Infantry. Accomplishments include Second Class Gunner Badge with MG Bar (M60), Marksman Badge with Auto Rifle Bar (Rifle M16), Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medal. With his honorable discharge as an E-4/ SP4, Sammy departed the U.S. Army with the prestigious Purple Heart for his overall extraordinary service. After returning to the U.S. as a wounded soldier, Sammy began his new life as a husband and a father. He worked as a supervisor chief meter reader with Southwestern Public Service for 17 years. Sammy was raised Pentecostal and enjoyed activities such as softball, playing pool and classic car racing. Sammy was preceded in death by his son, Bert Ramirez; his father, Sam Ramirez; two brothers, Kenneth Ray Ramirez and Gary W. Ramirez; and granddaughter, Celena Basaldua. He is survived by his loving family, which includes his mother and stepfather, Margie R. Perez and Solano "Benny" Perez; three children, Melissa Ramirez-Mitchell and family of Oklahoma City, Okla., Edward Ramirez and family of Lubbock, Texas, and Tina LeAnn DeLeon and family of Lubbock, Texas; nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; five siblings, Nancy Alvarado and the late Lino of Shallowater, Texas, Brenda Garcia and husband Steve of Lubbock, Texas, Mark Cardenas and wife Teresa of Lubbock, Texas, Aaron Ramirez of Lubbock, Texas, and Carrie Ann Saenz and husband Fernando of Lubbock, Texas. Memorials may be made to Lubbock VA Outpatient Clinic, 6104 Ave. Q South Drive, Lubbock, TX 79412 May goodness, mercy and honor follow his memory throughout eternity. Online condolences may be made at www.kornerstonefunerals.com.
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Published in Plainview Daily Herald from Dec. 12 to Dec. 13, 2012