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Judge Abe Ramirez rose from humble beginnings in El Barrio de la Azteca in Laredo, Texas to be the class President of his freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes at Martin High School. His leadership was evident through being Cadet Lt. Colonel of the Cadet Corp., Best All-Around Boy and Valedictorian of his high school and of the Laredo Junior College. As a member of the Armed Forces, he graduated Officers Candidate School one of the top three students out of 70 candidates. He had received a BBA in business and after his Army days, he returned to the University of Texas to study accounting and then enrolled in the South Texas College of Law where his efforts to establish a scholarship foundation earned him a Distinguished Alumnus Award 1989. Abe served diligently in numerous civic organizations in Houston as President plus he was the first Mexican-American on the Board of Trustees of the United Way of Houston/Galveston. He also served as National Vice-President for the Southwest of L.U.L.A.C. In Houston, he served ten years as a judge of the Municipal Court and was Assistant Chief Deputy in the office of the District Clerk before moving to San Antonio. In San Antonio, he had served in the Municipal Court over 6 years before he retired. Among his endeavors he was part of the team from LULAC Council #60 in Houston which went to Washington, D.C. and was able to get funds for the "School of the 400" which later became the Headstart Program. He is preceded in death by his son, Abraham Peter, siblings, Virginia, Candelario and Luis. He is survived by his wife, Celia Ramirez; daughter, Sandra R. Murphy and husband Bob; grandsons, John Arismendez and wife Michelle, Joseph Neari and Jacob Neari; great grandchildren, Amora, Gavin and Christian Arismendez; brother, Ramiro Ramirez and wife Oralia and numerous nieces and nephews. Special words of gratitude to the staff of the Regent Care Center on Medical Drive for their professional care of Abraham. Also, special "thank you" to the Odyssey Hospice Agency workers for their caring concern for Abraham. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to a favorite
. The visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 beginning at 6:00 P.M. followed by the Rosary at 7:00 P.M. at Sunset Northwest Funeral Home, 6321 Bandera Rd. The Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Matthew's Catholic Church, 10703 Wurzbach Rd. The entombment will follow at San Fernando Cemetery #2. To sign the online guestbook, please log on to www.sunsetnwfuneralhome.com.
Published in Express-News on Sept. 24, 2013