Jose Ramirez(1923 - 2013)

Ramirez, Jose 02/01/1923 ~ 08/20/2013 SAN DIEGO -- Jose was born and raised in San Diego. He graduated from San Diego HS in 1941, served as a P-51 fighter pilot in WWII, earned his degree from SDSU and worked as a tax auditor / administrator for the State of California for 35 years. Jose married his beloved wife, Rachel, in 1949 and together they raised two children. Jose was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He enjoyed sports, fishing, politics, traveling, reading, spending time with family and joining his lifelong friends for lunch. Jose is preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Rachel, his 10 siblings, and his grandson, Jesse Ortiz. He is survived by his children, Joseph Ramirez (Jennifer) and Lorraine Ramirez-Ortiz, his grandchildren, Armando Ortiz (Angela), Joshua, Elana and Matthew Ramirez, and his great-grandchildren, Jessi and Juliana Ortiz. A memorial Mass will be held on Friday, Sept. 13th at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 1770 Kearney Ave., SD, CA 92113, followed by a reception at the VFW Don Diego Post 7420, 2100 Logan Ave., SD, CA 92113. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. at the Miramar National Cemetery, 5795 Nobel Drive, SD, CA 92122.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Aug. 30, 2013