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Ralph S. Ramos. My Superman flew to heaven at 7:05 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2009. He lived a fulfilled and abundantly blessed life with me, his wife, Elaine Ramos, and his two awesome daughters, Mercedes and Miranda. Strong, sweet, kind, loving and smart were his insignia. He was born on May 17, 1959, in a clinic in Tularosa to his beloved parents, Modesto and Maria Ramos.
He grew up learning to value hard work while working at the farm and his father's car shops from very early ages until he reached college.
He left his sisters Vivian Murphy-Smith and Monica Otero and brother Ray Ramos a model of life worth living and one all of us will cherish, honor and respect. He received his bachelor's in accounting in 1982 from New Mexico State University. His work in accounting was not as rewarding as his time spent at the forest fires all over the country during the last 17 years of his employment at the U.S. Forest Service as an assistant director of financial management. Retirement began one week from March 6, 2006, after his diagnosis of a devastating terminal illness, ALS.
Although severely punished by this disease for the next three years and four months, Ralph always chose to fight. He pioneered paths for living with ALS that many could not take by being the first ALS patient in New Mexico to elect a tracheostomy and ventilator support to continue life. He only did this for his family as he did "not want to miss anything" and wanted to "grow old with me." Ralph's choices during this fight were always courageous and cutting edge.
He never gave up, no matter how difficult each day could possibly be for him. He enjoyed living and watching his many family and friends live representing him. His journey was closely shared with many droves of volunteers of family and friends who prayed, cared, loved and supported him in all ways possible. We pray his life and faith will impact all those who loved him. Ralph wants to honor his Tularosa family by reciting a rosary at French Mortuary, 9300 Golf Course Road NW, on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, at 11 a.m. with a public viewing at 10 a.m. to be followed by a memorial procession to Calvary Chapel, 4001 Osuna Road NE, with a beautiful tribute to his life at 2 p.m. and a potluck reception, "like the old days," is what Ralph requested. We want to thank you for all you did for us … God knows those hearts that give without expecting back. Thank you.
Memorial services in Tularosa will be held at St. Francis de Paula Catholic Church Aug. 11, 2009. Rosary will be at 9:30 a.m. by his Aunt Olivia Palafox. Mass will be at 10 a.m. with Father John Peterson Officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Cemetery.
Please visit our online guest book for Ralph at RememberTheirStory.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Aug. 4 to Aug. 18, 2009
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