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Julio S. Ramirez Sr.

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Julio S. Ramirez Sr. Obituary
October 15, 1922 - July 30, 2016 Julio S. Ramirez, Sr. of East Los Angeles passed away peacefully at home at the age of 93 on Saturday, July 30, 2016, surrounded by his loving wife, Connie, their children and grandchildren. Born on October 15, 1922 in Los Angeles, Julio grew up in the Depression Era. He lost his father, Urbano, at the age of 5. His mother, Guadalupe, single-handedly raised him and four siblings. Julio always colorfully recalled the joys and struggles of growing up in those tough times: swimming in the LA River before the 6th Street Bridge was built; scavenging vegetables from the Produce Mart to bring home to help feed the family; and sneaking into the Coliseum to watch sporting events. An American patriot, Private Ramirez served in World War II, in the Army's 18th Infantry Regiment enlisting in 1942. As part of the Big Red One, he battled in North Africa, Italy and on D-Day, his Division stormed onto Omaha Beach. He was honorably discharged in 1945 and received a thank you letter from President Harry S Truman. He was one of four brothers who served in WWII-one brother, Valentino, lost his life in Italy. After returning, he married the love of his life, Connie Torres in 1948, and raised their family in East L.A. Julio worked for the Hollywood Legion Stadium and Old Virginia Brand Meat Packing House. He was a true gentleman, known to many as the "Mayor of Kern Avenue" and spent his golden years enjoying his family and friends. He loved gardening, making and sharing his famous margaritas, reading the LA Times, and sitting outside listening to his favorite 1940's and 1950's music. Julio captivated everyone, especially his grandchildren, with his incredible memory, sense of humor, and stories of his life. In addition to his wife of 68 years, Connie, Julio is survived by their children Yolanda, Valentina (Robert), Julio, Jr. (Annette), Renee; grandchildren Darren, Eric (Megan), Megan, JD, Annie; great-grandchildren, Otis and Olivia. Services will be held on Wednesday, August 10 at Rose Hills Memorial Park. His was a life well lived.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Aug. 7, 2016
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