Joe (Jose) J. Ramirez

Mass of Christian Burial for Joe (Jose) J. Ramirez, 90, of Lawrence, will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence. Joe passed away at his home on Monday, May 15, 2023.

He was born in Lawrence, Kansas on March 30, 1933, the son of Jesus Ramirez and Mary (Servin) Ramirez. He was a graduate of Liberty Memorial High School (now known as Liberty Memorial Central Middle School).

Joe served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 and then worked in the Buildings and Grounds Department of the University of Kansas (now known as Facilities Operations) until his retirement in 1995.

He married Lucy Lopez on August 4, 1956 in Osage City, Kansas. She survives of the home.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Thomas, Frederick, and Daniel, and sisters Carmen Ornelas and Guadalupe Godinez. He is survived by his five children, Linda Sheppard (John), David (Cathy), Alicia Talbert, Chris (Lisa) and Jay (Michelle), 14 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren, and seven siblings, Jessie Jr. (Martha), Michael (Anita), Richard (Pam) and Gilbert, Clara Bucia, Connie Mendoza, Carol (Ted) Laughead.

Joe was an avid K.U. basketball and football fan, and loved gardening and taking care of his lawn. He also enjoyed helping others and running errands and doing odd jobs for those in need of an extra hand. He was proud of his service in the Army and shared stories of his travels to Germany and Austria. He was also a semi-pro baseball player. He recently celebrated his 90th birthday with a crowd of 80 family members, which included both a Jayhawk themed birthday cake and his favorite banana cream pie.

A Rosary will be recited at 6:30 p.m. with a visitation to follow until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 2023 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.

Memorial contributions may be made in Joe’s name to LMH Health Cancer Center or the Gary Sinese Foundation and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

23 Condolences

  1. MIKE AND ROSEMARY HADL on May 16, 2023 at 9:38 pm

    To Lucy and Family, may he rest in peace…My thoughts and prayers are with you all…Mike Hadl…

  2. Lynn Beebe on May 16, 2023 at 11:47 pm

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family at this sad time. Joe was a good and kind man and I know he will be truly missed. God bless you all.

  3. Christy and Brian Edwards on May 17, 2023 at 6:56 am

    Lucy, our hearts goes out to you for your loss. May your memories of a long life together give you comfort during this difficult time. Sending healing prayers and hugs to you and your family

  4. Jeremy Garcia on May 17, 2023 at 7:18 am

    Descansa en Paz Joe. My prayers and condolences are with you all love always Jeremy Garcia.

  5. Brian and Jen Godinez on May 17, 2023 at 7:54 am

    Aunt Lucy and family, We are saddened to hear about the passing of uncle Joe. You all are in our thoughts, we are sending you are love. RIP uncle Joe

  6. JoAnn Swinford on May 17, 2023 at 10:00 am

    Lucy, Marco, and family-
    I am very sorry for your loss. May happy memories give you peace and comfort during this challenging time.
    You are all in my thoughts.
    JoAnn Swinford

  7. Tj Reyes on May 17, 2023 at 10:30 am

    Hello were very sorry Joe was a hard working man we had lots of talks. sincerely Tj Reyes and family

  8. Lois Mersmann on May 17, 2023 at 3:53 pm

    Linda and family,

    I am sorry for your loss. Hold the many memories of your father close. May God grant you peace and comfort at this time.

  9. Danny on May 18, 2023 at 7:51 am

    Our prayers are with you. Linda and Dan Narcomey.

  10. Duane I LaFrenz on May 18, 2023 at 7:59 am

    So sorry to hear about Joe’s passing! Let it be know that the LaFrenz family sends our condolences. And Pray for you at this time of sorrow!

  11. Ramona E Micco/Diana Micco on May 18, 2023 at 11:14 am

    We are saddened to hear of Joe’s passing–He lived an awesome life and was a great friend and his family to ours…we know he has earned his wings for the goodness he showed to alot here on earth,Lucy and family if there is anything we can do,don’t hesitate to let us know,gonna miss him driving by and honking with the neighborly wave of his—The Micco Family

  12. Gene Bucia on May 18, 2023 at 11:49 am

    Aunt Lucy and family, so sorry to hear of Uncle Joe’s passing. He was a great man, very loving and caring and his sense of humor made everyone smile 🙂 Sending all of you love and prayers ❤️🙏

  13. Penny Baxter on May 18, 2023 at 1:22 pm

    Lucy & Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Joe’s passing. He was a wonderful man and always very sweet to me when I was around him. I send all of you my thoughts and prayers. Penny

  14. Tom / Vicki Ramirez on May 18, 2023 at 8:30 pm

    Prayers to My Aunt lucy and family. I will miss him dearley We worked side by side for Facility Service him in sheet metal and myself in A/c shop . After my Dad passed in 2019 Uncle Joe was my second Dad RIP Uncle. Love you..

  15. Mark and Jennifer Ramirez on May 18, 2023 at 8:46 pm

    Mark and I are so very sorry to hear about Uncle Joe’s passing. May you find comfort and peace in those who surround you.

  16. Carmen M Godinez on May 19, 2023 at 3:16 am

    Aunt Lucy and family, I am incredibly heartbroken to hear about the passing of Uncle Joe. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family during this difficult time.

  17. Victoria Lopez on May 20, 2023 at 6:51 pm

    Aunt Lucy and family, so sorry to hear of uncle Joe passing. He was a special uncle and he will be missed. Prayers to you and your family that God lifts you up and wraps his arms around you all. Love u Vickie Lopez ( ornelas)

  18. Modesto & Genevieve Vasquez on May 21, 2023 at 10:00 pm

    The Ramirez Family, So sorry for your loss, It’s always so hard to lose a loved one. Joe is now resting in the hands of Our Lord and Joe is now at rest. He will be remembered in our prayers. God Bless all of you.

  19. Corinne "Corky" Bronson Clark on May 22, 2023 at 3:24 pm

    Sorry for the passing of Joe. May your many memories and the knowledge of his love, be of comfort to you and his loved ones at this time. Blessed to have called him friend for many years.

  20. Vicki (Commons) Boyle on May 24, 2023 at 11:01 am

    Lucy, I was sorry to read of Joe’s passing but happy to learn you had a long, loving life together. I’ve thought of you often in the 50+ years since working together at Maupintour.
    Wishing you a surrounding of love and peace as you navigate this process of grief.

  21. Sandy Praeger on May 30, 2023 at 10:03 am

    I am so sorry that your father has passed away. I know he was such an important part of your life. Hold close all the wonderful memories of his life and the important role he had in guiding you. He will still be with you with those wonderful memories. Hugs to you and your family.❤️🙏

  22. Nancy Ruf on May 31, 2023 at 9:59 am

    Linda and family,

    Losing someone you love is never easy. We are all here for you for a hug, a shoulder to cry on and to listen to many wonderful memories of his life. He clearly was loved. My condolences to you all. Sincerely, – – Nancy Ruf

  23. Keith and Isabel Adams on May 31, 2023 at 2:46 pm

    To Lucy and all of Joe’s family. So very sorry for your loss. He was a super nice friend….I met Joe through my sister and her husband Joe Bermudez. Yes he even befriended my Dad Jose Tetuan. He had a wonderful personality and cared a lot for those elders like my Dad. I know heaven is an even better place now that Joe is an angel taking care of everyone there. May your memories give you comfort and may Joe rest in peace in the arms of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Keith and Isabel Adams

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