Thomas Ramirez, Sr.


Mass of Christian Burial for Thomas Ramirez, Sr., 92, Lawrence will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, November 4, 2019 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery. He passed away Sunday, October 27, 2019 at his home.

Thomas was born September 20, 1927 in Lawrence, KS, the son of Jesus and Mary (Servin) Ramirez.

Thomas served his country in the United States Air Force during WWII. He was a member of the American Legion Dorsey Liberty Post #14 and a member of Cursillo through St. John Catholic Church.

He worked as a custodian for the Lawrence School District and KU.

Thomas loved his Jayhawks and did not like the colors black or brown. The family is requesting attendees of his service dress in their favorite team colors, military attire, or bright colors.

He married Josephine M. Vega on October 1, 1949 in Topeka, KS. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include his three daughters, Gloria (Bill) Riley, Lawrence, Cynthia (Bill) Naff, Berryton, KS, Rose (Mike) Hadl, Lawrence; son, Thomas (Vicki) Ramirez, Jr., Lawrence; six grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; five brothers, Joe Ramirez, Michael Ramirez, Jessie Ramirez, Jr., Richard Ramirez, Gilbert Ramirez; and three sisters, Carol Laughead, Connie Mendoza, and Clara Bucia. He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Monica Ramirez; two brothers, Fred Ramirez and Daniel Ramirez; and two sisters, Carmen Ornelas and Lupe Godinez.

A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Sunday, November 3rd with a visitation to follow until 8:30 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his name to St. John School and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044.

14 Condolences

  1. Steve and Carla Ramirez on October 31, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Condolences to the Ramirez family. I always had a lot of respect for Tom, he was a good man. He was a hard worker, working until his mid-80’s, impressive. He always had a friendly word and smile for me when I saw him.

  2. Tracy Rose on October 31, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    What a profound loss. Such a good man. He never knew a stranger and welcomed everyone he met as if they were family. If you had the pleasure of meeting him then you know that he was warm and inviting. I am better for knowing him. God Bless.

  3. Sue Davis McDaniel on November 1, 2019 at 7:17 am

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers to all.

  4. Gary L Taylor on November 1, 2019 at 9:42 am

    He was my Buddy, he was my Friend, I’ll miss you, Prayers & Hugs

    Gary & Roxy Taylor

  5. Barbara. Grandstaff-Mowery on November 1, 2019 at 10:33 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Such a great man. And family

  6. Shelly Allen on November 1, 2019 at 11:22 am

    So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers to you and the family.
    Shelly Allen

  7. Tj and Yolanda Reyes and Family on November 1, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Tommy, Vicki and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Tom was a good man and will be missed by many. He always had a smile for whoever he came upon. Got bless you all.

  8. Elaine Kennedy on November 2, 2019 at 7:43 am

    His memory will always be with me. A truly good man, through and through.

  9. Kirby Ostrander on November 2, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Tom was more than just an employee at the Burge Union. He and Jo I admired for almost 40 years. Through the schools and the Union. In later years, I looked forward to seeing him at Mass every Sunday and his handshake as he passed by after communion. He spoke of his family and his faith in his matter of fact way. I will miss him very much. Rest In Peace, Tom.

  10. Liz hall on November 2, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    He was always so kind RIP

  11. Misty Nichols on November 2, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Prayers to the whole Ramirez family. Love Misty and Brooklynne

  12. Alma Quintanilla on November 3, 2019 at 11:05 pm

    Our Deepest Condolences for the loss of our great Tommy, we will never forget him, He was a very dear friend, prayers to the whole Ramirez Family, Love Joe and Alma Quintanilla and family

  13. Daniel Devlin on November 4, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Daniel Devlin:
    Tom, Vicki and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. I know he set a fine example of how to live life by knowing your family.
    Daniel Devlin and family.

  14. Lori Pearson (Lyles) on January 1, 2020 at 10:46 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Mr. Ramirez passing. I have seen his and Mrs. Ramirez smiling faces for over 40 years. Every school day at Lawrence High and several years at K.U. He has always been one of the kindest men I have ever had the privilege to know. I will definitely miss seeing him at IHOP and other places around town. Hugs and condolences to all of you.

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