Inez O. Ramirez, 72, of Gonzales, passed away Friday, March 23. Inez was born Jan. 20, 1946 in Gonzales to Domingo T. Ramirez Sr. and Juanita Ornales Ramirez. Inez married Guadalupe Vega on Nov. 23, 1968 in St. James Catholic Church in Gonzales. Inez was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Inez Ramirez was born and raised in Gonzales. He was a graduate of Gonzales High School’s Class of 1964 where he had played tailback #24 for the varsity football team and ran track. After high school Inez joined the United States Army and served over a year of his tour of duty in Vietnam. He married Guadalupe after being honorably discharged and worked for his father’s company, Domingo Ramirez Bricklaying. Inez re-enlisted in the U.S. States Army in January of 1975 and was subject to two more tours of duty overseas. He was honorably discharged for the second time in January of 1979. He returned to work with his father which culminated in over 37 years of brick laying in the construction of Gonzales area homes and businesses.
Inez was a wonderful husband and loving father. He gave his son nearly everything he asked for, not to spoil him, but as a gesture of his love. They enjoyed hunting and fishing together and throwing the football to one another. Some of their best times were sitting at the kitchen table talking, just talking. He led his son by example, like the importance of doing things right and always being a good man. He was a giving and understanding husband to Guadalupe and though his hands were large and rough from laying brick, his touch was always warm, gentle and loving. Their song, “No te Olvidare” in English means I’ll never forget you, was just a part of the testament of his love for Guadalupe, the other was his refusal to say good-bye, he firmly stated, “only say I’ll see you later.”
Inez and Guadalupe managed their son’s band, “Grupo Klazz”, and they promoted the band, worked on recording contracts and traveled with the band. Inez wrote song lyrics for the band to put to music and record. He refused his share of royalties wanting his son to have his share.
Inez loved to travel; he enjoyed visiting the casinos in Louisiana, eating at Red Lobster and Golden Corral. He delighted watching Apache football games and reveled in watching his son coach soccer and witness the success the soccer team’s hard work brought them.
Inez O. Ramirez is survived by his loving family, wife Guadalupe Ramirez of Gonzales, son and daughter-in-law, Gregory James and Margaret Ramirez of Gonzales, sisters, Janie Rosales, Martina Aguero, Mary Ann Villanueva, Jo Ann Ramirez, Diane Ramirez and Gloria Ramirez, brothers, Domingo Ramirez Jr., Rudy Ramirez, Richard Ramirez, Ricky Ramirez, Tony Ramirez, Ruben Ramirez, LeRoy Ramirez and Roy Ramirez, grandchildren, Arista Bianca Venegas, Kalyssa Briana Ramirez, Grayson James Ramirez, great-grandchildren, Frankie Venegas IV, Jax and Auburn Venegas and Jessa Perez.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Mary Alvarez, and a brother, Jimmy Ramirez.
A rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday evening in Seydler-Hill Funeral Home. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, March 28 in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Gonzales with Fr. Paul Raaz officiating. Interment will follow in St. James Cemetery. Pallbearers: Domingo Vega, Johnny Vega, Tony Vega, Santo Vega, Tony Ramirez, Ruben Ramirez, Roy Ramirez and Juliana Magallanez. Honorary pallbearers: Domingo Ramirez Jr., Rudy Ramirez, Domingo Gonzales, LeRoy Ramirez, Richard Ramirez, Ricky Ramirez. Honorary pallbearers: Damian Ramirez, Tony Ramirez Jr., Joey Ramirez, Rudy Ramirez Jr., Sonny Ramirez Jr., Mike Ramirez Jr., Jimmy Ramirez Jr., Tony Vega Jr., Travis Vega, Frank Rosales Jr., Gabriel Aguero, David Vega Jr., Jason Vara, Joe Ybareo, Johnny Nelson, Andy Camarillo and Billy Joe Magallanez.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening in Seydler-Hill Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Friends may leave their condolences by visiting www.seydlerhillfuneralhome.com Services are under the care and direction of Seydler-Hill Funeral Home.