THORNDALE—A Celebration of Life Mass for Celestino S. (Sal) Ramirez, 64, of Thorndale was held Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Taylor with burial following at Thorndale City Cemetery.
Rosary was recited on Friday Oct. 19, at Providence Funeral Home in Taylor.
Mr. Ramirez died at his home on Oct. 15 surrounded by family.
He was born on May 19, 1948, in Thorndale to Louis Ramirez Sr. and Natividad Salazar Ramirez.
Mr. Ramirez worked for Alcoa for 30 years, retiring in 2009.
He also served in the Texas Army National Guard, retiring with 30 years of service.
Mr. Ramirez was a Vietnam veteran and served a tour of duty in U.S. Army, Alpha Company, 6th of the 31st Infantry in 1969- 70. He received the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
He enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing, and loved to sit around telling stories and joking.
Mr. Ramirez was preceded in death by his mother.
Survivors are his wife of 43 years, Marie; two sons Adam Ramirez (Georgie) and Aaron Ramirez (Jennifer); a daughter, Amanda Bice (Troy); six grandchildren, Jessica Ramirez, Christine Ramirez, Nicholas Ramirez, Alayna Ramirez, Justin Bice and Hailee Bice; his father, Louis Ramirez Sr.; five brothers, Pete Ramirez, Casper Ramirez, Louis Ramirez Jr., John Ramirez and Thomas Ramirez; and four sisters, Andrea Bodiford, Mary Soto, Gregoria Medina and Lionor Riojas.
Pallbearers were nephews Roman Ramirez, Victor Medina, Matt Bodiford, Jason Ramirez, Arthur Martinez Jr. and Mike Beyer.
Honorary pallbearers were longtime friend Donald Laurence, and the men that served with him in Alpha Company, 6th of the 31st Infantry.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.