Ramon Nicholas Pena
August 31, 1964 – April 24, 2019
Ramon Nicholas Pena, a.k.a. “Ray” at the age of 54, returned to his heavenly home on April 24, 2019. Ray was born on August 31, 1964 to Ofilia and Rene Pena of Kingsville, Texas, and resided in Baytown, Texas. Ray was an endowed member of the Pasadena Masonic Lodge #1155, achieving the third and foremost highest degree of masonry “Master Mason”, while previously serving as an officer entitled “Senior Warden” – therefore, allowing him to reach his goal of also becoming a valued member of the International Shriners and was a Noble with Arabia Shriners of Texas. Ray’s compassionate and vibrant spirit allowed him to strive for and achieve many accomplishments within his life on earth, and exhibited astounding pride as a Committeeman of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Gatekeepers, as well as former TASO Football Official.
Academically, Ray attended and studied at Texas A&M University, where he became a Certified Fireman and Paramedic; while later attending San Jacinto College becoming a Certified Chemical Processing Operator leading to a long and fulfilling career in which he became a retiree.
Ray was an avid “sports fan” who had a fondness for the game of football, while favoring Texas A&M University and the Houston Texans, his heart was open to so many other professional teams. Ray’s personality was larger than life and could light up any room with his mere presence—well-known to all for being the life of every celebration and family get-together, as he filled the room with laughter and heart-felt stories bringing joy and smiles to everyone around him. Ray enjoyed Tejano music; dancing; was a mighty prayer warrior who shared Gods word to many; and a committed volunteer at Lakewood Church for many years as a Prayer Partner, bringing many to the saving grace of God, making him a man of inspiration and greatness. Ray was truly a wise, kind and spiritual man who shared his love for all, and for that…was loved by many.
Ray is survived by his loving wife Monica D’Ambra-Pena, mother Ofilia Pena, sister Yvonne Biehler (Larry), niece and nephew Autumn and Ryan Biehler, grandmother Anastacia Garcia, and mother-in-law Lucy D’Ambra-Garza (Joe), as well as extended family and long-time best friend, Jason Rutledge.
-When you first proposed, you said to me… “Life may not always be easy, but I sure promise you a fun ride.” I want to thank you for the Ride of my life, together forever… I’ll always love you – eternally your wife, Monica.
-To my wonderful son… I miss you already. I will love you always and forever, Mom.
-To my awesome brother… Thank you for all of the memories… Such good times… I love you, Yvonne.
A special thank you to all of the Doctors, Nurses, and staff of the San Jacinto Methodist Baytown Hospital for all efforts in providing care, comfort and extensive treatment.
- Memorial Service Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Ramon Nicholas Pena
May 6, 2019
Dearest Ray...There are no words to describe how heartbroken we were that we had lost someone so wonderful in our lives, but are hopeful that we will meet again one day in heaven and hope that you hear our prayers. You are now Monica’s sweet angel who we know will watch over my beautiful cousin. From the very first time Monica introduced you as the love of her life, it made our hearts happy...there wasn’t anyone who had ever embraced us as family so quickly and could make our children laugh and smile as easily as you could. You were loved by many and will be dearly missed...until we meet again...rest in heavenly peace our sweetest “Ray”.
Myke & Angie Williams
April 30, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers to Ray's family and friends. We're so glad we got to work alongside Ray & Monica as Gatekeepers at the Rodeo. Our rodeo family will miss him dearly.
Rick Lonewolf Welborn
April 29, 2019
Ray was a wonderful and giving and loving man. I got to know Ray thru his volunteer work at the HLSR as Gatekeeper. He was dedicated to what he felt was needed in giving. Ray was a dedicated husband and loved Monica dearly. He would always share their good times with me when we visited. Ray was indeed a true friend in every sense of the word. There is now a void but the love he shared with so many will live on forever. I will miss you and always cherish our friendship. I know you are resting in heavenly peace my brother.
Mary Ann Pena
April 27, 2019
GO BE IN HEAVEN CUZ.... GIVE WELO ,TIA OMEGA AND MY MOMMY A BIG HUG AND KISS FROM ME WE MISS YOU ALL SO MUCH ....TILL WE ALL SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN . MARY ANN PENA HOWARD
April 26, 2019
I thank God and Ramon , for the best 50 yrs. of my life. Ray was a kind and gentle soul, loved unconditionally. Thank you for being a wonderful brother and instigator. The fun we had and the life and friendship we had, was like no other. I miss you so much and wish we could have had so many more years together. My kids miss you and will always love you.
With all my sisterly love,
Yvonne ( GUBUTT)
April 26, 2019
Ray was the kind of man who met everyone with a handshake and a smile. I was at cowboy lodge. I needed a place to sit. He flagged me down and invited me to come and sit with him and some other friends. I didn’t remember him, he said we met at Pasadena lodge. That is the kind of man he was. He went out of his way for his friends. My only wish is , I could have known him longer.
Stephen Ralph Oates
April 26, 2019
Ray was a man whom gave 100% , 100% of the time . He lived a life of service in an attempt to meet all on equal basis . May all who speak and leave greetings hear , strive to be as big a man as Ray is . May love , hugs , prayers and so much more be with all at this time and for always .
Mrs Lupita P Torres
April 26, 2019
May the lord Bless his soul and the perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace, our condolences Tia Ofilia ,Yvonne, and Cousin Ray's family, from Mr and Mrs Ronnie Torres and family, (Pita) Pena Torres
April 25, 2019
We met Ray and Monica at the HLSR committee a few years ago. Right away we knew that they were special people with caring hearts.
We've missed them in the Gatekeepers over the past couple of years, but I have enjoyed staying in touch with them through social media.
Monica our hearts go out to you. We pray for peace and healing in your time of sorrow.
Robert and Cindy Willis