Ramon Cortez Morales

April 4, 1926July 24, 2014
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Ramon C. Morales, 88, passed away on July 24, 2014 at Providence Holy Cross Hospital in Mission Hills, CA due to pneumonia. He was lovingly surrounded by his children and grandchildren. He was born on April 4, 1926 in Managua, Nicaragua to Ramon Morales Bolaños and Amanda Cortez Marín. Ramon was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Emilia Morales Gutierrez , brothers Bobby, Frank; and sisters, Maria Lydia Montiel and Irene Waguii.

Ramon’s mother died when he was 6 years old, and his sisters, Maria Lydia and Marina were 7 and 3 years of age. His father remarried in 1935 to Delia, and they had 5 other children. Following his family to Los Angeles in 1944, Ramon received his high school diploma at Los Angeles High School. He was quickly drafted into the Army a few months later and served in the Pacific arena with the Army Corp of Engineers. After being discharged 2 years later, he attended Loyola University where he received his Civil Engineering degree in 1952.

Working for Holmes & Narver as a structural engineer, Ramon dedicated over 45 years there and was noted in ‘Who’s Who for Engineering’. This position took him to locations all over the world, including 3 years of residence in Perth, W. Australia where he brought the whole family to live.

Ramon married Emilia Gutierrez Gutierrez in 1952 in Los Angeles, CA. They were happily married for 58 years. She was the love of his life. He is survived by his brother, Joe and sisters, Marina and Jean and his children: Ramon, Jr., Emilia Jr., Mildred, Norman and Ronald; grandchildren: David, Adrian, Christine, Richard, Andre, Jenni, Andrew, Evan, Nathan, Matthew, Ryan, Nick, Taylor, Ashlee, Joshua and Alia and his great-grandchildren: Richard Jr, Camden, Aleron, Isaiah, Landon, Leah, Joshua,Jack. and Layla.

Ramon is lovingly remembered for his kindness, generosity, respect for others, and dry sense of humor. As his wife was the ‘glue’ that held the family together, he was the ‘anchor’ to everyone. He loved adventure and it was shown when he took his family on Sunday outings and a trip to Europe during the time that they were living in Australia. He will be long remembered as someone with strength, courage and determination, with a strong will to ‘get things done’ to the best of his ability, even when it had to do with his health. A memorial/burial service will be held on Thursday, July 31 at 11am at Calvary Cemetery, 4201 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles 90023. A ‘Celebration of Life’ luncheon will be immediately following, in which all family and friends are invited. It will be held at Luminarias Restaurant, 3500 Ramona Blvd., Monterey Park, 91754 In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to American Cancer Society, Alzheimers Association or the Salvation Army.

Arrangements under the direction of Gates, Kingsley & Gates Praiswater Mortuary, Canoga Park, CA.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Diego Montiel Morales

August 21, 2015

Siento mucho la muerte de mi muy querido Tío Ramón. Yo quería que mi esposa lo conociera.

Hugo Jimenez

August 1, 2014

Sientiendo mucho la muerte de Ramón, los(as) acompañamos en estos momentos de dolor. Que Dios los(as) bendiga y les de el consuelo que solo Él puede dar.

Hugo, Flora María y Hugo Antonio Jiménez
San José, Costa Rica

Jean Morales

August 1, 2014

Fue un gran gusto para mi, tu hermana Jean, el volverte a ver después de tantos años y haber tenido el placer de conocer a tus hijos. Enviamos nuestro mas sentido pésame a todos tus hijos, nietos y bisnietos. Que nuestro Señor te tenga en su santa gloria. De parte de la Familia Ramírez Morales.

August 1, 2014

Javier Ortiz

July 31, 2014

A abrazo a toda mi familia de USA. Tío Moncho siempre estara en mi corazón como el gran hombre que siempore fue! Javier Francisco Ortiz

Mitchell Blumenfeld

July 31, 2014

I will always have fond memories of Tio Moncho from when I first met him while dating his niece Rochelle up until the last time I saw him which was 3 days before his passing. A gentle caring man who loved life and his family. He was ready to leave this world though. When Rochelle told him that everyone was praying for him, he said "that's the problem; we're keeping him here". My last words to him were hurry up and get out of here (the hospital) so we can play ping pong again; going back to those early years at their home in San Gabriel where he was a protective father to my wife Rochelle while we were dating. I am comforted that he is at peace and reunited with the love of his life Emilia.

July 31, 2014

We all send our love and happy memories of Tio Moncho to all our family members, Noel, Ruth, Perrin, and Naya.

Marirene Ramirez

July 31, 2014

Gracias tio Moncho por tu generosidad para conmigo el tiempo que viví en tu casa. Siempre te estaré eternamente agradecida. Que el Señor te tenga en sus brazos.

Kathy Clark

July 31, 2014

I am a friend of Emilia who loves dogs like she does. I am sure you were wonderful as she loves you so much. I would love to meet Emilia someday myself. Emilia is a fine person because of you and how you raised her to love family. I see you had a big family, and I think that is special. Emilia I am a good listener if you ever need a friend at this time. AAF Kathy Felty Clark

Tom and Liz Jauck

July 30, 2014

Debbie and Ramon, are hearts and prayers are with you on this sad occasion.