Ramon Velasquez Gonzales

July 6, 1919May 9, 2013
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Entered into rest on May 9, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on July 6, 1919 in a small hacienda in San Francisco del Rincon, Guanajuato, Mexico and came to this country at 42 days old. He attended school is Santa Paula, CA where he met his future wife, Manuela and worked in the orchards with his brothers, Albert and Manuel. Soon after he was drafted into the army in 1942 assigned to the 88th infantry which were famously known as the “Blue Devils” for their tenacity. He was wounded twice during battle and became a purple heart recipient. He married the love of his life, Manuela and had three children, Mark, Maria Elena and Carlos whom he cherished. He was widowed 10 years later and raised his kids alone. He was a barber for 50 years and was the owner of three shops in San Jose. He was also a strong Catholic who showed his children his love for God. Ramon enjoyed fishing, traveling and was an avid reader who was well versed in military and mexican history. He delighted in telling stories about the war. He lived a full life to the age of 94. He is survived by his three children and has now joined his wife, brothers, granddaughter and parents who preceded him in death. He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. Visitation will be held on Wednesday May 15, 2013 from 5-8PM with Rosary at 6PM at Lima Family Santa Clara, 466 N. Winchester Blvd. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2013 at 9:30AM at St. Leo Parish, 88 Race St. San Jose. Interment to follow at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery, 490 Lincoln St.


  • Visitation Wednesday, May 15, 2013
  • Rosary Service Wednesday, May 15, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, May 16, 2013

Ramon Velasquez Gonzales

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Nancy Mason

December 6, 2013

Although I never met your Dad, I know through his daughter Maria, he was truly a wonderful and successful man. May your memories and love keep him close in your hearts.

“The man is a success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who leaves the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who never lacked appreciation of earth's beauty or failed to express it; who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.”

? Robert Louis Stevenson

December 6, 2013


My heartfelt condolences to you and your brothers. What a very handsome father you have! I know now where your good looks came from Maria. And, knowing how you loved your father and cared for him so much, I know he was a very good father! Now your mom would not be lonely! C Foley

Lisa Rodriguez

December 5, 2013

My condolences to you and your brothers. I know how hard it is when someone you love so dearly passes. The love and memories are always live in your heart. Stay strong.

Maria Elena Gonzales

June 11, 2013

Dad I miss you every day! I'm glad you're with mom but I wish you were with us still. It's not the same without you. I love you so much!

May 25, 2013

Sorry to hear about the loss of your father. He was a dear man. Maria may you find comfort in knowing that he is now with the love of his life. May God bless you and your brothers for the wonderful care and love you showed him in his golden years.

Susan Pistello

Diane Soberanes

May 19, 2013

Maria-you are an inspiration to all sons and daughters who care for their parents in their golden years. You were a devoted daughter and caregiver. I pray God eases your pain and gives you many blessings that you deserve. Take care my friend.

May 18, 2013

Maria I am so sorry to learn of the death of your dad. Cherish the thought that he is at rest. My thoughts are with you, mark and Carlos.

Pat Naito

May 15, 2013

Dear Maria, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. Know that he is free from suffering and pain resting with the angels above. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Judi Robb

Mike Flatt

May 14, 2013

Sorry for the loss of your father, but your memories will be forever. Prayers for you and your family

Ellya Jeffries

May 14, 2013 were an angel on earth while your mother looked over you all. I'm proud to have you as a friend. Your devotion and love are inspiring and is the reason God gave you your Dad for so long on earth. I hope your sadness will be replaced with knowing that your parents are finally reunited. God bless you, Carlos and Mark now and forever keep you in His grace. Love you, BFF...Ellya