Juan Ramos Ramos
May 15, 1941 – February 5, 2021
On February 05, 2021, our Father, Juan R. Ramos (79) of Yakima, Washington, left this earth to be with our Lord in Heaven. He was born in Puerto Rico on May 15, 1941, and grew up in Adjuntas, an area rich in bananas and coffee, working along-side his older brother, Alcidas. As a young boy, he enjoyed boxing and attended grade school in Adjuntas. When our Father was a young man, he and his family made the brave journey to the continental US where he enrolled in high school in New York, then graduated with his brother, Alcidas. Guided by his beloved stepfather, Donald T. Atkins, and armed with determination and an unimaginable work ethic, made his way to Washington and graduated from JM Perry Institute in Yakima where he completed his studies in Auto Body and Fender Repair. In the late summer of 1962, he met his one and only love: our mother, Bonnie Ramos in Selah, Washington. It was love at first site: they dated for five weeks and were married September 18, 1962. Together, Mom and Dad raised five children over the following decades. They celebrated 58 years of marriage this past year.
Our family lived in Wapato, WA where Dad first learned he had a passion for the food industry: primarily fruit. This led to his first management role at a local orchard for several years. Following this passion and desire to provide for his family, Dad moved our family to Mattawa, WA, where he grew in his management role for a larger orchard. While in Mattawa, he also volunteered as a firefighter. Becoming a volunteer firefighter was one of the most rewarding and selfless decisions he ever made: he felt it so important to give back to the community in a meaningful way. After the five of us were grown and on our own, Mom and Dad moved to East Wenatchee where Dad worked for, and eventually retired from, C&O Nursery. In 2010 following his retirement, they moved to Yakima as a more centralized location for visiting their children and grandchildren. Our father took much pride in his work, his family, and his faith. His grandchildren were his whole world: he lit up with joy when any were in his presence. He was also a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Yakima and raised his children to know and love God.
In 2016, his wife, daughter and grandsons traveled to Adjuntas, Puerto Rico where he revisited his deep Puerto Rican roots with his family. This was a special time for Dad as he reconnected with his childhood and was able to show his family so much of his early years. The simplest pleasures in life brought great joy to our Father. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, dancing, playing cards, bingo, watching western movies and spending time with his family members.
He is survived by many family members who will continue to honor his legacy by living their lives to the fullest: first and foremost, his devoted wife of 58 years, our mother, Bonnie Ramos, his five children: son John Ramos (Yakima, WA), son Donald Ramos (Richland, WA), daughter Cherri (Tom) Owen (Kennewick, WA), daughter Loretta Ramos (Pasco, WA), daughter Catherine (Bob) Den Adel (Malott, WA) his 13 grandchildren: Samuel Gipson, Rocky Gipson, Isaac (Serena) Gipson, Derek Den Adel, Destiny Johnson, Danielle Orozco, Jennifer Lisk, Savannah Lisk, Devven Ramos, Jordan Ramos, Zachery Weed, Michaela Ramos, and Donald Ramos Jr. He will also live on through his 15 great grandchildren.
We would like to thank Cottage in the Meadow Memorial Home for taking such great care of our Father in his final days. Notes of remembrance of our Father may be made to Keith and Keith Funeral Home: 902 W Yakima Avenue, Yakima, WA 98902 or online: at keithandkeith.com
Our family is planning a celebration of life on Saturday, May 15, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Pybus Market Tel Event Center, 3 N Worthen St, Wenatchee, WA 98801.
Faithful Father, we thank you that you are the Lord of life. We praise you that we are made in your image, reflecting your truth and light. We thank you for the life of your child, the love he received from you, and the love with which he loved us. We wait with eager anticipation for the resurrection of the dead at the return of Jesus Christ. We thank you that we will share with all your people in a world with no sin, pain, or death. We long to see you face to face and be reunited with our husband/father. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Celebration of Life
Saturday, May 15, 2021
Juan Ramos Ramos
April 21, 2021
It was a pleasure to know Juan and Bonnie, Juan was one of the best foreman's C & O Orchards ever had, his work ethics were extremely high and his working relationship with his employees was impressive.
Cherrie Lisk Owen
February 16, 2021
My biggest memory of my dad probably was like 6 years ago when my mom was in the hospital and had surgery. He would barely leave to eat or anything. My girlfriend from school since grade school came to visit at hospital. She saw my dad with tears. It was a side she never saw. In that moment we knew how much he loved my mom. He stayed alright with her that year at hospital for new year's eve. They never were apart and he made sure he was there. That kind of love is rare and almost none existant anymore. So I am glad they got to be together before God decided it was time. They deserved it. Will miss you and I know you will continue to watch over mom. Love you so much.
February 16, 2021
While my heart has been grieving for the Ramos family this week, I am so thankful for the years I was able to spend with this man. He was the Dad I didn't have in my life for many, many years. To witness the priceless expressions on his face and tears in his eyes when Donald and I welcomed Michaela and DJ into this world...that beautiful smile through his thick mustache...he brought so much joy to my life and to the lives of my children...the best Papa ever. I will always love you for the father role you lovingly played in my life and for the love you had for our babies. Rest in peace Juan, and all my love to the Ramos family.
February 14, 2021
I have always been very close to my grandparents. Ever since I was very young I would stay a good portion of summers with my grandparents while working with/for my grandpa. We would drink coffee at 5:00 - 5:30 am and come home to my grandma, my grandpa, myself, and John Wayne movies...I became addicted to John Wayne movies. It was just amazing being around him, seeing the way he communicated with people and how on point he was. One time when I was I think 13 - 14, I was helping build wooden fruit boxes and a guy who saw the work I was doing just verbally destroyed a good portion of what I had done....I was devastated, I let him Grandpa down. We used to take this little Golf Cart around the orchards to do things and he spent the rest of the afternoon letting me turn on irrigation sprinklers throughout the orchard while he talked to me about the importance of the details when it comes to doing a good job....I have never met somebody that didn't respect what was coming out of my grandfathers mouth. He cared about everyone tremendously and was smart enough to make his words count.
February 12, 2021
One of my fondest memories with my dad is when we lived in Wapato. I wanted to go to work with my dad to change the irrigation lines so he took me with him and I had these boots on that were too big for me and when I would step in a muddy spot my boot would stay in the mud and my foot would come out the. I think I was about 8 years old. Dad was probably the most patient person I know and I loved to do things with him. He didn’t talk a lot but sometimes he would come up with the funniest comments just out of the blue. I will definitely miss that.