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Tom Ramirez - September 18, 2013

Thomas Ramirez, age 69, of Haxtun, died Sept. 18, 2013, in Haxtun. He was born Sept. 22, 1943, in Cheraw to Bessie and Francisco Tabares and welcomed into the loving home of Ray and Ester Hessler.

Tom grew up in Merino and graduated from Merino High School and made his home in Haxtun with his wife of 29 years, Jodel (Kennedy) Ramirez.

Tom worked at Great Western Sugar for 22 years and the Colorado Department of Transportation for 12 years, retiring in 1999. Tom spent his time gardening, watching sports and spending time with his family and friends.

Tom was preceded in death by sisters-in-law, Helen Tabares and Tina Martinez; brother, Danny Martinez; and sister, Vera Guerro.

Tom is survived by his wife, Jodel; children, Debbie Ramirez and Cindy, Maria Ramirez and children Michael and Nora, Christina Ramirez, Troy Dickerson and wife Stacey and daughter Bailey, Tracy Dickerson and wife Deb and daughters Courtny and Callie, Carol Morris and children Holland and Sydney, Shawnda Derby and husband Kevin and children Mason, Jenessa, Adria and Brayea, Misha Mooney and Carissa and Matthew Ramirez; brothers, Fred Tabares, Joe Tabares and wife Eileen, Tobby Martinez and Eddie Clea and wife Florence; sisters, Gloria Chavez and husband Ben Ito, Esther Shoeboot and husband Clifford, Irene Encineas and husband Benjie and Christina Esquibel and husband John; brother-in-law, Lupe Guerro; sister-in-law, Anna Martinez; great-grandchildren, Fox, Azalea, Robin and Jolie Ramirez; and many nieces and nephews.

The rosary was held Sept. 20 at Gerk Funeral Home in Haxtun, with service being led by Father William Jungmann.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held Sept. 21 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Holyoke with Father William Jungmann officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Tom Ramirez Memorial Fund, 505 North Edmund, Haxtun, CO 80731.

Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.