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Joseph Ramirez

January 2, 1920 — June 13, 2016

Joseph Angel Ramirez Sr., 96, of Silvis, passed away June 13, 2016, at his home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, Silvis. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, East Moline. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Schroder Mortuary, Silvis, with a rosary at 6 p.m.

Joseph was born Jan. 2, 1920, in East Moline, to Felix and Cresencta Ramirez. He served in the Army during World War II. Joseph married Ophelia Lopez on Dec. 31, 1955, in Rock Island. She passed away Jan. 23, 1994.

Joseph worked as a machine operator at International Harvester in East Moline, retiring after 34 years. He was a member of VFW Post 8890, played semi pro baseball for Quad Cities Rebels, was marble champion for the state of Illinois and loved to play the guitar and sing with his best friend and brother, Louie. He also loved the outdoors and gardening. Survivors include his daughters, Josie Johnson, Moline, Sally Koehn, Donahue, Iowa, Rosann (Randy) Elsbury, Port Byron, and JoAnn (Barney) Heist, East Moline; sons George Ramirez, Oklahoma, Ray (Pancho) Rivas, East Moline, and Joseph Ramirez Jr., Silvis; 16 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; sisters, Julia Zapata, Silvis, and Carmen McClean, Michigan; and a brother, Felix Ramirez, Mexico. Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, wife, sons Richard and Tom and 15 siblings.
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