Rev. Manuel R. Ramirez, 65,
of Edinburg, Texas, and a former Sunnyside resident, passed away Tuesday, July
3, 2007, in Alaska. He was born Nov. 6, 1941, in Edinburg, to Leandro Ramirez
Sr. and Arabella Ruelas.
On March 3, 1963, he married
Esperanza Lozano in Edinburg.
Manuel worked as a labor
contractor for Bob Martin for many years. From 1967 to the time of his death,
he was an evangelist, a pastor and a church planter for the Pentacostal
Holiness Church throughout the West Coast. He was the founder of about 22
churches in his lifetime.
He received various
recognitions from the Pentecostal Holiness Church organization and was inducted
into the church planter Hall of Fame. One of his final wishes was to start a
Bible school in the Yakima Valley.
He enjoyed mechanics,
fishing, hunting and western movies.
He is survived by his
children, Johnny Ramirez and wife, Maria, of Wasilla, Alaska, Ruben Ramirez and
wife, Blanca, of Yakima, Eddie Ramirez and Keena, of Spokane and Manuela
Hernandez and husband, Butch, of Edinburg; 13 grandchildren; his father,
Leandro Ramirez Sr. of Edinburg; two sisters, Janie Ayala of Edinburg, and
Blanca Campos of Grandview; and one brother, Juan Ramirez of Sunnyside.
He was preceded in death by his
mother, Arabella Ruelas; one sister, Dorinda Rodriguez; and one brother,
Leandro Ramirez Jr.
Viewing and visitation will
be held today, Monday, July 9, 2007, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in
Sunnyside. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 10, 2007, at 10 a.m. at
Smith Funeral Home, with burial to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in
Sunnyside. Smith Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.