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.


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