Gilberto V. Ramirez, a long time resident of Southern, CA passed away on August 9, 2009 in Carson, CA. He was born in Hurley, New Mexico on November 30, 1933 and has resided in the Los Angeles area for the last 50 years. Gilberto V. Ramirez spent 4 years in the Marines and served in the Korean War. He received medals for National Defense Service, Korean Service, U.N. Service, and Good Conduct. He also served as a Judo Expert, a 0311 Rifle Man, and as part of C Co, 1st Bn 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division SMF Camp Pen, CA and received honorable discharge as a Sergeant on September 2, 1957. After serving his country, he worked as a Supervisor at Martin Murrieta. When Gilberto V. Ramirez wasn't working he spent his down time traveling. He loved taking road trips and taking drives with un-known destinations. He loved spending time with his very big family every opportunity he had. Taking spur of the moment drives to Palm Springs or Arizona was the norm for this free and very adventurous spirit. Fan of the Raiders, Dodgers, and the Lakers, he definitely loved sports! He was so happy to have gatherings for finals and championships, especially the most recent Lakers 2009 Championship against Magic! He also enjoyed listening to old Tex-Mex tunes from the 50s and 60s and cooking up mean, green enchiladas using New Mexico chiles. Survived by his wife Maria S. Ramirez, his Daughters; Dorothy Lopez, Donna Ramirez, Barbara Parra, Karina Reynoso, and Lisa Martinez, and his Sons; Gilbert (Tim) Ramirez & Frank Martinez, his Sisters; Minnie Vasquez, Tessie Chavez, and Tillie Calderon, his 20 Grandchildren; Theresa, Jessica, Monica, David, Arleen, Stevie, Roxanne, Nadia, Timothy Jr., Elizabeth, Marlena, Natalie, Brianna, Olivia Anthony, Roxie, Sebastian, Alyssa, Natalia, and Valerie, and his 5 Great-Grandchildren; Jazmynn, Robert, Vanessa, Anthony, and Noah. A very intimate ceremony will take place for the immediate family in Redondo Beach, CA on the morning of Saturday August 15, 2009. It will begin with an honorary military ceremony and proceed with a boat ride off the coast of King Harbor for the dispersing of his ashes. Afterwards a gathering for family and friends will take place at his home in Carson, CA at 12:00 PM. Please use this website, to send the family messages, share memories, or to obtain directions to the services.

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  1. Everything my dad taught me will live in my heart for the rest of my life. Making him proud is my new purpose. Always and Always..

  2. My condolences to all his family, I am very fortunate to have known Gilbert, one of the many to give service to our country, for which we all are thankful for. He is missed dearly, and will forever remain in our hearts. -d

  3. My heart aches…I will forever cherish the memories we have of him from our trip to Vegas this summer…all decked out in his Dodger gear…he was a very geniune person with a beautiful heart & soul….

  4. Gilbert i am going to miss you thank you for everything you have ever done for me.I will never ever forget you .Until we meet again vaya con dios mi amigo!love paul

  5. sometimes the simplest things leave a lasting impression in my heart thank you for the moment, the memories i will cherish for a life time.

  6. I’m sorry you passed away. I remember when we used to find all your hiding places of Butterfingers and all of your other candies and things. We miss you, and I’m sure you miss your whole family. Atleast you had a long life and I really miss you.. This is it Papa Gilbert, You’re free.

  7. I miss you Papa Gilbert, and so does everyone. We miss you. I’m sorry you passed, but you’re free to go. We miss you so much!

  8. It has been so wonderful,well honored and breath taking to share the memories, tears and laughs that we have had together,these past few days. Thanks Mary,Katrina,Javier,Lisa,Paul Frank & Josie. Thank you Daddy for this Gift of Love, You are my Hero and I will miss & Love you forever, your Daughter Dorothy

  9. Many people loved him I’m sorry for the many who loved him. He spent good years here and now he will be spending more in heaven. I know he remember his life.

  10. To my favorite father-in-law. We love and miss you, you will allways be in our prayers and thoughts. Thank you for the gift of your daughter, which I will always love. I’ll miss the calls leting you know that the Raiders lost. RIP.Love always Les.

  11. You were an amazing, adventurous, fun, loving, caring and supportive father….. I will cherish all the memories. I love you and miss you so much!

  12. You are the greatest PaPa! and I will always share my wonderful memories of you with my two little boys. Have fun on your new adventures! Faster Papa Faster!(I think we all will remember those car rides and those donut stops!) I love you!

  13. PaPa your the best of all. Your funny, fun,and wonderful.You are number #1 PaPa in the whole world.We love you PaPa…love from your oldest -Great-Grand-Daughter Jazmynn

  14. I love you and miss you Poppa. I wish you were here. Hope you are better in heaven. I love when you made me laugh. Love your great grandson Robert.

  15. Poppa…Thank you for all the memories, the speed rides in the Datsun, the lay back times in the lazy boy, the laughs, and all the rest… you are truely missed and loved.

  16. To my father in law……To my Father, You showed me how to be a better man but not by telling me but by being The Better Man. Thank you for everything you have taught me, I will never forget. You are now in God’s hands so I know you are in a better place. I wait for the day we meet again. P.S. I will keep my promise and take care of the family you left behind. Love always, Your son Javi

  17. my papa gilbert was wonderful. every time i would see him he would always make me smile or laugh in one way or another. i’m happy i was able to share a dance with him at my quince before he passed. i will always cherish the time that i spent with him. i know he is watching over me now. he’ll be there to help me when time is difficult. i love you PAPA GILBERT and I MISS YOU VERY MUCH. thank you for being my papa gilbert.

  18. …..Our Dad …. He was a loving Husband and Great Dad & a Special Papa There are a few things I’d like to share, that I have learned from my Dad which was “Strength, Choices & Family”. Let me share what my Dad shared with me, (I’m sure it will sound familiar ) My Daddys Words He would say, Be Proud of who you are. Where you came from and where life takes you. He would always tell me that sometimes life isn’t fair, but to find the way to make it work. You’ll be ok. Save your money for a rainy day, you never know. And Mija, Never give up on yourself, you have a family to carry. His advice was pretty clear, “Be Strong”. He’d say that the choices you make in life will be the choices you live with. Whether it was the right choice or not. Time would only tell. He never told you,,,,, what you should do,,,, but advised on what certain choices,,,, could only be like. When he was done speaking,,,, you new,,, The choices were yours to make in the end. Of course, his advise and our “Choices” . He loved and cared for all of us,,,,,in his,,,, own,, Unique way. And I ‘m sure we all cherrish that proudly. I know I do. Family was very important to him. No matter how far or how close. He …made.. the time…. to share his love ,,with each and everyone of us. He never asked for anything in return and was always saying “ HOW PROUD he was of ALL of us. Right down to the little ones. Which filled his heart with so much love. His advise,,,,,His Family Now it is up to us to be strong and carry our Family as he carried us. Advise our children what we were taught. It’s not going to be hard,,,,, because we had the # 1 Dad. Don’t worry, he will be watching over ALL of us. His advise, now Our Family Thank you Daddy for this Gift of Love, You are my Hero and I will Love you forever. Until I see you again. Your Daughter Dorothy (Farwell)

  19. I remember Gilbert as a nice, generous person. When ever I seen him he had a smile on his face. He used to pick Lisa and I up after school from Banning High in the Astro Van. And at any of the family parties, if there was good music playing, he would be dancing. He was a good man and he will be missed.

  20. I will miss my Poppa…I remember everytime he came to visit, he would bring a box of doughnuts…I sure will miss him…Now we have a guardian angel to watch over us…Glad its Poppa…he sure loved all of us…Miss you Poppa and love you …your grandson David Jr Garcia

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