May 26, 1926 ~ September 5, 2011

Born in: Holtville, CA
Resided in: Gardena, CA

Ralph Vega Lara, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle went home to be with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ on September 5, 2011 at the age of 85, surrounded by family at home in Gardena, California.

Ralph Vega Lara was born to Daniel and Francisca Lara in Holtville, California on May 26, 1926. He and his family moved to Gardena in 1943. At the age of 17, Ralph became a professional boxer, winning 24 fights, with seven knockouts, over a five and a half year career. He served in the Army as a Duty Soldier for nearly 2 years, receiving a Victory Medal World War II and an honourable discharge in 1946.

On May 12, 1956, Ralph married Ermelinda Rubio in Los Angeles; they have five children together.

Ralph was employed as a laborer in construction, in furniture manufacturing and furniture delivery before beginning his career in aerospace. In 1964, he began working as a sandblaster for McDonnell Douglas Aircraft in Torrance and retired after 25 years. While working there he also held a part time job as a Security Guard for Burns Security for eight years. He was an extra in a major motion picture in 1991. He enjoyed jogging, the company of his family, attending church, reading his bible and praying. All enjoyed his animated laughter and the way that he could always make everyone laugh.

Mr. Lara is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ermelinda Lara; four daughters and sons-in-law: Martha Fabio (Richard), Mercedes Santa Cruz (Daniel), Mary Angulo (Robert), Melinda Ovalle (Micheal); one son and daughter-in-law, Ralph Lara (Marguerite); 11 grandchildren; one sister, Esther Monteverde; and numerous nephews and nieces.

The viewing will be held on Sunday September 18, 2011 at 5:00 p.m., McMillan & McCormick Mortuary in Gardena, with a Christian memorial service to begin at 5:15 p.m. The vigil will continue at Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Gardena at 7:30 p.m., where a recitation of the rosary will begin at 8:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be offered on Monday, September 19, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Inglewood Park Cemetery.

Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. (Psalm 116:15).

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  1. I Love You forever… I Love You until the end of time… I never wanted You to leave. Thank You for all the Happy years that You gave me. Thank You for our family that You have given me.

  2. Dear Dad, I know you are in heaven enjoying your rest now, and especially that you can jump, run, dance and walk. I saw you, dad, entering heaven leaping for joy! I miss you dad. I will always miss you. You were and will always be my inspiration. Thank you for always sacrificing for all of us children and mom. Thank you for encouraging me to go on with my education, and for taking me to all of my accordian lessons. You were always a support to me. Dad, I LOVE YOU! Most of all, I praise God for saving you and making you a man of God. Your many prayers for all of us are still being answered today. Dad, can’t wait to see you again in God’s heavenly kingdom. With much LOVE and GRATITUDE, your daugher, Martha

  3. Dear Dad, I just wanted to say,I love you! and I miss you! very much. You’re the best Dad in the whole world. I remember when I was younger, how you used to hide cracker jack boxes under our pillows to surprise us. Dad you used to tell us to look in the freezer and in there was an ice cream or a popsicle surprise. Dad remember you used to hide from us when we would come home after school. We would all laugh together after we found you, that was so much fun. Dad you had a way of making us laugh all the time. Dad you’re so special to me. I remember helping you to memorize scripture 1John4:4 2Cor.5:17 I remember you would pray for an hour everyday and read your Bible. I loved the way you showed your love to Mom and to us too. Dad I remember you loved to sing, I still remember those songs. Dad memorize this one now, I have fought the good fight I have finished the race I have kept the faith 2Tim.4:7 Wow! Dad you’re in the presence of God, Jesus, and The Holy Spirit how awesome! Dad you’re healed! Praise God! God is Faithful!Thanks for everything Dad you’re the best! I Love You Dad. Your daughter, Mercy

  4. Hi Dad! Well, you’re home now having a great time in heaven with Jesus! You’re free from your earthy body and able to stand, run, walk and shadow box. You’re laughing and getting a “Bang” out of all that is around you. I’ve been remembering all your phrases that you used to say, like: “That’s for the books” , “I got a Bang out of that” and “That’s a lot of cabbage” etc. or when you would play with us and say you were from the “Federal Bureau Investigations” and flip down your wallet real fast (ha ha). Dad you taught me how to Love and have compassion for others. You showed me how to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Thank you for being my Daddy! Thank you for always working so hard for all of us! So I will sing “I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, As long as I’m living … my Daddy you’ll be”. Miss You! oxox So I will see you home later! With All My Love Your daughter Mary : ) Rev. 15:3

  5. Dear Dad, How you doing? having fun with all the animals in heaven?? i miss going over and changing you lol can you believe it? well now you are running and walking and having a good time with a new body! Dont worry about mom because we will take care of her. We miss you and love you! see you later..and thank you for all that you did for ME, your favorite daughter who was ALWAYS there for you!

  6. To and for my Father, my Dad, my Daddy: DAD LOVE Love is what I need. Love is what You gave. Love is what I cannot see. Love is what You showed. Love is what I want to hear. Love is what You said. Love is what sustains me. Love is how You uplifted. Love is hard to express for me. Love is how You spoke. Love is misunderstood by me. Love is what You explained. Love is difficulty for me. Love is how You calmed. Love is painful to me. Love is how You comforted. Love is what weakens me. Love is how You strengthened. Love is what confuses me. Love is how You enlightened. Love is what makes me sad. Love is how You laughed. Love is what I say. Love is what You are. Thank You for Your Love, Mr. Ralph V. Lara (Daddy) – true Man of God, I LOVE YOU! On September 5, 2011, just before I felt you leave to continue rejoicing with Our Father, Our Saviour and Heavenly Host, I held you in my arms and told You, “I love You Dad, I love You…”

  7. My thoughts and Prayers are with all of you at this very difficulty time,especially to Mom who used to care and feed Ralph every single day.l thank God for giving me a chance to know Ralph and care for him twice a week for over 4years!the last few months was very hard for me to see him going down, this week and he comes right back again strong! ! ! He was a fighter and he fought to the end.lam happy to know that he is at peace and soon we will meet again.My joy is knowing that you loved the Lord, Rest in Peace Ralph Rest in Peace.

  8. When I heard the news I began remembering all of the memories on Ball St with our Lara familia. Good times & lots of laughter. Thank you for ways welcoming us always in your home I will carry these memories of you ,Tia Ermelinda & all the Lara cousins with me in my heart always =) May you rest now with God & rejoice with him Uncle Ralph <3 Love, Valerie,Rosie & Michelle Fresno, CA

  9. It has been a pleasure to no Mr. Lara, he always had a gentle smile and a sparkle in his eyes. Our love a prayers go out to Mrs.Lara and all the family, Our Love Prayers are with you during this diffcult time.

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