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Yilario L. ‘Larry’ Ramirez

A funeral mass is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 9, at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church for Yilario L. “Larry” Ramirez of Artesia.

Ramirez, 83, went to his heavenly home Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. Larry was in Plano, Texas, when he joined hands with his Savior. Because of his faith and his love for Jesus, Larry is most assuredly walking the streets of gold hand in hand with his wife, Talo.

Pallbearers will be Dickey Ramirez, Rueben Artiaga, Jaime Salmon, Armando Perez, Brent Crowe, Mike Mendoza, Robert Quezada and Terry Johnson. Honorary pallbearers are Ramon Vargas, Gonzalo Perez, Wade McFatridge, Robert Torrez, Ernesto Navarette, Antonio Luna Jr., Scott Ramirez, Michael DoPorto, Adam Joseph Ramirez, Robert D. Ramirez and Raul Grado.

Visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. and a rosary and vigil at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Our Lady of Grace.

Larry was born Oct. 21, 1933, in Artesia, to Jose M. and Maria (Lara) Ramirez. The eldest of 10 children, Larry left school at an early age to help provide for his siblings. He was a humble, quiet man who always tried to set the example and sacrificed for others, even to the end of his life.

In 1954, Larry was drafted into the U.S. Army. He completed boot camp at Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, and served his tour of duty at Fort Dix in Trenton, N.J. After completing his service, Larry returned to Artesia and worked at White’s Auto Store for 25 years. He later worked for GEO Vann and the City of Artesia.

Larry loved playing baseball, watching western movies, and spending time with family and his close friends. When he called you friend, you were friends for life.

On May 25, 1957, Larry married the love of his life, Natividad “Talo” Perez, in Artesia. Their marriage was truly brought together by God, as they shared a lifetime of love, loyalty, commitment and sacrifice. Three children were born of this beautiful union: Jose Alfredo “Joe Freddy” Ramirez, Patricia “Pat” Crowe, and Elmira “Mira” Marquez.

Larry, a devoted husband and father, blessed his wife and children beyond measure by the love he gave. Just as he set the example for his siblings, he showed his children, their spouses, and his grandchildren what it meant to be a husband, father and grandfather. Even though Larry was small in stature, he was a gentle giant and honorable man.

Larry’s life was forever changed the day his loving wife of 56 years, Talo, went to heaven on Oct. 3, 2013. Certainly, God looked upon Larry at his arrival in heaven and said, “This is my son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Survivors include son Joe Freddy Ramirez of Artesia; daughter-in-law Alice Ramirez of Hobbs; daughters Pat Crowe and husband Kurt of Artesia, and Mira Marquez and husband Rene of Midland, Texas; grandchildren Scott Joseph Ramirez, Pamela Jo Mendoza, Robert David Ramirez, Melissa Aaron Crowe, Brent Jordan Crowe, and Emily Brooke Crowe; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers Billy, Adam, Joe and Frank Ramirez; sisters Connie DoPorto, Mary Ellen Salmon and Rebecca Quezada; and beloved grandpets Tinker, Nikita Diamond, and Samantha Jo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother Sam Ramirez; and sister Margie Artiaga.

Arrangements are under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed online at www.artesiafunerals.com.