Ramirez, Joe A.

March 28, 1933 - January 14, 2020

Joe Angel Ramirez was born in Gregory, Texas on March 28th, 1933 to Ramiro and Juanita (Santana) Ramirez.  He was the second eldest of 16 children.  He grew up in Baytown and joined the U.S. Navy before his high school graduation.  He served in the U.S. Navy from 1950-1954 onboard the USS Mark, AKL-12, in the Philippines and Okinawa.  While in the Navy, he got his GED and later graduated from college with a degree in accounting.  He was proud of his Navy service and always saluted when he heard, “Anchors Away.”  He loved watching old war movies.

Joe worked for Pan Am for 27 years, where he was in operations, ticketing, and reservations.  He met Nancy James in Miami, Florida at the Pan Am reservations center.  They were married in February of 1994 at the First Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, Texas.  When Pan Am went out of business, he and Nancy joined Continental airlines and moved to Houston, Texas, in 1995.

Joe was compassionate toward both animals and human beings.  Nancy tells the story of Joe bringing home a litter of 8 stray puppies and their mother.  Joe and Nancy eventually found good homes for all 9 dogs.  Joe expressed compassion for people by helping in material ways—whether it was fixing a widow’s car, helping a friend with plumbing trouble, or teaching a young man to tie his tie.  His children remember him buying a meal for a homeless person who was in need.

Joe and Nancy joined First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood, where Joe was an elder and usher captain.  One of their favorite church activities was going to Peru on 5 mission trips.  Joe served as an interpreter for the doctors as he was fluent in Spanish and English.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his children Joe (Rosie) of Pearland, TX; Victor (Dianna) of Austin, TX; Diane of Houston, TX; Robert (Michele) of Zavala, TX; Felipe of Zavala, TX; his siblings, Manuel, Candido, Richard, Rudy, and Rosie Duron; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many friends and relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents, several siblings, and his daughter, Susan.

In lieu of flowers, please contribute in Joe’s memory to First Presbyterian’s Missions programs or to the Choir General Fund, or to Wreaths across America.

Service Information

The memorial service for Joe will be on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at 11:00am at First Presbyterian Church, 5520 Kingwood Dr, Humble, TX 77345.

10 replies on “Ramirez, Joe A.”

Joe Ramirez says:

Dad is such a great man and touched so many lives. He inspired me every day to be a good man and to love every day. Pop will be missed.

Sylvia Ellis says:

Joe was a good man. Very thoughtful and always willing to help even in difficult situations. Thank you for helping my family out. You will be missed. RIP Joe.


I had the honor of meeting MrJoe many years ago thanks to his beautiful daughter Diane. Rest in peace soldier.

Ellenmarie Ramirez says:

Although I didn’t get to know my grandpa Joe for very long, I did know him to be not only very loving, but very loved. I am blessed to have meet him when I did and to be apart of his family. He will be missed. Love you Grandpa Joe.

Laura Smith says:

Our family has known Nancy and Joe through FPC-Kingwood for many years and have been blessed by their friendship. Joe was such a special person and will be dearly missed. Sending love and prayers to the family!

Kate Harris says:

Lots of great memories of working with Joe at Pan Am. Friends for 40+years. We miss you Joe!

Francine McGinnis says:

He sounds like a wonderful man. RIP

Jeffrey Rousseau says:

My heart is very heavy with the passing of my close great Friend,Co-worker, who I have known for a long time . He was like a second Dad to me, made me laugh so hard. We called each other “Turkey” . We worked together at Continental Airlines for many years. I would fly to Houston to go eat Supper or Lunch together , I remember all the great Mexican Restaurants. Another neat thing was we were both Navy Veterans and shared lots of our military stories. When he married Nancy , she was the love of his life. She is such a loving lady.
It will be so hard not being able to not to call him as we did quite frequently and just chat. I will miss you Turkey . Until we see each other again. Rest in Peace Shipmate !

Jeff Rousseau

Fred & Anne Loperena says:

Joe was a kind and wonderful man and a good, good friend. He will always be remembered with love.

Linda Perez-Heyman says:

It saddens me that you been called home by the Lord.
Through the years of ups and downs you were always there for me and my family. Like the time you helped my sister and her son move to S.D. by driving the U-haul truck so they wouldn’t have to drive by themselves. Your caring and your support have meant so much to me through the years. I am so glad I said my good I said my goodbyes to you on October 25, 2019. I will forever hold on to those beautiful memories of you and Nancy on our last lunch together at your lovely home. Nancy was so lucky to have you in her life. You were there for each other all these years. My heart breaks to have to say goodbye to you as I write my last letter to you as I hold back my tears. Your beautiful memories of so many years will be even more precious to me as the years go by. Thank you, Joe for being my good friend since 1969. You will be truly missed. RIP Peacfully.

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