Skip Ramos passed away at home on July 11, 2014. Born the eldest of three sons to Oliver and Thelma (Spencer) Ramos in Brooklyn, N. Y., in 1947. In the late 1950s, the family moved to Kansas City, Mo.
Patriotism runs strongly on both sides of the family. Skip joined the US Army in 1967, rising quickly to rank of spec.5. He volunteered for three tours in Vietnam. He was honored with two bronze stars, two U.S. Army Commendation Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged in 1971, then worked for Union Pacific Railroad in Kansas City.
In 1972, Skip married Rosilyn Jones, the love of his life and in 1974 they moved to Fairfield, Calif. Skip worked for Sears, and later, was a systems analyst at Xerox. Due to downsizing, he moved to Tosco Oil Refinery in Martinez, Calif.
Skip was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1995 and was given three months to live. With aggressive chemo and radiation therapy he amazed everyone by beating that insidious disease with humor and perseverance. He was an 18-year cancer survivor. An ardent San Francisco 49ers fan, Skip held season tickets and enjoyed going to football games with Linwood Little. Skip had a heart of gold, was a doting husband, father and grandfather bragging to everyone. He always helped family and friends who needed a place to stay, advice or a shoulder to cry on. Cousins in the military who visited left with extra cash in their pockets because his Uncle Sam once did that for him when he visited New York. He loved calling people by name and remembered most people’s names whom he met. He was a lifelong Catholic, a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church as well as a member of St. Stephen C.M.E. Church, where he served on the Feed My Sheep and men’s ministries.
Skip is survived by his wife of 41 years, Rosilyn; daughter, Lisa (David) Galvan; granddaughter, Alexis; brothers, David and Nicholas; uncle Leo Spencer (Wash.); sister-in-law, Marilyn Haynes; brother-in-law, Ronald Jones Mo.; loving nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.