Arcadio M. Ramirez

Jan. 12, 1925 - August 10, 2009

Arcadio M. Ramirez, “Art,” of Waukesha, passed away Monday, Aug. 10, 2009, at the age of 84.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Margarita (nee Casta–eda). He is the loving father of Arthur, Ralph (Renee), Daniel, Rebecca (Douglas Johnson) and Andrew (Julie). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Isaac, Eli, Adam, Alicia, Maria, Joseph, Kathleen and Alex. He will also be missed by many friends and family.

Arcadio was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac and Isidra Ramirez, and several brothers and sisters.

Arcadio was born into a poor railroad family in Waynoka, a small city in the Oklahoma Panhandle. He sometimes joked about only wearing overalls until he was 13 years old when he sold a pig to buy a suit of clothes. He specifically requested that he be buried in overalls, reminiscent of his early years.

Like most of the young men of his generation, he proudly served his country in World War II as a soldier in the U.S. Army. He served and saw action in the European Theater. He was reactivated and spent time in active service in the Army during the Korean Conflict.

He settled in Waukesha in the mid-1940s. He subsequently met and married Margarita in 1957 in Racine. He was a well-known and respected member of the Mexican-American community in Waukesha. He was also a devout member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Aug. 14, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 822 N. East Ave., Waukesha. A Mass of Christian burial will immediately follow at noon. A military burial service will take place at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17, at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.

The Ramirez family appreciates the thoughts and prayers of friends and family. The family is also deeply grateful to the staff of the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee and the Wisconsin Veteran’s Home in Union Grove.

In lieu of flowers memorials to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church are appreciated.

Church and Chapel Funeral Home, 827-0659, is serving the family.