June 27, 2012 : Delano Now staff reports
Ernie was born in Hanford to the proud parents of Guadalupe Alvarez Limon Ramirez and Gregorio Vasquez Ramirez. He was the youngest of 12 children. He attended school in Duarte and Delano, California. His summers were spent in Guadalupe and Nipomo, California. Later in the summer his family would visit in Hollister and Santa Cruz.
His first job was as a supervisor for Nike in Duarte. Later he attended Commercial Driving School in San Bernadino and became a Class A truck driver. He enjoyed his career in agricultural transport with Empire Ag and Road to Rail transit in Delano. Ernesto was a member of Saint Mary of the Miraculous Medal Church in Delano. He was a member of the Wilderness Society, the Sierra Club, and the Yosemite Conservancy.
He enjoyed many years as a parent leader in the Earlimart 4-H Club, and loved traveling with his family. Working on classic cars was one of his hobbies in which he took great pride. If he wasn't busy with his automotive and mechanical hobbies he would most likely be found barbecuing with his family out on the Renteria Ranch.
Ernesto is survived by his wife of 30 years, Georgia Ann; two daughters, Robyn Ann and spouse, Felipe Gallo Jr. of Glendale, Ca., , and Leanna Marie Ramirez of Roseville, Ca.; and his two sons, Ernesto Jr. of Los Angeles, and Aaron Clayton Ramirez of Delano, Ca. He has two grandchildren, Alizza Mares, and David Arragon. He is survived by six sisters, Francis Montiel (Mike) of Delano, Victoria Palacio Johnny) of Santa Ana, Hortencia Torres of Porterville, Dolores Renteria (Jesse) of Terra Bella, Margaret Avila (Tony) of Bakersfield, and Erlinda Ramirez of Porterville. His surviving brothers are Atilano Ramirez (Jennie) of Delano, Gilbert Ramirez (Rachel) of San Bernadino, Johnny Ramirez (Prisila) of Santa Ana, Ca., and Richard Ramirez of Las Vegas, Nevada. He has 25 nieces and 24 nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Nicolas Ramirez (Martha) of Delano, CA.
It is with deep gratitude and many prayers that we thank our family for their generous help and support during Ernesto's battle with cancer. Their many acts of kindness and love will never be forgotten. We also express our gratitude to Mercy Hospice for their support.
A memorial and rosary will be at Delano Mortuary on Tuesday, June 26, at 6 p.m. The mass and burial will be at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Wednesday, June 27, at 9 a.m.
Interment will be at North Kern Cemetery. Pallbearers are Andres Gomez, Tommy Rodriguez, Adrian Astorga, Felix Monteil, Bobby Palacio, Ernie Sierra Jr., Richard Ramirez, and Gilbert Ramirez. Honorary pallbearers are Jesse Renteria, Tony Avila, Jesse Hernandez, Atilano Ramirez, and Johnny Ramirez.