MISSION – Leopoldo “Papo” Ramirez Jr., 93, passed away at his home in Mission.
He served in WWII as a paratrooper with the 11th Airborne Division. He was sent in the first squad to Japan under the direction of Gen. Douglas MacArthur.
Survivors include his children, Irma Gomez, Dr. Mona Parras, Mellie Becho, Libby Peña, Leopoldo Ramirez III and Melba Ayala; siblings, Rosa Ortega, Alicia Perez, Ramiro Ramirez, Reymundo Ramirez and Humberto Lozano; and 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lupita; parents, Leopoldo and Cecilia Ramirez; and siblings, Reynaldo Ramirez, Ruben Ramirez, Rogelio Ramirez and Olivia Trevino.
A funeral mass was held on Feb. 25 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Mission. Burial followed at the Rio Grande Valley Veterans State Cemetery in Mission.
Pallbearers were Jose Gomez Jr., Marco Gomez, Mike Vasquez, Petie Ayala Jr., Mikey Ayala and Beto Cantu III.