Dr. Ramos, 88, went to his Heavenly Home on Feb. 12, 2011.
He is survived by his wife, Elvira (Lily) Ramos; his sons, Sidonio P. Ramos, M.D. and Carlos Ramos; his grandchildren; his great-grandchildren; and by his sister, Fidencia Ramos of Havana, Cuba.
Dr. Ramos was born July 10, 1922, in Pontevedra, Spain, the son of Manuel Ramos and Palmira Gosende. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Havana, Cuba. He grew up in Cuba attending Los Escolapios and the University of Havana School of Medicine where he received his Medical Degree. He Specialized in Ophthalmology. He worked at the Hospital Militar (Military Hospital) in Havana Cuba, serving Cuba’s Veterans and the O.N.R.I. - Organizacion Nacional de Rehabilitacion de Invalidos - (National Organization for the Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons.)
After graduating from Medical School, he married his longtime sweetheart, Elvira (Lily) Perez. He and his wife had the honor and pleasure of celebrating their 59th Wedding Anniversary this past November.
Moving to the United States after the Communist Revolution in Cuba, Dr. Ramos and his Family settled in Leavenworth, Kan., where he became the Ophthalmologist of the then Veterans Administration Medical Center now known as Dwight D. Eisenhower Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He became Chief of Ophthalmology and just as he dedicated his life to serve Veterans in Cuba, he dedicated his life to serve America’s Veterans. While he had numerous opportunities to enter Private Practice he always said his calling was to serve those who sacrificed for the Defense and Service of their Country. His second family was indeed, the Veterans he served until his retirement in 1997. To them we give thanks for having given my Father, his purpose in Life.
People like my Father, come by only a few in a lifetime. Few remain that show such Love and Devotion to their Profession and Patients. To those, God Bless You!
God gave us a Father like no other. No one could not have asked for a Better Father or Husband. He was someone to whom Family came first but was also there to help others in need. He would do without so others could have. His friends were and still are, part of our family and we thank them for being there for us. God also gave My Father the Honor to serve his other Family, His Veterans. God saw fit to say, “Sidonio? Job well done. Time to come home.”
We love you Dad. We Always Have and Always Will. Your Memory will live with us Forever. You will me missed. Rest in Peace.
A memorial service will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home, with Rev. Christopher Kulig, O.Carm., as celebrant. Visitation will follow the service. In his memory we ask that Memorials please be sent to those Organizations that care for those he served: Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Paralyzed American Veterans.