Elias Ramirez, Sr., age 82 of Abingdon, passed away at 11:24 a.m. Monday, December 2, 2019, at his home. He was born July 21, 1937, in Chicago, the son of Manuel and Refugio (Frausto) Ramirez. He married Mariann G. Shourek on September 2, 1956. She preceded him in death on August 10, 2012. Elias is survived by three sons, Elias (and Carol) Ramirez, Jr. of Galesburg, Fred (and Sue) Ramirez of Galesburg, and Frank (and Sherry) Ramirez of Jones, Oklahoma; two daughters, Mae Rogers of Abingdon and Mariann Crouch of Knoxville; 12 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-granddaughter; his son-in-law, Richard Hampton of Abingdon; one brother, Jimmy Ramirez of Chicago; and one sister, Esther Cobb of Las Vegas, Nevada. He was also preceded in death by his parents and his loving daughter, Kathleen “Kathy” Hampton. He had lived in Abingdon for the past 38 years. He worked as a custodian at Knoxville Schools for 20 years. His hobbies included fishing, watching golf and football on TV, and he was very good at solving puzzles. He liked playing Nintendo and he mastered the game of “Zelda”. He loved spending time with his family.
Cremation will be accorded. Private family services will be held. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Services Abingdon Chapel is assisting his family with arrangements. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.