Ogden–M/Sgt (Retired) Norberto Ramos was a World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War Veteran serving in the United States Army and the United States Air Force. He passed away on Friday, October 21, 2022 at the George E. Wahlen Veteran Home. Bob, as many knew him, was born June 6, 1925, in Georgetown, Texas to Francisco and Delores Ramos.
Bob was the oldest of five children and took on the responsibilities of being head of the household at the tender age of 10 due to the loss of his father. He had to drop out of school to offer support to his family. He worked at a local grocery store sweeping and cleaning, working other odd end jobs such as mowing lawns, delivering newspapers, a beet picker, bagging wool, long shoreman, and most any dirty job he could get. He was a self-taught, hard-working individual.
In 1943 at the age of 18, Bob was drafted into the Army, and sent to Fort Sam, Houston, Texas. He was enlisted as a combat medic. Shortly after D-Day happened and Bob was on his way to Germany, he was assigned to the 86th Infantry Division. After leaving Germany, Bob found himself on his way to Japan. Bob and his infantry witnessed VE Day and now VJ Day. From there he was sent to the Philippines, and after three years of serving the United States Army, he was honorably discharged in April of 1946.
In 1951, Bob was called to duty again. Enlisting with the Air Force as a Security Forces Troop. He served a tour of duty in Korea and Vietnam. As an E6 (TSgt) he was stationed in Okinawa, Japan during the Cuban Missile Crisis where he managed a Flight of 125 Airmen in the largest Security Forces in the Air Force. He was promoted to an E7 (MSgt). Retiring from the Air Force after serving 20 years in the military, settling in Utah.
Some of his many awards included: The Bronze Star Medal, The Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Europe-African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory Medal and the Philippine Liberation Medal. He was also the recipient of the Pioneers in Blue Award, as well as a long list of Distinguished Service Awards and recognitions, and Volunteer of the Year multiple times from the 75th Med Group.
You couldn’t keep Bob still even in retirement. He wanted to go back to work after retiring from the military and wasn’t going to just sit in front of the TV or “boob tube” as he called it. He got a job working for the state at Job Service in Clearfield, Utah, and went on to retire from there in 1987. Bob enjoyed volunteer work as well, and he spent 27 years volunteering at the Hill AFB Pharmacy. He also volunteered his time at Ogden Regional Medical Center, Davis Hospital, as well as St. Benedicts Hospital. It looks as if Bob never fully retired. He was a life member of the VFW, American Vets, VVA, DAV, American Legion, Wasatch Front Veteran Council, Ogden Veteran Homes Advisory Board, and the Resident Council.
Bob was good friends with fellow WWII Veteran and Medal of Honor recipient George E. Wahlen. Bob served on the construction Advisory Committee for Ogden Veterans Home. He was to be honored in November 2022 by the University of Utah as one of ten Outstanding Utah Veterans. He was often referred to as the Mayor of the George E. Wahlen Ogden Veterans Home by retired Director of Utah Department of Veterans Affairs Terry Schow.
Bob loved being around people and could always be counted on for a good joke. He was a lover of good music, good food, gardening, staying active (walking daily), painting, golfing, reading, cars, just about all sports, traveling, Wendover, laughing, and doing things for others. He was always doing things for those around him. And to Be Kind!
Bob was preceded in death and reunited with his parents, Frank and Lola Ramos; his brothers, Johnny Ramos, Emilio Ramos; and sister, Lucy Lozano; daughter, Connie and son-in-law, Gary Abbott, and son-in-law, Carl Clark Sr.
Surviving are his, brother, Denetrio (Bea) Ramos living in Rhode Island; his loving daughters, Chris Ramos of Washington, Kimberley (Keith) Klein of Iowa, Kirby Clark of Tennessee, Robin (John) Klein of New Jersey, and Melanie Dalton of Wyoming; beloved grandchildren, Anthony Ramos, Diandra Hilmo, Carl Clark Jr, Ted Abbott, Amanda Funk, and Alexandra Oxford; as well as cousin, Helen (Adolph) Robles of Texas; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, and adopted family friends, Danny and Jay.
When our Heavenly Father called him home, he was not alone, his best friends were there to hold his hand. He will be greatly missed.
The family expresses their thanks to the George E. Wahlen Veteran’s Home staff and the Bristol Hospice Staff for the loving care they gave.
“VIA CON DIOS our precious Dad.”
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 4050 South 3900 West, West Haven. Friends may visit with family on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Interment, Lindquist's Memorial Park at Layton, 1867 North Fairfield Rd.
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