Celestino Pascua Ramirez
Born on June 8, 1932 in the Philippines. Passed away on August 22, 2023 in Elk Grove, CA. Beloved husband of Felisa Villena-Ramirez of Elk Grove, CA. Loving father of Cecil Ramirez and his wife (Karen) of Orangevale, CA, Mike Ramirez and wife (Brenda) of Elk Grove, CA and Randy Ramirez of Sacramento, CA. His friends and colleagues called him "CP", "Cel" or "Celes." Cel started his journey in life from Tay-ac, Bantay, Ilocos Sur, Philippines where he was born, and where he completed his primary and secondary education. He attended college in Manila, Philippines for four years before joining the U. S. Navy in 1956. He started his military career in the healthcare field as a navy dental administrative specialist. He has served on numerous navy dental health care facilities as Dental Administrative Assistant, Clinic Supervisor, Chief of Administrative Services and Training Supervisor. He was assigned to several naval stations in the continental United States and overseas. He was a Vietnam War veteran. He has served in the U. S. Navy for twenty-four years. He was awarded six Good Conduct Medals, a National Defense Medal and a Vietnam Service Medal. He became a U. S. citizen in 1971. He retired from the U. S. Navy in 1980 with a rank of Chief Petty Officer. He continued to pursue his college education by attending college classes during his off-duty hours while he was still in the U. S. Navy. He earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in 1981, and Master's Degrees in Business Administration and Public Administration in 1983 from National University. He became a lifetime member of the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor College Fraternity and National University Alumni Association. He started his second career in the public sector after retiring from the U. S. Navy. He worked as a Revenue Officer for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for five years and as Commercial Loan Specialist for the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for five years. He then switched to the private sector for his third and final career. He went to work as a Liquidation Officer and Credit Service Officer for The Money Store Investment Corp. for five years. In 1995, after three successful careers, he went on full retirement and spent the remainder of his life with his family. Cel lived a very fulfilling life full of memorable experiences, challenging and rewarding careers, honorable service to his country, academic achievements, financial stability, and adventures. He was blessed with a loving and supportive family.