Tuesday, December 26, 2023
2:00 PM EST
St. Joseph Catholic Church
936 Lake Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Life Story / Obituary
Honest, generous, and kind, Ramon Requenes lived a life rich in faith and family. A man who led with his heart, Ramon was friendly to everyone and devoted himself to serving others. He never hesitated to help others, regardless of life's challenges. Honest and hardworking, Ramon led by example, showing others how to work for their dreams and use their lives to make the world a better place. A devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, Ramon will long be remembered and so dearly missed.
For those living in Mexico City, the 1940s proved a time of massive expansion and growth. Not only did the City of Palaces become the political and economic capital of Mexico, but it also became the world's largest supercity. The rapid expansion of the city reflected the widening of the manufacturing sector, the success of the oil industry, and the country's proximity to U.S. markets. It was during this exciting time that Eduardo and Esperanza Requenes welcomed their oldest child, Ramon, on September 28, 1948.
Growing up in Mexico City and Salinas de Hidalgo San Luis Potosi, Ramon enjoyed the companionship of his sisters, Martha and Beatriz, and his brother Aldo. Daily life was firmly rooted in the values of faith, hard work, and family. Ramon loved to play soccer as a kid and was raised in the Roman Catholic Church.
From a young age, Ramon worked as a migrant worker, traveling back and forth from Mexico. Over his life, he also worked a variety of other jobs to support his family. After his children grew into adulthood and relocated to Southwest Michigan, Ramon settled in the area to be near his family.
A protective father, Ramon was unwavering in his commitment to providing for his family. He spent most of his time working and teaching his kids how to earn what they wanted. When the family was young and money was tight, Ramon worked tirelessly, and no matter what, he made sure that there were Christmas presents for the kids. Though he had little time to socialize, his children fondly recall playing soccer with him. He was well known for telling them as they played, "The ball may get by me, but the other player will not!" With his team known as the “Ultimo Suspiro”
Never to arrive with empty hands, Ramon was very giving. Even in the face of significant health issues, including a stroke at 55, Ramon led with his heart and gave what he could. He enjoyed Mexican and Chinese foods as well as desserts and participating in church. Having had several health challenges over the years, as his health required more support, he became a resident at the Timbers of Cass County, where he received special care.
An inspiration to all who were blessed to know him, Ramon proved a powerful role model. He embodied the principles he believed in, loving fully, giving completely, and wholly devoting himself to the family he so dearly loved. This is the beautiful legacy Ramon's family and friends will proudly carry forward in celebration of Ramon's wholehearted life.
Preceded in death by his wife, Maria Ines (2020), Ramon's legacy of love and generosity live on in his children: Martha Rockafellow, Hector, Hugo, and Aldo (Haide) Requenes; grandchildren: Monserrat , Mercedes,Antonio, Melany, Aldo Jose, Jade, Natalia, Rebeca, Joanna, Jewelianna, and Mia; great- grandchildren: Alexa, Valeria, Siah, Jordan, Xavier, and Julissa; siblings: Martha (Gonzalo) Villegas, Beatriz Requenes, and Aldo (Juana) Pineda.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 pm on December 26, 2023, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 936 Lake Street. Cremation will take place after the services, and Ramon will be buried in Mexico next to his wife. Visit Ramon's webpage at BetzlerLifeStory.com to archive favorite memories, photos, and sign his guestbook. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity charity of your choice. Betzler Life Story Funeral Homes, 6080 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo (269) 375-2900.