Joseph Francis Ramirez died May 7. He was 55.

Mr. Ramirez was born Jan. 22, 1958, in Klamath Falls, to Glenn and Carolyn Ramirez. He graduated from Sacred Heart High School and served in the Navy, stationed in Texas, Guam, Spain, Puerto Rico, and California. He married Tamara Allred-Ramirez in 1980. After his military service, they returned to Klamath Falls, where he earned a civil engineering degree at Oregon Institute of Technology. He worked for Multnomah County, the city of Eugene, and was employed as a traffic engineer for the State of Nevada's Department of Transportation.

He was preceded in death by his father, Glenn Ramirez; and sister, Anne Marie Menard. He is survived by his wife Tamara; children Luceile Colvill (Cory), Benjamin (Josephine), Gabriel (Desiree), Amelia and Jesse; and five grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 15, at St. Peter Church in Eugene, with a reception to follow.