Ramon A. Chavez, 86, of Geneseo, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at Doctor’s Hospital - Renaissance, Edinburg, Texas, while wintering there. A funeral Mass celebrating his life was held Saturday, March 6, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Atkinson. The Rev. Michael Monclova officiated. Burial was in North Cemetery, Geneseo, where military honors were conducted by Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. Visitation was held Friday, March 5, at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo, where a Rosary was recited. Memorials may be made to the Ramon Chavez Memorial Fund.


Ramon A. Chavez, 86, of Geneseo, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 2010, at Doctor’s Hospital - Renaissance, Edinburg, Texas, while wintering there. A funeral Mass celebrating his life was held Saturday, March 6, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Atkinson. The Rev. Michael Monclova officiated. Burial was in North Cemetery, Geneseo, where military honors were conducted by Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083. Visitation was held Friday, March 5, at Vandemore Funeral Home, Geneseo, where a Rosary was recited. Memorials may be made to the Ramon Chavez Memorial Fund.

He was born Oct. 11, 1923, in Santa Ana, Calif., the son of Ramon and Lola (Anaya) Chavez. At age 16, he spent a year in CCC (Civil Conservation Corp) in Los Cruces, N.M. Before entering the military service he worked in the shipyard in San Francisco, Calif. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army Second Infantry Division during World War II. He was a POW of the Germans, captured in the Battle of the Bulge and liberated by General Patton’s troops. He later served in the Korean War in the 7th Infantry Division from 1950-1951. He married Loretta P. Plasschaert Oct. 12, 1946, in Bernillio, N.M. He had been employed in the maintenance department at John Deere Parts Depot, Milan, for 40 years from which he retired. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Don Cherry VFW Post No. 5083, American Legion, American Ex POW, Disabled American Veterans, and 2nd Infantry Division. He had served as past commander in the 8th District VFW. He was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, and enjoyed going to auctions, and was an avid collector.?He loved attending his family’s events. He and his wife enjoyed the 24 years they spent wintering in Texas.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Loretta; two daughters and spouses, Linda and Roger Mapes of Cambridge and Toni and Barry Hunter of Silvis; a son and spouse, Michael and Margaret Chavez of Geneseo; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one stepgrandchild; two stepgreat-grandchildren, and three sisters, Amelia Garcia of Albuquerque, N.M., Dolores Garcia of Albuquerque, and Rica Best of Bend, Ore. He was preceded in death by his parents.