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Daniel August Ramos February 1, 1931 - April 17, 2020

February 1, 1931 – April 17, 2020

A Memorial Mass has been scheduled for 6:00pm on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 8471 Cypress St, Hilmar.

Dan was born on Feb.1, 1931 in Hilmar, CA to Joaquin and Albertina Ramos.

Dan lived in Hilmar where he worked on the family dairy alongside his parents and siblings.  He attended Hilmar schools and graduated from Hilmar High in 1950. He met his sweetheart Bernice from San Leandro when he was 15 years old. They were married in 1953 and they just celebrated their 66th Anniversary. He had two daughters, Kathy & Debbie, who were his pride & joy.

He operated his own dairy business until he decided to attend Barber College in 1960 and became a licensed barber. He bought and opened his own barber shop in Hilmar in 1961 where he was a barber for 30 years.  Due to a heart condition he was forced to retire. The legacy of Ramos Barber Shop still continues today.

Dan was very active in the Hilmar community and often referred to as the “unofficial” mayor. He was President of the Hilmar Chamber of Commerce and President & Director of Hilmar Y.M.I. He was honored as Hilmar’s Citizen of the Year and awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Hilmar Chamber of Commerce. Merced County awarded him Volunteer of the Year as well as honoring him with the addition of “Dan Ramos Center” to the Hilmar Community Hall name. Dan was also Chairman of the Board for the Livingston Medical Clinic for two years and served six years as a member of the board helping families with medical assistance.  He was recognized by the Stevinson Pentecost Association for 50 years of service.

After 9-11 he had an idea & undertook a large project of organizing the flying of 168 American flags down Hilmar’s main street (Lander Ave) every national holiday.

Dan is survived by his loving wife Bernice; daughter Kathy Diniz of Patterson, and daughter Debbie King and husband Mike of Turlock; grandchildren Joey Diniz and wife Jennifer, Whitney Arriola and husband Lenny, Tyler King and Danielle King; great grandchildren Garrett Diniz, Carson Arriola and Cadence Pavlick; sisters Adeline Nelson of Turlock and Alice Rose of Downey; and brothers David Ramos of Hilmar and John Ramos of Modesto. Dan is also survived by many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Dan was preceded in death by his loving parents Joaquin and Albertina Ramos, sister Belarmina Nunes, and son-in-law Joe Diniz, Jr.

Remembrances may be made to Y.M.I Scholarship Fund, PO Box 591, Hilmar, CA  95324 or Holy Rosary Building Fund, PO Box 429, Hilmar, CA  95324.

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  1. Sister Christina Doona, Sacred Heart Convent, Blarkrock, Cork T12 W400 says

    My sympathy and prayers to you Bernie and family on the sad news of Dan’s passing RIP. I know you will miss him greatly. Dan is now in his heavenly home with Jesus the reward he deserves and is praying for you. May you Dan enjoy seeing the Face of Jesus.

    Prayers & love

  2. Cindy (Chambers) Hutsell says

    My heart felt sympathy to Dan’s family. I will always remember him cutting hair in his barber shop while waiting for Adeline to cut my mom’s hair. He was part of my childhood and I won’t be able to drive through Hilmar without thinking of him.

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