Ramon Perez Chavez, was 75 living in Schaumburg, IL when he died unexpectantly on Saturday, October 31, 2020 after battling with Covid-19 over a week at Alexian Brothers Hospital, Room 1129.Ramon was born in Gutierrez Zamora, Veracruz, Mexico on September 25, 1945 to Arturo Perez and Flora Chavez and siblings are Angel, Arturo and Socorro.
Ramon was one of a kind. An amazing husband, father, son, brother and friend. One of the remaining true gentlemen! His passion for life was contagious and he made an impression on everyone who crossed his path. Whether it was his smile, clever comments, piercing eyes, or sometimes uncensored honesty that left people not
knowing what to say everyone felt the good energy and happiness he transmitted.
He lived a hard life, had a challenging childhood in which he had to leave home very early. He studied hard,persevered in conditions in which not many people would. He beat the challenges and got his degree as an Electrical Engineer. His first job, working for Sears, would be his last, he worked there for over 30 years. His job took him to Spain in 1970 where he met “Una guapisima Española, de quien me enamore perdidamente”! They were married after just a few months of dating and they lived happily ever after for 50 years and a half and had
5 children and 3 grandchildren.
He worked harder than most when he moved to the United States having to prove himself to his employer, learn English, consistently traveling and leaving his family for weeks at a time to establish himself and to be able to provide for the family he knew he wanted one day. He wanted his kids to grow up in different conditions from himself and to give all the opportunities that he him-self had to fight for. He was workaholic who was lucky enough to love his job! Ramon gave his family everything, they never wanted for anything. One of the last things he told his wife was
“Everything I did, I did it for you!”. Ramon always put his family before himself.
Ramon ended up living the “American Dream” and he loved the United States so much that our cousin once proclaimed that he was “more American than Abraham Lincoln”. Yet he missed Mexico and spoke of his childhood every chance he could. Remembering his beloved small town of Gutierrez Zamora. Ramon had many amazing qualities; fighter, hard-worker, self-confident, selfless, kind, understanding, determined, strong willed, loving, loyal, smart, patient and the list goes on. His patience was emphasized when something
unfortunate or unlucky happened and he would say, “Ni modo, que se puede hacer?” We can’t speak about Ramon without talking about his love of food. Ramon once wrote that “eating” was his favorite sport and “food” was his favorite hobby. Whenever he dined out and receive his dish he would exclaim with such delight “WOW! Look at that eh!” and then felt the need to publicly appreciate almost every bite, and made sure everyone saw, “Mira mimi, mmmmmm…..que rico!” as he took a plentiful bite. On the other hand, his disappointment
was also evident when he made the wrong choice in dish, particularly shrimp-based dished he felt were lacking in shrimp, “No estuvo bueno, solo cinco pinches camarones”.
Ramon was a fighter who beat all odds; beat cancer twice, fought Septicemia and won, and was currently battling CMML. He had chronic nerve damage that hurt every single day, every hour of the day for the past 15 years and yet still had a smile on his face. He wanted to live and beat the number of years CMML was giving him…. “just 5 more years”! Now Ramon is resting, without pain, which is all he ever deserved. Ramon walked with his hands behind his back, following his family at his slow pace where ever they decided to go, he will now walk them through life and guide them through the challenges.
Ramon is survived by: his wife, Dolores; his children, Maria, Ramon, Macarena, Jordi and Miriam; his grandchildren, Isabella and Xavier; his siblings, Angel, Socorro and Arturo.
Private services will be held. For information please contact the family.