Darrell Ramos was a friendly person who always helped others, said his wife, Dianna Ramos.
Her husband loved the children at Sauk Village Bible Church, which they attended together.
“He would say we don’t need gifts, give the gifts to the kids,” Dianna Ramos said.
Faith was important to Ramos, who was raised Catholic, before joining his wife’s church.
“The majority of the people at the funeral home were from our church,” she said. “We were blessed with a beautiful church family. Darrell liked the diversity really well.”
When the couple met, Ramos, 56, of Sauk Village, Ill., worked at a Hammond smoke shop. His next job was driving for Professional Transportation Inc., working days transporting train crews from the yards in Chicago all over the Midwest. He worked there until he was injured in an accident and went on disability.
The couple met on a blind date through one of Dianna Ramos' co-workers, whose daughter worked with Ramos at the smoke shop. Ramos called her at the hospital where she was the switchboard operator, asking her to go for coffee.
Dianna Ramos said her husband had a good sense of humor and didn’t mind being the object of practical jokes. During football season, he watched all the Chicago Bears and Notre Dame games, she said.
Loving, caring, thoughtful and considerate, Ramos worried about two people: Dianna Ramos and his mother.
On their first wedding anniversary, he surprised her with roses, a card and a steak dinner. Knowing his wife liked teddy bears, he bought her all four Coca-Cola bears and a balloon for Valentine's Day.
Dianna Ramos said she will miss her husband’s teasing, calling her “babe” and telling her every day that he loved her.