January 7, 1933 - December 9, 2018
Dear LULAC Brothers and Sisters,
This is to inform you of the passing on Sunday, December 9, 2018 in El Paso, Texas of a valued and dear friend of LULAC, Ramiro Robles, husband of Belen Robles, our former National President.
Ramiro was 85-years old. He and Belen enjoyed 64-years of marriage and were life-long residents of El Paso. Today, she shared this remembrance of her husband:
“Ramiro loved LULAC and served in various capacities within Council 132. Also, he served two terms as National Vice-President of the Southwest. He felt very strongly about encouraging Latino youth to participate in scouting and was also an advocate in ensuring financial support for students who could not afford higher education.
As a couple, we both believed that marriage is a shared commitment to support one another in the endeavors we each undertook. He supported my work in LULAC and I supported him as a sports enthusiast, a NY Yankees and Dallas Cowboys fan. The only thing we were fiercely independent about was voting. For Ramiro and myself, our greatest shared legacy is the knowledge that we raised our family to be close. I am happy to say that all our children value family unity and that is all we could ask.
On behalf of Ramiro and the Robles Family, thank you to the members of LULAC for their condolences.”
In the modern history of LULAC, Ramiro and Belen are admired and appreciated for their inseparable presence at our National Conventions beginning at the 1994 convention held in El Paso, Texas where Belen was first elected National President. This marked an historic milestone in our organization. She was re-elected at the 1995 convention held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at the 1996 convention held in Boston, Massachusetts and at the 1997 convention held in Anaheim, California.
Funeral arrangements are pending and we ask that you keep President Robles and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
Ramiro (Vila) Robles, a life-long resident of El Paso, Texas passed away peacefully at the Ambrosio Guillen Veteran's Home on December 9, 2018. A proud Bowie High School Bear, he served his country as a member of the U.S Air Force during the Korean Conflict. Ramiro is survived by his wife of 64 years, Belen Borrego Robles, daughter, Mary Helen LoPresti (Anthony),Moore, OK, sons Carlos Francisco (Esperanza), San Diego, CA, Ramiro, Jr. (Patricia), Wake Forest, NC. 7 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, sister, Bertha R. Sifuentes, a large extended family of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jose L. Robles and Dolores Gonzalez Robles, three brother, Carlos, KIA in Korea, Jose, and Eduardo. Ramiro was a very generous man with strong family values who treasured every moment he could be engaged with his family, in a get together or via telephone on a long standing Sunday tradition. A people person, Ramiro had diverse interest. A sportsman at heart and long-time Yankee and Dallas Cowboy fan. After retirement as a civilian employee in the Transportation Department, Ft. Bliss, TX, he became an avid golfer who took advantage of his extensive travel throughout the United States and Puerto Rico to play with distinguished golfers at some of the best golf courses. A member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) since 1960, he served as National Vice President for the Southwest for two terms and was active at the local level in Council 132 and 298 with educational and youth programs.
Visitation will be Thursday, December 13, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.at Martin Funeral Home Central 3839 Montana, with vigil at 7:00 p.m. Funeral mass, December 14th at 8:15 a.m. St. Patrick Catholic Church followed by burial at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery.
Published in El Paso Times from Dec. 12 to Dec. 13, 2018