Ramon De La Ossa, of Lochiel passed away on December 25, 2020 after battling with COVID-19.

Ramon was born in Nogales, Arizona on August 27, 1946, to Rosamel and Mercedes De La Ossa. He was the youngest of twelve children and was raised on the cattle ranch his grandparents homesteaded in Lochiel in the late 1880s.

In 1964, Ramon graduated from Patagonia Union High School and soon enlisted in the U.S. Navy during the height of the Vietnam War. He proudly served as a Gunner’s Mate 3rd Class Petty Officer during two tours in Vung Tau, Vietnam, where he maintained the 16-inch guns on Navy battleships and embarked on details on mine-sweeping vessels in Viet Cong waters.

After his service in the Navy concluded, Ramon returned to Arizona and began working in the copper mines near Tucson. In 1969, he met the love of his life, Amy. They married the next year and focused on laying the groundwork to raise a family. 

In 1983, Ramon moved his family to the cattle ranch in Lochiel. Although Ramon’s travels in the Navy took him all over the world, he never found a place that captured his heart like Lochiel. The cowboy way of life permeated Ramon’s soul and Lochiel was the perfect place for him to live out his love for life in the country.

Ramon left Lochiel in 2002 and moved to Tucson where he attended barber school. After completing his coursework, Ramon worked as a barber at the Out West Barber Shop in Tucson. 

As soon as he hit retirement age, Ramon moved back to Lochiel where he could enjoy his morning cup of coffee and stare out his kitchen windows as the mountains cast shadows across the San Rafael Valley.

Ramon was a skilled barber and a tough cowboy, but his talents in those areas paled in comparison to the way he naturally and unconditionally loved his family. 

He was a devoted husband to his wife and life partner, Amy, with whom he celebrated 50 years of marriage this past August. He was a loving father to his three children, Ramon Jr., Joshua, and Laura. 

The most sacred corner of Ramon’s heart, however, was reserved for his eight grandchildren: Clarissa, Aliyah, Ramon III, Nicole, Dominic, Maya, Noah and Andrew. All the kids loved their Tata and he loved them.

Ramon was loved by everyone that knew him and he will be missed greatly. Over many years, he invited friends and family to parties and roundups at the ranch in Lochiel. Many friendships were fostered, and many memories made, on the back porch of his home and in the corral during brandings. Indeed, many friends who visited the ranch became family in Ramon’s heart. If you listen closely, you can probably still hear the good times, the laughter, and the music shared at the ranch.

Ramon leaves behind his wife Amy, his sons Ramon (Sacha) and Joshua (Alisa) De La Ossa and daughter Laura (Alex) Kalnaus; eight grandchildren, and many immediate and extended family members whom he loved dearly.

It has been said that as long as we remember a person, they’re not really gone. Their thoughts, their feelings, their memories, they become a part of us. If that holds true, our cowboy, Ramon, will be around for generations to come.