PFC Joel Ramirez, 22, of Waxahachie was killed in action April 16, 2011, in Minroz, Afghanistan. He was born July 12, 1988, in Falls Rivers Mill, Calif., to Feliciano (Chano) Ramirez and Irma Ramirez.

Joel is survived by his parents, Chano and Irma Ramirez; sisters, Christian Ramirez and Maria Ramirez; and brother, Daniel Ramirez, all from Waxahachie; 2-year-old daughter, Kaylee Marie Ramirez of Plano; paternal grandmother, Maria Ramirez of Mexico; various aunts, uncles and cousins. Joel was preceded in death by older sister, Alejandra Ramirez; paternal grandfather, Joel Ramirez; and maternal grandparents, Raquel Alvarez, and Trinidad Alvarez.

Joel was a 2007 Waxahachie High School graduate, where he played varsity soccer. He will be forever remembered as a loving son, brother and father. Joel proudly served his country as an infantryman in the 10th Infantry Division (Mountain), U.S. Army. Joel had been deployed to Afghanistan for one month at the time of his death.

The family wishes to convey their heartfelt thanks to the Waxahachie community for all their love and support.

Services to celebrate his life with full military honors will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 1, 2011, at the Waxahachie Civic Center, 1950 N. IH-35E. Interment will be held in Tecomatlan, Jalisco, Mexico.

A memorial fund has been established in his honor at Wells Fargo Bank. Donations may be made to the “Joel Ramirez Memorial Fund.”