Heroes of World Missions

We Remember Dr. Ricardo Ramirez Lohaus

We Remember Dr. Ricardo Ramirez Lohaus

February 17, 2022


Psalm 80:19b … I have bestowed strength on a warrior; I have raised up a young man from among the people (NIV).

Father of Third Assistant General Overseer, Dr. David E. Ramirez, Dr. Ricardo Ramirez passed away February 16, 2022, in Chile.

World Missions Director Dr. David Griffis and Assistant Director M. Thomas Propes extend their heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family in their great loss.

Dr. Ramirez served from 1969 until 1970 as overseer of NE Argentina and from 1973 until 1998 as overseer of Chile. Born in 1932 in Rio Negro, Chile, Ricardo was the third child in a family of six children. His earlier religious experience was in the Missionary Christian Alliance Church. However, the Church of God set him on his path of spiritual growth where he pastored in Chile and Argentina, and later became director of the Bible Institute in Chile before serving as an overseer. His early ambition was to have solid representation in all the important cities of Chile, wanting qualified and trained local pastors who would represent the Church of God with dignity. He achieved that goal. Dr. Ramirez received an honorary doctorate from the Seminario Ministerial Sudamericano (SEMISUD) in Quito, Ecuador.

Dr. Ramirez is survived by his wife, Lia Sanz Barrera and six children: Elida, David, Ricardo, Angela, Felipe, and Alicia; 14 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

A private service will be held at 4 pm EST Wednesday, February 16, at the Metropolitan Temple Church in Santiago, Chile, where Dr. Ramirez served as pastor for 30 years.