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Obituary for Ruben John ‘Cheese’ Ramos Jr.

October 29, 1981 – July 3, 2023

Ruben John “Cheese” Ramos Jr., 41, of Racine, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 3, 2023, in Apatzingan, Michoacan, Mexico. On this day many lost a friend, a compadre, an associate, a barber, a brother, cousin, nephew, uncle, padrino, a father…above all a true legend!

Ruben John “Cheese” Ramos Jr.
Ruben John “Cheese” Ramos Jr.

He was born on Oct. 29, 1981, in Racine, Wis., the son of Ruben Ramos Sr. and Shelley Ramos.

Ruben leaves behind a legacy of respect, honor, generosity, compassion and protection for all who crossed his path. His relentless energy, contagious spirit and “smile of gold” touched everyone he encountered. To have known Ruben is to have been a victim of his stomach-aching roasting and hilarious wit. Not a single person was ever left out. He made sure to crack a joke even at the most serious of times.

His relentless work ethic was unmatched. His excellence in customer service and determination to stay ahead of the game pushed him to always strive for higher limits.

Ruben was a man of business, a man of his word and a man of respect. After developing a passion and skill for his many crafts, in 2012 he opened up Studio 262 Barbershop in Racine, where he worked alongside his friends, while making new ones along the way. A few years later, in 2016, he created his brand, FadeMob; designing a clothing line and creating personalized accessories for stylists and barbers around the country. This entrepreneurship created greater opportunities, ultimately becoming a personal barber for a few players of the Marquette University Basketball team.

In 2022, he opened up his clothing store, A La Moda in Michoacan Mexico. His store was his newest pride and joy. His late father, Ruben Sr., was even more proud of him watching him build the store from nothing and establishing one of the trendiest of stores in town. His hard work and perseverance will not go forgotten.

Ruben will be deeply missed by his sisters, Sonia Ramos and Rubicelia Ramos (Anselmo Mendez); children, Elissa, Ruben III, Janessa, Reyna, and Analisa; nieces, Jovana, Marisol, Ruby, Yesenia and Lisette; nephews, Adrian, Miguel and Felix; grandchildren, Ameri and Arielle; great-nieces and nephews, many godchildren, compadres, cousins, relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, Ruben Sr. and Shelley Ramos; and niece, AnaMaria.


A celebration of Ruben’s life will be held on Sunday, July 23, 2023, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home.

Obituary and photo courtesy of Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home.

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