Jose “Ricardo” Ornelas passed away in his sleep on Sept. 1, 2016, in Bakersfield, at the age of 59. He was born in Woodland on July 30, 1957 to Isidro and Francis Ornelas. He attended Winters schools, graduated from Winters High School in 1975, and attended UC Davis, majoring in engineering.
Ricardo enjoyed spending time with family and had a passion for drawing and playing his guitar.
He is survived by his mother, Francis “Pachita” Ornelas; brothers Isidro Jr. and Jaime (Ting); sisters Elva (Jose) Sais, Yolanda (Octavio) Almanza, Rosie Ornelas-Rodarte (Hector); numerous nephews and nieces. He will truly be missed by his family and numerous caregivers he has had along the way.
He was preceded in death by his father, Isidro A. Ornelas.
A Rosary is planned for Thursday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Winters, and a Mass on Friday, Oct. 28, at 1 p.m. Ricardo’s cremains will be interred at a later date at the family plot in the Winters Cemetery.