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Robert Ramsey

Robert Eugene Ramsey

October 2nd, 1932 - May 1st, 2023

Robert's Obituary

Robert E. Ramsey left this world for his heavenly home on May 1, 2023 at Franciscan Health of Michigan City, Indiana, surrounded by his family.
He was age 90.

Robert was born October 2nd, 1932 in Vienna,
Johnson County, Illinois, to the late
Orval Lee Ramsey and Margaret E. Ramsey-Butler
(née Thomas)

Robert was very grateful to have been raised by his late step-father Fred Butler.

Robert was joined in Marriage on April 27, 1953 to
Barbara Jane Ritchie in Michigan City, Indiana.

He was drafted into the US Army at age eighteen, completing basic training in Camp Chafee Arkansas and then, Camp Carson Colorado.
He served the US Army in the 3rd Armored Division.

While in the service, he took up boxing in the golden gloves, received training in movie projection, and supervised the battery armor.

Upon returning from service, he graduated, Tool & Die Engineering at Allied Institute in Chicago, residing in Lincoln Park, Illinois.

He was later employed as a Supervisor for Tonn & Blank Construction Inc.
He was a proud member of the Sheet Metal Union. He retired in 1995, receiving an acknowledgment of 33 years.

Robert is preceded in death by his wife of 54 years: Barbara J. Ramsey
(née Ritchie)
parents: Orval L. Ramsey Sr. Margaret Butler, Step-father Fred Butler.
A brother Donald
Sisters: Annabelle Butler, Emmeline (Butler) Woodard of Michigan City, Indiana.
A son Michael L. Ramsey &
a Daughter Linda K. Ramsey both passed in early infancy.

Robert is survived by his sister Joyce (Butler) Putz of Michigan City, Indiana.

Robert is survived by six children:
Robert G. Ramsey New Buffalo, MI
Jeffery A. Ramsey New Buffalo, MI
Timothy S. (Tena) Ramsey New Buffalo, MI
Gail L. (Victor) Prietto Three Oaks, MI
James E. Ramsey New Buffalo, MI
Susan R. Ramsey
Michigan City

16 grandchildren:
Aaron Ramsey
Jennifer Ramsey
Kim Stark Pope
Amanda Ramsey
Nathan Ramsey
Jessica Ramsey
April (Kyle)Riordan
Joshua Ramsey
Katie Kriner
Sarah (Allen) Northern
Jason (Jessica) Ramsey
Rachel (Wesley) Moguel
Brittany(Ricardo) Vela
Elizabeth Ramsey
Craig Ramsey
Hannah Larner

19 great-grandchildren
Dalton Kubiak
Kelsey Sullivan
Summer Stark
Brenden Stark
Ava Jackson
Ethan Ramsey
Landon Andrews
Bentley Kline
Kade Riordan
Destiny Ramsey
Madeline Ramsey
Elexis Ludington
Elise Northern
Enzo Northern
Wallace Moguel
Everett Vela
Gage Helms
Westen Helms
Jackson Helms

2 great-great grandchildren.
Leighton Sullivan
Luke Stark Briseno

Special grandchildren:
Christina Vaughan
& Joey Nolan

A half-brother Orval Ramsey Jr.
(Georgene) resides in La Grange, Illinois

A grandson Mathew Ramsey passed in 2017
A great-grandson Jason Ramsey Jr. passed in 2011

Robert had many hobbies. He enjoyed the great outdoors, which included a love of fishing Lake Michigan and several area rivers.

He also trained several hunting dogs.

He was skilled at making fly-fishing rods and was a fan of professional boxing.

In his younger years he worked as a mechanic, rebuilt car engines, and was known for his hot rods in the early 1950’s.

In his later years, he spent many hours gardening, landscaping, and doing home projects.

As a neighbor, he could be counted on to lend a helping hand to his family, neighbors and friends in the community.

Robert was friendly to everyone he met.
Having enjoyed many good years with his buddies who were also close childhood friends.

A great story teller.
A dedicated father and grandfather.
He showed,
in many unselfish ways, His love, care, and concern for family.

Robert believed in and confessed Jesus Christ as His Lord and Savior.
He is dearly loved, and will be greatly missed by us all.

A celebration of life is planned for May 6th at the American Legion New Buffalo.

A private family graveside service will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery, on a later date.

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