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John William Ramey

John William Ramey, of Estes Park, Colorado, died Friday, April 11, 2008 at Longmont United Hospital. He was 86 years old.

Born December 31, 1921 in Longmont, Colorado, John was the only child of Ollie Johnson Ramey and Emma Bertha (Moody) Ramey. “Johnny Bill,” as family and friends knew him, grew up in Lyons, Colorado where he graduated from Lyons High School in 1939. He served in the United States Navy during WWII.

After the war, John returned to Colorado and worked in the Lyons and Estes Park areas. He was proud of his work on the heavy machinery that helped build Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park. He later joined his family’s real estate business, The Bond Agency. On December 19, 1953, John married Dora Bergmann in Estes Park.  The couple made their home in Estes Park where he worked as an agent and broker until his retirement in 1981.

Always active in the community, John was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, was a Rotarian, served on the Estes Park Town Board, was a former Chief of the Estes Park Fire Department, as well as a member of the Loyal Order of Moose; and a life member of the Estes Park American Legion Post 119 and the Longmont VFW Post 2601. He enjoyed square dancing with the Rocky Tops and the Red Rock Ramblers square dance clubs, and had a keen interest in both photography and mining. He was a key player in the preservation of MacGregor Ranch and was fundamentally involved in the F.O. Stanley Museum.

He was preceded in death by his former wife, Dora Ramey in July 1994, and by his parents, O.J. and Bertha Ramey.

He is survived by his dear companion, Celeste Pfannenstiel of Longmont; a son, Ralph Ramey of Bethel, Alaska and his significant other, Yuphadee Tharajarawat of Thailand; three daughters, Carol (Greg) Thomas of Big Lake, Alaska, Leann (Eric) Collins of Piqua, Ohio, and Linda Ramey and Eddie Albrecht of Ovid, Colorado; eleven grandchildren, and thirteen great-grandchildren. He is further survived by Celeste’s family including her five children, three grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at Howe Mortuary, Longmont. Funeral services were then held at Calvary Church, 2101 Gay St., Longmont, on Thursday, April 17. Casual attire is requested. Interment with military honors will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 18 at Foothills Gardens of Memory, Longmont.
Memorial donations may be made to the Estes Park Fire Department, P.O. Box 1200, Estes Park, CO 80517 or the American Legion, Post 119, 850 N. Saint Vrain Ave., Estes Park, CO  80517.

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