A private burial for James Ray Ramsey, 78, Pomona, Missouri, was held at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. A memorial service will be announced at a later date.
James Ramsey, God’s servant and Army veteran, died Monday, November 6th, 2023 at Ozarks Healthcare, West Plains, Missouri while surrounded by his loving family. He was a servant at heart. His mantra was service to God, service to country, service to family, and service to others.
James was born on September 13, 1945, in West Plains, Missouri to parents Ray and Bertha Ramsey. He graduated high school from Willow Springs in 1964 and joined the Army in 1966. He met the love of his life, Jeanne Ramsey (Colbert), in 1969 and they married in 1972. They stayed together until his recent death, having been married for 51 years. James was a decorated soldier who served 40 years combined in the U.S. Army and Missouri National Guard. He served a year in Vietnam and retired in 2005 with the rank of Master Sergeant. During his time in the National Guard, James worked as a Technician at OMS 11 for 27 years.
Following his retirement, he was a member of the Post 23 American Legion in West Plains for 15 years and held the position of Adjutant. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Willow Springs where he served as a deacon for 35 years. His hobbies included genealogy and fixing antique Farmall tractors.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Fay Ramsey, of the family home; two children, Julieanna Ramsey Kohls, Pomona, Missouri, and Joshua R. Ramsey, Columbia, Missouri; four grandchildren, Taylor Kohls, Zachary Kohls, Eli Ramsey and Grace Ramsey; one brother, Roy John Ramsey, Branson, Missouri and his nieces and nephews, Ginny and Jason Young, John Ramsey, Joseph and Angela Ramsey and Leah and Ben Brewer.
His parents preceded him in death.
Memorial contributions may be made to Post 23 American Legion, and may be left at or mailed to Robertson-Drago Funeral Home, 211 W. Main St., West Plains, MO 65775.