Clifford D. “Cliff” Ramsey
Clifford D. “Cliff” Ramsey, age 81, of Philip, S.D., died Saturday, January 12, 2013, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Clifford D. Ramsey was born May 13, 1931, in Philip, the son of Claude and Hilda (Sether) Ramsey. He attended Philip High School and as a junior, was part of the undefeated, unscored-upon football team. He graduated from Philip High School in 1950.
Cliff’s dad died when he was 13, so Cliff assisted in running his parents’ ranch at a young age. After high school he remained at the ranch.
Cliff was united in marriage to Rita Urban on July 25, 1951, in Pierre. To this union were born four children, Doug, Bart, Vicki and Gary.
They remained on the ranch all their 61 years of marriage. He loved the family, outdoors, and hunting. He cherished the time he was able to spend with all of them. Cliff still has the state record mule deer.
Cliff was a member of the United Church of Philip, a school board member, and church board member for many years.
Grateful for having shared his life include his wife, Rita, of Philip; three sons, Doug Ramsey and his wife, Phyllis, of Sundance, Wyo., Bart Ramsey and his wife, Marcy, of Philip, and Gary Ramsey and his wife, Amber, of Colstrip, Mont.; one daughter, Vicki Eide and her husband, Marvin, of Philip; nine grandchildren, Brittany (Scott), Michelle (Nick), Krystal, Cara (Brook) Chad (Paulette), Carla, Christa (Trevor), Chelsea (Tyler) and Taylor; 15 great-grandchildren, Jordan, Haley, Ramsey, Peyton, Caden, Wyatt, Charlee, Kiley, Taegan, Brayden, Keagan, Colby, Jensen, Rayler and Aven; one sister, Hazel Thompson of Spearfish; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Urban of Philip; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Cliff was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Chuck Ramsey.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, January 16, at the American Legion Hall in Philip with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.
Music was provided by Sally Jankord, pianist, and Glenn Parsons, vocalist.
Ushers were Norm Payne and Dean Fitzgerald.
A memorial has been established to the Haakon County Prairie Transportation.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome.com