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Harry David Ramaley


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Ramaley, Harry David
was born on August 28, 1927 in St. Paul, MN to Edward and Lillian (Hawkins) Ramaley. He graduated from Humboldt High School in St. Paul, MN in 1945, and served in the United States Navy. Harry returned to St. Paul and attended Mills College of Art and was offered a job at The Golden Rule Department Store, creating their advertising. Harry married his High School sweetheart Donna Lou Lilledahl in June of 1949. They lived for two years in Sioux City, Iowa and then moved to Duluth. The couple was blessed with two sons, David and Jeff. Harry did community work with the Jaycees and later the Kiwanis Club in Duluth. Harry worked as an Executive and Vice President at Davidson Printing Company, which later became Harcourt Brace Publishing from 1952 to 1990 when he retired. In retirement, after trips to the Phoenix area, Harry and Donna decided to move to Sun City West, AZ. They bought land and contracted to have a home built. But before they could move into their new home, Donna passed away on April 12, 1994. Harry was briefly married to Dorothy Dwyer (also of Duluth) before she passed away suddenly of cancer. Harry married Lois (McGregor) Gallagher on July 4, 1998 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria, Minnesota. Like many "Snowbirds", the couple lived in Alexandria and wintered in Sun City West, AZ. Harry was a very passionate golfer and was very proud of the days in his seventies and eighties; he could "shoot his age". He was also very artistic and loved to draw and paint cartoons for his family and his golfing buddies. Harry helped pass this love of art to his sons who both have a great interest in art, and now this appreciation is also being passed down to the grandchildren. Harry passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at his home in Alexandria at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife, Lois Ramaley of Alexandria; sons, David (Nancy) Ramaley of Oakley, UT, and Jeff Ramaley of Duluth, MN; grandchildren, Austin and Krista Ramaley of Salt Lake City, UT; brother, Gene (Mary) Ramaley of Garrison, MN; Lois's children, Pam (Tim) Hunt of Alexandria, Mac Peek and David (Susan) Peek both of Baton Rouge, LA; 6 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews and his beloved dog, Toby. Harry is preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Lillian; first wife, Donna Lou; brother, John Ramaley and sister, Grace Church. A memorial service will be held on Friday, July 15, 2016 at 11am, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Alexandria with Reverend Alicia Hilding officiating. Inurnment will be at Park Hill Cemetery in Duluth, MN. Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. www.andersonfuneral.net
Published in The Arizona Republic on July 15, 2016
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