Howard Ramstad was born in San Diego, California, on February 22, 1944. He passed away unexpectedly November 17, 2013.|
Howard grew up in San Diego with a love for music, horses, and wildlife in the canyons of San Diego County. He played drums in the bands, "Fat Albert," the "Mystics," and with other various renowned musicians. During that time, he started his horse transportation business; traveling, driving, moving, and caring for those magnificent animals. He had a special love and way with animals that was on full display to his friends when he nurtured a drowned ground squirrel back to life over a two day period. His superstar was his beloved canine companion, Char, by his side and always along for the ride.
In the 70's, he moved to Santa Barbara and spent many years making friends and hanging out with his buddy Joele, who later became the Godfather to his son, Cole. He stayed involved in the horse business and later owned a video store in Summerland. He was always ready with a smile, a joke, and time for conversation. He knew how to have and bring the fun.
In later years, he moved back to San Diego and started driving once again. He was involved with an Airport Shuttle Service, getting people to and from their destination with that same engaging personality. Customers could not wait to get in his van to hear the latest Howard joke!
His free spirit, sense of humor, and kind and outgoing nature will be missed by many friends, family, and loved ones. His enthusiasm and love of life inspired everyone around him. It could only be matched by his uncanny ability to remember and tell a joke that had everyone laughing hysterically!
The family and Howard are especially grateful for all the care and love his daughter, Dana, his son, David, and his friend, Greg Parker, provided him in his final days. We all miss and love him.
He is preceded in death by his parents, John and Mildred Ramstad, and brother, Roger Ramstad. He is survived by his long time partner, Ryn; Barbara, the mother of his children David and Dana; JoMae, mother of his son, Cole; his grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Janae, Kief, Lily, Max, Shane and Bronson; his great-grandchildren, Skylin, Ryder, Saylem, Saydee and Harlee; his sister-in-law, Sharon; nephews, John, Kenny and Doug; niece, Laura; son-in-law, Tim McGowan; daughter-in-law, Gina Ramstad; and the many nieces and nephews who love him dearly and will miss him.
We are still waiting for the joke of the day – "IBRB!" (I'll Be Right Back!)
A celebration is to be held on his birthday, February 22, 2014, in San Diego and the location is to be determined. Please call Dana (530) 307-9884 if you are interested in attending.
Published in La Jolla Light on Dec. 19, 2013