Dr. Donald H. Rames (1928 - 2012)

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Dr. Donald H. Rames, 84, of Vandalia, died at 7 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at his family home.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Vandalia, with Dr. Roger Grimmett officiating. Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery in Vandalia. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday at the church. Hohlt and File Funeral Home in Vandalia was in charge of arrangements. Memorials: Fayette County Hospital, Family YMCA of Fayette County or First United Methodist Church of Vandalia. Online condolences may be shared at www.hohltandfilefh.com.
Dr. Rames was born on Feb. 4, 1928, in Butler, S.D., the son of Harry S. and Mae Bigler Rames. He married Phyllis Johnson on Aug. 21, 1951, in Harvard, Ill.
He was a physician.
He graduated from Watertown High School in 1946, the University of South Dakota in 1950 and the University of Illinois School of Medicine in 1954.
Dr. Rames was a charter member of the American Academy of Family Practice, and a member of the Illinois State Medical Society and American Medical Association. He was a member of the Fayette County Medical Society, and held all of the society's offices; and he served as vice president of Medical Affairs of BJC Hospital. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, served on the First National Bank of Vandalia Board of Directors, served on the Vandalia School District Board of Education from 1962-71 and was a member of the Vandalia Rotary Club. He was a past president of the Fayette County American Heart Association, Fayette County American Cancer Society and Fayette County Board of Health, and served on the Operation OUTING Board of Directors.
He was chosen as the Fayette County Citizen of the Year in 1963, and was presented with an Abe Award for community service by the Vandalia Chamber of Commerce. He served in the Army.
He is survived by his wife; son, Dr. Richard Rames and his wife Sue of St. Louis, Mo.; daughters, Ann Rexroat Duncan of Coppell, Texas, and Mary Rames Orr and her husband Mike of Brentwood, Tenn.; and grandchildren, Lindsay, Richard, Douglas, Alexandra, Laura, Mary, David, Andrew, Katherine, Sarah, Michael, Christopher, Andrea and Sam.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Dr. Douglas Rames; and a brother, Duane A. Rames.

Published in The Leader-Union from Sept. 18 to Sept. 27, 2012
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