Ramey, Sr., 86 Milton - Gordon Allen Ramey, Sr. went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, June 30th after a year and a half battle with cancer. As he began his eternal journey, he was surrounded by his family. Born in Reedville, Virginia, Allen followed in the footsteps of his father and began a life-long career as a waterman, beginning as a young boy pound net fishing with his father. He later left home in his early teens for Norfolk, VA, where he continued his career on the water, this time working on smaller, harbor tugboats. He was drafted on December 7, 1945 as a Rifleman into the Army. He was honorably discharged in February 1946, holding the rank of Private. He was reassigned to the regular Army in February of 1946 as a Scout, serving in Germany. He was honorably discharged on July 25, 1947 as Sergeant and received the Army of Occupation World War II
Victory Medal for his service. Allen moved to Delaware in the late 40s and continued working on the water, starting as a mate on the Menhaden fishing boats in Lewes, Delaware, working his way up to Captain. Later he resumed his career working on tugboats and after years of working on smaller tugs, he began working on larger vessels, spending the bulk of his adult years in the position of Captain on 110- and 120-foot tugs, navigating the East coast waters. The last several years before his retirement was spent on the tug Challenger, working out of New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Wilmington, DE; various ports in New Jersey, Norfolk, VA, Boston, Mass, and other locations. He retired in 1991 after having worked for MARITRANS (based out of Philadelphia, PA) for 11 years. Allen received his U.S. Coast Guard
License to U.S. Merchant Marine Officer and was licensed to serve as Master near coastal steam or motor vessels up to 500 gross tons. He was a member of the Seafarers' International Union of North America. "Captain Allen," as he was best known by his crew, was one of the best and was often called upon when there was a tight harbor in which to pull or push one or more large barges in and out of. He ran a tight, organized ship and his crew respected him. Working on the water was his passion, and he was very good at what he did. In the last several years, Allen enjoyed serving his church family at Old Paths Church of Christ where he enjoyed his role serving as a greeter. Being a people person most of his life, this was a perfect way for him to serve. Allen never new a stranger and was quick to make everyone feel welcome. He publically committed his life to the Lord on April 15, 2008 when he was baptized by his pastor. This personal decision brought him great joy, and he became a new man, now living his life for Christ. He was preceded in death by his devoted and loving wife of 51 years and mother to their five children, Dorothy Rogers Ramey, who passed away in 2001; his daughter, Katie Mulvaney, and his son, Steve Ramey, both who passed away just over a year and half ago. Surviving Allen is his caring and loving wife of 5 years, Sandy (of Milton, DE), as well as his sons, Gordon Ramey, Jr. (of Bridgeville, DE) and his wife Karen; son, Scott Ramey (of Charleston, SC) and his wife Pat; his daughter, Susan Bell (of Lancaster, PA) and her husband, Greg; his nephew, Roy Bowman (of Washington state) who he raised as his own son; seven grandsons, two granddaughters, two great grandsons, one great granddaughter, and one great granddaughter to arrive in September. Friends are invited to join the family at a "homecoming" celebration service in honor of Allen. Services will be held on Thursday, July 3rd at Old Paths Church of Christ, 18246 Reddin Road in Georgetown, DE 19947. The viewing will take place from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. The funeral service will be from 11:00 until Noon. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VITAS Innovative Hospice Care of Milford, 20103 Professional Park Blvd., South Building, Georgetown, DE 19947. Burial will be a private family time and will follow immediately after a time of food and fellowship at the church. Arrangements handled by Short Funeral Services, Milton, DE.