Kenneth Hobart "Kenny" RAMBLE (1924 - 2018)

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RAMBLE, Kenneth Hobart "Kenny"

Kenneth Hobart "Kenny" Ramble was born in Elk, Washington December 6, 1924 to Roy and Thelma Ramble and passed away February 7, 2018 in Colville, WA. His early years were spent in Northwest Logging camps where his father was a logger and his mother a cook. Ken attended elementary school in Grand Coulee, WA, while his father was a construction foreman on the Coulee Dam. In the late 1930s Ken and his mother moved to a farm at Williams Lake near Colville.
Ken helped his mother run the farm and attended high school in Marcus, WA. While growing up on the farm he became an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing in Stevens and Ferry counties. He was a self taught mechanic who could fix almost anything. He taught himself gunsmithing, a skill that would play a prominent role throughout his life.
He met the light of his life, Phyllis "Butch" Cranston, a fellow classmate at Marcus High School. They married after graduation in 1943 and moved to Colville, where they would spend the rest of their lives. Ken and Phyllis became an inseparable team for the next 69 years, sharing a business, child-rearing and providing a home filled with love and laughter.
Ken worked tirelessly to support his family, laboring at the Evans Quarry during the day and cutting firewood on the weekends. He joined Laird's Chevrolet in the late 1940s, employed first as a mechanic and later as a salesman and manager.
In 1958 the couple purchased the sporting goods store at 156 North Main and renamed it Ramble's Sport Shop. This store was a fixture on Main Street for more than 30 years. It was a second home to fisherman, hunters and Colville youth. Everyone stopped in to see and visit with Ken and Phyllis and left the store with their purchases and a smile. They knew every kid in town and many a local stopped in to find where the fish were biting or tell a story about the one the got away.
Ken repaired guns, fishing poles, outboard motors, lawn mowers, bicycles, skis and almost anything else people could tote in. He often said people would buy something from him because they knew he would repair it if it needed work, even repairing or replacing for free countless new items that mysteriously broke on the first day. During this time the Rambles also supported local school and summer league sports teams, frequently supplying athletic uniforms and equipment. He was active in community groups including Knights of Pythias and Kiwanis.
Ken remained an avid hunter and fisherman while he owned the Sport Shop and became interested in Trap Shooting. He was a fixture at the Fort Colville gun club, serving as president more than once. He was Washington State "A" champion in 1976 and represented the state at the national championships in Vandalia, Ohio. During the 1970s and 80s the Rambles joined friends and traveled the west attending trap shoots. Ken won so many turkeys and hams he had trouble giving them away.
Along with providing the Ramble family a living, the Sport Shop imparted lifelong lessons to the Ramble children; Max, Alan and Connie. While working at the shop they learned the value of hard work, honesty and treating all with respect. Ken loved his family as much as his vocation and he made sure they all know the importance of education in their lives. They also developed a love of the outdoors alongside their dad while boating, fishing, skiing, hiking, biking and golfing. Saturday evening was often spent playing extremely competitive pinochle games around the dinner table or basement ping-pong tournaments.
When Ken and Phyllis eventually sold their business and retired they embarked on new adventures, traveling the southwest pulling a travel trailer and pursuing skiing and golf with a passion. They were regulars at 49 Degrees North Ski Resort, loving the corduroy on a bluebird day. Ken joined golfing groups including Colville's Wanderers where his enjoyment and command of the "short game" continued into his 90s. Also in retirement, Ken and Phyllis embraced the role of grandparents and enjoyed watching each child participate in school and athletic activities. They nurtured another generation of young people who know and understand the great outdoors.
Ken lost his lifelong partner on September 19, 2012. He grieved her loss terribly and said one of the greatest joys of his life was taking care of his bride for the last years of her life in the house they built together. When Phyllis required open heart surgery in 1994 he made a pledge to give back to the medical community that saved her life. For the rest of his life he regularly donated blood to the Colville Blood Bank. He made his last donation just months before his passing, bringing his total to nearly 10 gallons.
Ken was a businessman, a father, husband, grandpa, friend, mentor and above all a gentleman. He treated everyone with respect and dignity and will be mourned and missed by the entire community, but especially by his family. Ken is one of the last of the "great" generation.
Ken is survived by his son Kenneth M. "Max" Ramble and wife Janet of Anacortes, WA, his son Alan Ramble and wife Cheri of Kennewick, WA, his daughter Connie Dormaier and husband Gary of Spokane, WA; his grandchildren: Kirk Ramble, Kindra Cooper, Cayiah Lake, Amanda Eagleson, Kenneth C. "KC" Ramble, Eric Dormaier, and Megan Stait; his great-grandchildren: Jeremy Reid, Hattie Ramble, Ryan Eagleson, Greyson Eagleson, and Paxton Lake; as well as many nieces and nephews. There are also many surviving friends and neighbors from Colville Main Street, the ski hill, golf course, Fort Colville Gun Club and DominiCare.
The Funeral service for Mr. Kenneth H. Ramble will begin at 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 16, 2018 at the Ag-Trade Center in Colville, WA. A graveside service and vault interment will follow at the Mountain View Park Cemetery in Colville. Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com. Memorial contributions may be given to The Center, 401 N. Wynne St., Colville, WA 99114 and/or any local program supporting youth outdoor activity and education. DANEKAS FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORY, 155 W. First Ave., Colville, WA 99114 is entrusted with the arrangements.

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Published in Spokesman-Review from Feb. 11 to Feb. 14, 2018
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