Kurt Lewis Ramseyer
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December 9, 1943 - November 19, 2012
KEIZER - Kurt was born in Plainwell, MI and resided and died in Keizer, OR. He was nicknamed "Cork" shortly after birth by his Mother, Barbara, after a WWII fighter pilot. Family and friends called him Cork and there are some who never knew his given name was Kurt.
After graduation, Kurt spent two years in the U.S. Navy from 1962-1964. Upon discharge he went to work for the Upjohn Company in Kalamazoo, MI. It was there that he met Mary Ellen when she came to work in his department as summer help. He told several of his co-workers the day her met her that he was going to marry her. They were married on February 6, 1970 in Kalamazoo, MI. Kurt and Mary Ellen's adventurous spirit led them to Haines, Alaska in 1978. They lived there until moving to Keizer, OR in 1995. While in Alaska, Kurt worked as a construction worker, commercial fisherman, commercial wildlife photographer, art gallery owner and the City port agent. He served four years on the Haines City Council, was the troop Boy Scout Leader for two years and assisted in promoting 6 Eagle Scouts, and was an active member of the Haines Elks Club.
After moving to Oregon, Cork renewed a pleasure of his younger years in motorcycles. He purchased and rebuilt several and spent many hours riding the nearby countryside with friends. He was proud of many things in his lifetime but most of all was his marriage and family.
Cork is preceded in death by his Father, Gladwin Ramseyer, Mother, Barbara Ramseyer, and his brother and three step sisters and survived by his wife, Mary Ellen of Keizer, OR and his only son, Jason Ramseyer of Wasilla, AK.
He didn't want a memorial service but instead as a tribute to him, he wanted his family and friends to take time out of their busy schedules and spend it doing something together that made them happy, that they wouldn't have taken the time to do otherwise. He truly valued life and realized how fragile it was. Kurt would want to be remembered for his devotion and love for his family.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Willamette Valley Hospice or OHSU Heart Failure/Transplant Department. Arrangements by Keizer Funeral Chapel.
Published in StatesmanJournal on Nov. 22, 2012