On Wednesday, January 27th, 2021 Don Ramsey loving husband, father of three children and grandfather to eight grandchildren, passed away peacefully in his sleep from complications of Alzheimer's at the age of 86. Don's funeral will be held on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 2 pm at the Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary, 3801 West Manchester Blvd (across from the Inglewood Forum) in the parking lot under a tent.
Don was born on May 7, 1934 in Elk City, Oklahoma, To Harlan S and Bertha B Ramsey. He graduated in 1952 from Inglewood high school and went on to El Camino College and Cal State Dominguez University graduating with degrees in electronic engineering and business while he was working at Virtue Brothers, Northrop Nortronics, North American Autonetics, TRW semiconductors as a manager, and TRW systems as a section head manager.
He met his wife Marlea Minton in 1952 when she was 14 and he was 19. They were married in Pearl Harbor territory of Hawaii on May 25th 1956 with a military wedding while he was serving in the Navy air corp . During the Korean War Don was attached to squadron VP48 on board an anti submarine patrol flying boat and to the Fazron 110, a P2V anti-submarine warfare aircraft.
Don served 8 years in the Military, four years active Service and four years reserve. For the first 2 1/2 years of Don's Navy life they lived in Coronado, California, where Don was stationed. In 1957, while in Coronado they had their first son, Donald Eugene. In 1960 they had a daughter, Debra Dawn, and on the same day only four years later almost to the moment they had their second son, Dana Donn.
Don's love of his family was matched by his love for horses, dogs and cats. One of his greatest joys was traveling twice a day to the horse barn to feed his horse, the local goats and barn cats.
After retiring, Don was one of the first employees to work for his neighbor and friend, Ernest Emerson of Emmerson Knives. After Emerson Knives and for the next 20 years, he assisted his mobile notary wife Marlea, traveling all over the state of California and meeting many clients who later became good friends.
Don's good sense of humor and quiet ways made him easy to like. He loved country music and played guitar, banjo and steel guitar like his father, Harlan who was a country radio celebrity in Oklahoma and had his own radio show for over 20 years.
Don is predeceased by son, Donald Eugene; his father, Harlan; mother, Bertha; brother and sister-in-law, James and Francis Ramsey and his nephew, James Dee Ramsey. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marlea; daughter, Debra Dawn Ramsey Boz (Wesley); son, Dana Donn Ramsey (Sharon) and 8 grandchildren: Shawn Donald and Brittany Ramsey, Jessica and Jeffery Harlan Ramsey, Ryan Harlan Dominick Boz and Gavin Richard Ramsey Boz, and Brittany & Brianne Bosnak.
We want to thank our dear neighbors, the Otah family for always rushing over to help me get Don back on his feet and for sending over special home-cooked meals. Special thanks To Our Angels in Disguise, Don's caregivers, Debbie Foster and Jessie Bandola.
As they say it takes a village, so to all of our family and friends, our village, you have our everlasting love and gratitude.
Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Feb. 25, 2021.