Eric A. Ramlow, 53 years of Toledo, Ohio went to be with his Lord and savior on January 16, 2016, as the result of a tragic accident. Eric was born in Toledo, Ohio to Bertram A. and Kathryn M. (Anderson) Ramlow. Eric married Patricia L. (Stammen) Miller in 1986 and they later divorced. In 2007 he married Margaret A. (Chesebro) Ramlow.
He is survived by his mother, his wife, and his siblings, John A. Ramlow and Constance A. (Ramlow) Kramer. Eric is also survived by his three sons, Christopher P. Ramlow, Matthew A. Ramlow, and Adam B. Ramlow and his stepson, Kevin C. Davis. He leaves behind many friends in the Kairos prison ministry community, Emmaus community, the Connexions Sunday school class, and the Woodlane community of Bowling Green.
Eric graduated from Bowsher High School in 1980 and continued his education at the University of Toledo where, following in his father's footsteps, he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in accounting in 1984. While at the University of Toledo he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi, and remained an active alumnus. He was employed by Owens Illinois for over 25 years in various capacities, ultimately serving as the Director of World Finance. Subsequently, he served as Chief Financial Officer at Toledo Area Ministries, and was currently serving as Controller at BioFit.
Eric's faith was paramount in his life. He always had his Bible on hand, and was ready to provide guidance or a comforting word. He grew up as an active member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church of Toledo. Eric attended Promise Keepers which helped spark his passion for the Lord. After returning from Erie, Pennsylvania Eric's family was active in Waterville United Methodist Church. Eric and his wife currently attend Bowling Green First United Methodist Church where Eric was active in mission work, Sunday school, mentoring of confirmands, and was in charge of the community food pantry.
Eric was a loving son and brother. He called his mother every day with a joke and a smile. Eric played a big role assisting his mother in her independence, and was always close to lend an ear or a helping hand.
A devoted father, he supported his sons in all their pursuits, participating and encouraging them in every way he could. He was proud to graduate his three sons from Anthony Wayne High School, see them all go on to graduate college, and pursue higher degrees. Eric always remained close to his sons no matter the distance, and never missed an opportunity to watch Matt row with Yale University Crew. Eric was always willing to provide guidance and address any issue no matter how big or small.
Eric was a kind and caring husband. He had a sharp sense of humor and brought laughter into their home every day. Eric also treated Meg's son as his own. Meg and Eric loved to travel, and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Eric loved having fun, whether it was rooting for the Buckeyes, singing too loud at church, dominating the card table, or touting his international ping pong championship title. He participated in and supported the MS Bike to the Bay from the beginning and encouraged his sons to join him. Eric also went on many hiking adventures including a 250 mile jaunt on the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington, with his son.
A firm believer in the goodness of Christ, he was devoted to studying the bible. Willingness to share the word of the Lord with anyone, anywhere, was a cornerstone of his faith. "The community of saints is not just a network of connections between people. It is first and foremost a community of our hearts."
Services will be held at Bowling Green First United Methodist Church, 1526 E. Wooster St. on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at 11 a.m.
The family will receive guests after the ceremony.
Dunn Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.dunnfuneralhome.com
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Published by The Blade on Jan. 18, 2016.