OBITUARY

William Bruce Ramey

March 8, 1955May 9, 2021

William Bruce Ramey, age 66, of Cool Ridge, WV passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2021 at Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital. Born on March 8, 1955 in Oak Hill, WV, he was the son of the late William Bradford Ramey and the late Pauline Elizabeth Coy Ramey. Bruce was a 1973 graduate of Mt. Hope High School and shortly after graduation he entered the United States Marine Corps. Before being honorably discharged as a Corporal, Bruce served as a Crew Chief and aircraft and engine mechanic with Marine Helicopter Squadron One (HMX-1) at Marine Base Quantico, VA. Throughout his service, Bruce received numerous accolades including the National Defense Service Medal, the Presidential Service Badge #5185, the Aircrewman Insignia, and the Rifle Expert Badge. Bruce did his best to live the rest of his life by the Marine Corps motto, Semper Fidelis. Before retiring, Bruce worked for over 37 years as a heavy machinery mechanic for Boyd CAT Construction (formerly Walker Machinery) in Crab Orchard. He was also a Scout Master for Troop 295 in Shady Spring, WV. Throughout his life, Bruce was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed shooting sports, hunting, history, and traveling. Bruce was a lifelong Mountaineer fan who instilled in his sons a strong work ethic, self-reliance, and kindness. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Pauline Ramey and grandson Brayden. Those left to cherish his memory include his wife of 39 years, Rita Law Ramey; sons, William “Will” Ramey, Shannon Ramey and his wife, Keri, and grandson August Ramey; brother-in-law, Ken Mills and his wife, Chris; nephew Josh Mills, his wife, Stacy, and great-nephews, Jace and Asher; sister-in-law, Cathy Merritt, nephew Christopher Merritt and his wife, Rachael, and nephew Jonathan Merritt. A Celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of Blue Ridge Funeral Home with Chaplain Brian White officiating. Military Honors will be rendered by the Mercer County Veterans Honor Guard following the service at the funeral home. Bruce’s Celebration of Life Service will be held via Facebook LIVE on Blue Ridge Funeral Home & Memorial Garden’s Facebook page beginning at 1:55 pm In accordance with the current CDC guidelines, the staff of Blue Ridge Funeral Home require those who attend the service wear proper facial coverings and practice social distancing at all times. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.blueridgefuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations are made to the Colonel Frank E. Millner Memorial Scholarship Fund. Donations can be mailed to: Ron Berube, 12527 Regiment Lane, Fredericksburg, VA 22407. Checks should be made out to MCAA and put “MILLNER SCHOLARSHIP” in the memo line.

Services

  • A Service to Celebrate the Life of Mr. Ramey

    Sunday, May 16, 2021

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Robert De Wilde

May 15, 2021

It is with great sadness that a good Marine has gone to better pastures. It is also sad that I won't be able to attend his service. I'm sure God has plans for Bruce.
My condolences to the family and a special
Prayer for Bruce & those he left behind.

Debby and Gene Oliver

May 15, 2021

We are so sad for the loss of our cousin Bruce. We didn't see him often but he always had a big smile when we did. He will truly be missed by so many. Wishing peace for the family during this difficult time.

JoLynn Tyree Hoke

May 13, 2021

We are so sorry for your loss....please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers...Moochie and JoLynn

Jane Boyd

May 13, 2021

Bruce will be missed by many. Love to Rita, their Sons, and Bruce's Family.

Randal Smithson

May 12, 2021

So sad to hear that Bruce has gone to be with Bill and Polly. He is so young I never thought this would happen to him while I was alive. I know he's with his Wonderful parents for eternity. I am praying for the family and friends. Rest in peace Marine.

Mike & Judy Burmer

May 12, 2021

We are so saddened to hear Bruce has passed. He was a great friend in High school. Our condolences to the family.

Teresa Rutherford-Bonifacio

May 12, 2021

I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Bruce. I was in the band with him for a couple of years. He was a very nice person.

Janie Engle

May 12, 2021

The family is in my prayers at this difficult time. I’ve always believed the Lord gives us those special memories we’ve shared with our loved one to keep in our hearts for a lifetime.
Bruce was one of my older nephews but was more like a younger brother. I guess this was because we grew up together in the same small town. As a youngster he always seemed to have a happy attitude as well as being a bit mischievous at times. I will miss him.

Janet Hager Miller

May 12, 2021

So very sorry to hear of Bruce's passing. I graduated the year after him and we attended the same church as teenagers. Prayers for comfort and peace for his family. God bless you.

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FROM THE FAMILY