Robert Edward Ramsey

June 1, 1926April 21, 2011

Bob Ramsey age 84, left this earth to be with his Lord on April 21, 2011, with his loving wife and family surrounding his bedside. He was born in Altoona, PA, June 1, 1926 and moved shortly thereafter to Sacaton, AZ, and then to Yuma in 1946. He was employed by O'Malley Lumber and went on to become General Manager devoting 42 years of service with them. He also spent some 9 years as an estimator and project manager.

Bob served in the U.S. Navy for 3 years as a Seabee and was in the North African and Italian campaigns. He was a member of the Jaycees and served as President in 1961 and was Chairman of the 19th Silver Spur Rodeo in 1965. He was named a life member and an International Senator. Bob was also a life member of the Yuma County Sheriff's Posse. He was a member of a horsemen's group known as the White Mountain Range Riders and rode for 23 years in this group. He was a life member of the Elk's Lodge (44 years), life member of the Masonic Lodge (60 years) and a 32nd Degree Shriner. He was also a member of the VFW and an honorary life member of Rotary. Bob was involved with the Yuma County Fair Board, the Yuma Council of the Navy League, the Yuma Heart Assn., the Yuma Boys' Club and the Lions Club. He also served on the Industrial Development Authority for 24 years.

Bob wrote 5 books in his life time, 4 of which were dedicated to expressing his thanks and love to his family and friends and for the many good memories attributed to them. The 5th book was about his life growing up in Sacaton which was located on an Indian reservation where his father taught school and his mother worked in the cotton research lab.

Bob is survived by his wife of 32 years, Nancy ; his son, Tom and wife, Debbie and her daughter, Amanda (Flagstaff, AZ.), and son, Bobby and his wife, Hope(Glendale, AZ.); his daughter, Barbara Moist, her husband, Randy, her daughter, Rebecca Driscoll and her husband, Tom and their children, Thomas and Michael, her daughter, Natalie Moist (all of Mullica Hill, NJ.) and son, Scott and his wife, Kristy and their children, Lauren and Kate (all of Longwood, FL.). He is also survived by his step-daughter, Shelley Hall (Scottsdale, AZ.), her son, Richie Gooding and his wife, Steffi (Nolanville, TX.), her son Trevor Boni and wife Allyson and their son, Trevor, Jr. (Tempe, AZ.) and her daughter, Samantha Nelson (Fort Wayne, IN.) He also leaves a stepson, Bob Ohmstede of Gariner, Montana.

Services will be held at Johnson Mortuary, on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at 10:00 a.m.

Honorary Pallbearers are: Joe Montoya, Henry Chavez, Don Egigian, Charlie Splawn, Bill Anderson, Norman Hill, Dwight Nelson, Bobby Ramsey, Scott Moist and Trever Boni.

It is suggested that in lieu of flowers that donations may be made to the Shriner's Burn and Orthopedic Hospitals for Children c/o El Zaribah Shriners, 552 North 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008 or Hospice of Yuma, 1824 South 8th Street, Yuma, AZ. Arrangements under the direction of Johnson Mortuary & Desert Lawn Memorial Park, Yuma, AZ.


  • Funeral Service Tuesday, April 26, 2011

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Nita Gage

July 9, 2011

to the family of Robert Ramsey. Although I do not know you, I wanted to let you know how much his book on Sacaton has touched my life. I grew up in Sacaton the 50s, my father worked for the BIA. It is so meaningful to read the book and see the photos. Sacaton was a privilege to grow up in, and Robert captured it beautifully. I also lived in Yuma for many years. I am sorry for your loss, and I feel blessed to have known him through his book. sincerely, Nita Gage

Charlotte Thomas

May 1, 2011

Barbara, My parents (Chuck & Ruth Thomas) always thought highly of your parents, especially because they shared commitment to family, being fair and honest in business, and giving back to the community. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Sylvia Linden

April 27, 2011

We all are so sorry about Bob's death and we are hurting with you. He will be missed by many. May God's love be with you and the rest of the family.
Love you all

April 26, 2011

Nancy, so sorry to hear about Bob, I let some of our classmates know about it. You are in our thoughts. Star and Art Fann

Eddie Bedoya

April 26, 2011

Sorry to hear about your loss, I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Herlinda Hassell Wilson

April 26, 2011

I'm so sorry for your loss. May God's love and grace comfort you and your family. You all are in my Prayers.

Rollie & Karin Thornton

April 24, 2011

Our thoughts are with you during this time of your loss. We haven't seen you for ages, but still think about the times we shared togother.
Rollie & Karin Thornton