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Richard O. Ramsey December 29, 1930 - April 23, 2020


Richard Orville Ramsey, age 89, of Ozark passed away Thursday, April 23, 2020.  Richard was born December 29, 1930 to Orville and Mamie (Patterson) Ramsey in Mentor, Missouri and was a lifelong resident of Greene and Christian counties.  As a member of the Ozark High School Graduating class of 1949, Richard formed many friendships that have lasted his entire life. On April 14, 1950 Richard was united in marriage to Mary Jarecke who preceded him in death November 13, 1994. Richard married Judith Foshee June 30, 1997, Judith was called to be with the Lord on March 7, 2014.

Richard’s priorities in life were easy to see through his love for his family, friends and farming. Making hay and working with horses were two of his favorite things to do. A custom bulldozing service and highway construction (including the first lanes of highway 65 from Springfield to Branson) were early career paths.  In the winter of 1965, Richard was asked by Campbell Ford to help out for a few weeks and that two weeks ended 32 years later in the spring of 1997 when he retired.  As Sales Manager for Campbell, Richard found a perfect fit for his outgoing personality.

Richard served as a member of the Masonic Lodge for 68 years and was Master of the Friend Lodge in Ozark for two terms. The fellowship of the Finley River Cowboy Church has been cherished by Richard and his membership there was very rewarding for him.

Richard is survived by his daughter Brenda Whisenant and husband Don, son Mike and wife Pam; grandchildren Jennifer Ramsey, Cody Whisenant, Jessica Walker and husband Will; great grandson Jayton Walker; step-daughter Angela Woolsey and husband Billy; step grandson Chase House; brother Harold Ramsey; brothers-in law Gene Jarecke, Jerry Foshee; sisters-in law Madelene Ramsey, Bonna Jarecke, Clara Foshee, Betty Williams and husband Ronald.

Richard was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Ralph Ramsey.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Selmore Cemetery in care of Barnes Family Funeral Home, PO Box 796, Ozark, MO, 65721.

A graveside funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. at the Selmore Cemetery with Keven Baker officiating and Dale Roller conducting Masonic Rites. Arrangements under the care and direction of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. Online condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.

Under the latest Coronavirus Pandemic, Barnes Family Funeral Home is under the guidelines of NFDA and the state governed mandate policy regarding COVID-19. Therefore, our limitations are implemented as no gatherings larger than 10 people and maintaining social distancing of 6 feet. Our obituaries will be updated according to the progress of our mandates and information regarding our families wishes. With these safety measures we are obedient to others and consider safety and laws first. Our staff is working with others to expedite this situation and continue serving our community with care and compassion for their loved ones. During this most difficult time, our blessings and dedication will always come from our hearts and placing our families needs first. Our online condolences and website is always available and suggested as a method of correspondence with the family, www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com


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    Kristy parker says

    Mike, I’m so sorry. To me your dad inspired a lot of people including me. He always had a smile, and always had advice to give to give. May god keep you in his arms and give comfort to you and your family. One of my favorite memories is Richard going with the ffa to the farm shows, he like a kid in a candy store.

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    Bob and Deanna Patterson says

    So sorry to here about your dad our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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    Bob and Deanna Patterson says

    So sorry to here about your dad our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Bob said he bought his first stock trailer from your dad when he worked at Campbell Ford.

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    Ronnie Stahlman says

    My condolences to the family of Richard Ramsey. Richard has always been A good friend of mine and always there when help was needed.

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    Sue A Hall says

    Richard was a special friend. He is remembered for his loyal friendship, trail rides together and for sharing the day he came to know our Savior. One of the best is gone but not forgotten.

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    Les Wilson says

    Mike, Pam, Brenda and Don and kids,
    So sorry for your loss, had not seen Richard in some time, he was a great guy. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Les, Peggy, Jack and Jimmy Wilson

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    Roger Campbell says

    Richard first and foremost loved his family and I loved Richard like he was my family. Richard was a special person. He never said an unkind word about anyone, he lived the creed of our Lodge with his very high standards. We will miss him greatly but feel fortunate to have had his presence for many years. Mike and Brenda, because Alice and I are still in Phoenix, we will be unable to attend his celebration of life. He and your families will be in our prayers. I am a lucky person to have had his friendship for many years.

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    Pat Day says

    Brenda – My heart goes out to you and your family for your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Marcha Mullins says

    Brenda, so sorry to hear of the passing of your father. I know what a said time this is for your family. My thought and prayers are with you.

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    Cheryl Mitchell says

    Mike, so very sorry to hear about your Dad, my family and i send you many hugs & prayers…..