Fred Ramseyer

Fred Andrew Ramseyer, Lawrence, KS, passed away on March 1, 2013, at his residence at Hillside Village in De Soto, Kansas.

He was born October 9, 1914, the son of Alfred Ramseyer, a Swiss immigrant, and Mary (Heiniger) Ramseyer, daughter of a Swiss immigrant.  He married Ruth Arlene Metsinger on March 1, 1939.  He died on the day of his 74th wedding anniversary. 
Fred and Ruth moved from the Lamar, Missouri, area to the Lawrence, Kansas, area prior to World War II at the opening of the Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant, where he worked for a number of years.  In addition, he farmed in Jefferson County, and worked for Allsman Cabinet Kansas City,  and Robinson Gym at the University of Kansas.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Lawrence.  
Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Mary;  a son, William Eugene Ramseyer, grandson William Jeffrey Marquette, and son-in-law Raymond Marquette;   brothers Benie (infancy), Albert Joseph (childhood), Aaron Ramseyer, and sisters Luise Engle and Pauline Schrenk; Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ramseyer; daughter Mary Ann Marquette of Springdale, AR; son Roger Ramseyer and wife Carroll of Gardner, KS;  grandchildren John (Kim) Marquette of Springdale, AR; Andrew Ramseyer of De Soto, KS; Ginny (Jeremy) Winter of Lawrence, KS; and great-grandchildren Michael (Cassie) Marquette, Khaki (Travis) Herwalt, Allison Marquette, Dawson Marquette, Taylor Ramseyer, and Emma Winter. 
The funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. at Warren–McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.  Family will greet friends at 4 p.m. until service time.  Burial will take place at 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 6 at Lake Cemetery in Lamar, MO. 

The family recommends memorial contributions to the Lawrence First Baptist Church building fund (in Fred’s name), or to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (on behalf of Fred in honor of his son William Eugene).


10 Condolences

  1. Kris and David Leshovsky on March 4, 2013 at 9:31 am

    Roger,Carol and family,
    Our thoughts are with all of you.

  2. Patty Metsinger on March 4, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    I have known Fred for over 35 years. He had such a zest for life. He was so kind, generous and a loving man. I know he will be missed by all that knew and loved him. He will be a gaurdian angle to all those that he loved. REST IN PEACE FRED.

  3. Don on March 4, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    My sincere condolences to all of Fred’s family.

    Don Creasbaum
    Olathe South High School

  4. Lorie Gish Sawyer on March 4, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Ruth and family ~ thoughts and prayers are with you. Still have great memories of living on New Hampshire street across from Fred and Ruth. I will always identify their house on New Hampshire as The Ramseyer’s. God Bless.

  5. Terry Yoast on March 5, 2013 at 7:09 am

    You are in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

  6. Tim Coleman on March 5, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Roger, I was so sorry to read of your father’s passing last Friday. I will keep you, Carol, and family in my thoughts and prayers. Tim C. OS

  7. Tom Wilcox on March 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I am sorry I did not make it to Fred’s service. I came down with something this and not feeling real great. Mrs. Ramseyer, my deepest sympathy, and to all the family.

  8. Rick Ruiz Schwebel on March 6, 2013 at 6:11 am

    To the family : my sincere condolences.
    There is no greater pain than the death of a loved one.
    Sometimes it seems almost more than a person can bear.
    Jehovah God helps us with this in His Word,
    He promises us that He will put a stop to all sickness
    and death will be no more (REV 21;3.4) Jehovah also
    shows His love for us through the ransom sacrifice
    of His beloved son Jesus Christ. What a wonderful gift to be given !
    Then the hope of seeing our loved ones again
    on this earth, transformed into a paradise. The Bible tells us
    this was Jehovah’s will when He created Adam & Eve.
    Please read:
    (Genesis 1:26,27; John 5: 28,29; Psalms 37:11,22,29).
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  9. Kristy McGowen on March 7, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Roger, may god help you and your family cope with this loss. I hope your memories of his life and his love for you all will give you comfort.
    Requesciat in pace. RIP
    May he rest in peace.

  10. Wendy Gish on March 11, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    When i was a kid… I would go across the street to Fred and Ruth’s and walk behind him as he mowed the lawn… they had Kentucky bluegrass front yard it was great to do kart wheels, somersault and any other gymnastics things we could dream up to do. They taught me to play Wahoo “Marble game” I spent many, many hours helping out the best that I could as kids.. which most likely not much help at all. I have very fond memories for Ruth and Fred… Life is people not things, things can get taken, wrecked or stolen but memories will last as long as do so I choose to make memories. Praying for you Ruth and Rest in peace, Fred!

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