James Alfred Ramsey, 84, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 at Auburn. He was born July 29, 1932, in Dawson,
James was one of five children of Wyatt and Alice (O’Grady) Ramsey. Jim received his formal education in Dawson, where he graduated from high school, and attended the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
James entered the United States Navy on August 4, 1952, and served in Guam during part of his service. After his honorable discharge on Mar 19, 1954, he returned to Dawson to farm. He married Mercedes Engles in 1953 in Auburn, and they were blessed with three children: Ann, Albert, and Dollie. Mercedes passed away in 1975.
In addition to farming with his son Bert, Jim also worked for many years for the Nebraska Agriculture Statistics Service, surveying and compiling statistics.
In 1981, Jim was united in marriage to Karen (Gibson) Martin in Dawson. Karen’s children, Denise, John, Laura, and Lance, joined Jim, Karen, and Jim’s children as a family.
Jim was a member of the Humboldt American Legion Post, and served on the Dawson Volunteer Fire Department. He also was Mayor of Dawson for a time.
After moving back and forth between the Nemaha County Hospital and a Lincoln hospital for about a month, Jim entered the good Samaritan Society-Auburn on Dec. 30, 2016.
Jim is survived by his wife Karen of Dawson; children Ann Ramsey of Tecumseh; Bert Ramsey of Auburn; Dollie (Terry) Dettmann of Arnold, MO; step-children Denise (John) Arington of Beatrice; John (Mary Sue Martin) of Falls City; Laura Pagnano of Verdon; Lance Martin and special friend Michelle of Dawson; 15 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sister Mary (Ralph) Reschke of Lawrence, KS; brothers Wyatt Ramsey of Bellevue; John (Karen) Ramsey of Dawson; sister-in-law Barb Ramsey of Dawson; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mercedes and his parents, Jim was preceded in death by a brother Charles.
A memorial mass will be celebrated Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dawson, officiated by Fr. Kenneth Hoesing. Special music was played by Colton Martin. Urn bearers were Ann Ramsey, Albert Ramsey, Dollie Dettmann, Denise Arington, John Martin, Laura Pagnano, and Lance Martin. Burial of ashes was in Holy Cross Cemetery near Auburn, with graveside military honors.