Lester Eugene Ramsey, 88, Gerber Children’s Wear manager, WWII chauffeur, practical joker

By on January 4, 2017
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Lester Eugene Ramsey, 88, of Denver, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, at Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy.

He was born in South Heidelberg Township to the late William E. and Mary D. (Bensing) Ramsey, and was the husband of Betty J. (Sweitzer) Ramsey, with whom he shared 66 years of marriage.

He was a member of Muddy Creek Evangelical Lutheran Church, Denver. Lester was the manager of the packaging department for Walter W. Moyer Co. and a manager of outlet stores for Gerber Children’s Wear.

He was a graduate of Wernersville High School, Class of 1945. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II where he was a chauffeur for Gens. Douglas MacArthur and Charles Willoughby.

Lester was a member of Reinholds Post No. 6759 VFW. He was a practical joker, who enjoyed playing cards games, especially Pinochle; board games, such as Parcheesi; and making puzzles. He enjoyed hunting, trapping, and spending time with his family at their cabin in Lycoming County. He also enjoyed crabbing and collecting shells while vacationing with his family in Ocean City, Md. Lester was artistic, creative, a photographer and woodworker. He was athletic and loved baseball, which he played during his early years; and was a life-long Philadelphia Athletics and Philadelphia Phillies fan.

In addition to his wife, Lester is survived by two sons: L. Lynn, husband of Sharon F. (Ream) Ramsey, of Manheim Township; Philip M., husband of Deborah (Bates) Ramsey, of Denver; a daughter: Julie A., wife of David Emrhein, of Lititz; three grandchildren: Devin Ramsey, Stephen Ramsey, Marleise Emrhein; a brother: Larry, husband of Judy (Lesher) Ramsey, of Ephrata; and a sister, Mildred M., wife of Glenn Berthet, of South Lyon, Mich.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 29, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Muddy Creek Evangelical Lutheran Church, 11 S. Muddy Creek Road, Denver, followed by funeral services at 11 a.m., with Pastor Peter Schwabe-Fry officiating. Interment will take place in the Swamp Cemetery, with military honors accorded by Vet 21 Honor Guard.

The family would like to thank the staff of the ICU and 6-East Wing at Lancaster General Hospital and Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy, for the care provided to Lester during his recent illness. Also, a special thanks to Pastor Schwabe-Fry for his time and support for Lester and his family.

If desired, memorial contributions in Lester’s memory may be made to Hospice and Community Care, Mount Joy, 4075 Old Harrisburg Pike, Mount Joy, PA 17552.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at roseborostradling.com.

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