Richard “Dick” Allen Ramsey

Richard “Dick” Allen Ramsey

Richard “Dick” Allen Ramsey

Iowa City

Richard “Dick” Allen Ramsey, 82, of Iowa City, Iowa, passed away Sunday, Aug. 21, 2022. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cedar Memorial Chapel Stateroom on Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, 2022, at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, with burial taking place at Cedar Memorial Park Cemetery.

Richard was born on March 20, 1940, in Missoula, Mont., to Frank and Joyce Ramsey. He was the second child born into the family, which included his older brother, Gerald, younger brother, Homer, and younger sister, Janet.

Dick grew up in Ames, Iowa, where he attended Ames High School (Class of 1958) and was active on the school tennis team and a National Merit Scholar. During high school, Dick worked at Hy-Vee, was a newspaper delivery person for the local paper and was a Boy Scout, making the rank of Eagle Scout.

Following high school, Dick received an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. He graduated with the Class of 1962. While attending the Academy, he met the love of his life, Ann S. Ramsey, on a blind date. Ann and Dick were married in Burlingame, Calif., on Sept. 14, 1963.

Dick was stationed first at Selfridge Air Force Base in Michigan and then at Carswell Air Force Base, Fort Worth, Texas, and was promoted to Captain, flying KC-135 tanker aircraft. He completed a tour of duty in Thailand during the Vietnam War. He flew vital missions re-fueling fighters and bombers during his tour of duty. Dick was awarded the Master Crew Member Rating on Oct. 9, 1968. While stationed at Carswell. Dick and Ann added to their family with sons, Dennis and Jeff, and daughter, Laura.

Following his service, Dick attended Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., and earned a Master of Business Administration degree in 1972, where his son Michael was born. Dick and Ann moved their family of six to Dallas, Texas, that same year where Dick started his career as a CPA at Pete Marwick accounting firm. The family moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1976 where Dick took a position as Controller with Rockwell Collins. After a brief transfer to Columbus, Ohio, the family returned to Marion, Iowa, where Dick continued his career with Rockwell International, from which he retired after 25 years of service in 2001.

Dick enjoyed many years of playing tennis at Westfield Tennis Club in Cedar Rapids.

He was active as a volunteer in many community efforts throughout his life, including: a tax assistance preparer for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, an accountant for the Boy Scouts of America organization, and treasurer at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. Dick was a cherished source of support and encouragement to his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Gerald; and his beloved granddaughter, Madison.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Ann; his children, Dennis, Jeff (Paula), Laura and Michael (Vivian); and his grandchildren, Shelby (Matt), Anna, Molly, Alex and Lewis.

Memorials may be directed to the F.K. Ramsey Scholarship for Academic Excellence at Iowa State University or to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

Dick will be remembered for his easygoing and pleasant nature, his witty sense of humor, his enjoyment of tennis, golf, and military history, and most of all for his deep and abiding love for his family.

Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.cedarmemorial.com under Obituaries.

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