Claude Erwin Ramsey

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Master Sergeant Claude Erwin Ramsey, retired Air Force, was born February 21, 1930 at Camp Creek in Robertson County, TX to Bettie I (Bates) and James Franklin Ramey. He left this life here on earth on June 5, 2014.

Claude left Robertson County in 1945 to work on the toll barges on the Houston River. He joined the US Air Force in 1949, doing his basic training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio. Once through basic, he was stationed at Walker AFB in Roswell, NM where he met Joe Annie Raney. They were married on August 25, 1951 and have celebrated 62 years of marriage together. While still stationed at Walker AFB, daughters, Janet (1953) and Bettie (1955) were born. Claude was then sent to Anchorage, Alaska for 2 years and was made Supply Sergeant, which would be his area of expertise for the entirety of his military career. After returning from Alaska, he was stationed at Kirkland AFB in Albuquerque, NM for a year, then transferred over to Sandia (also in Albuquerque) where his son, Frank (1959) was born.

In September of 1961 he was sent to Alcombury AFB in England where his family joined him 3 months later. While there he was made Recreations and Athletic Director. Upon returning to
the USA in 1964, he was stationed at James Connally AFB in Waco, TX. While there, he did 1 tour in Taiwan and 2 tours in Vietnam. In 1966 he was stationed at Dhahran, Saudi Arabia for a year, during which time he witnessed the 9 Day War. After Saudi Arabia, he was sent to Grand Forks AFB, ND for his last tour of duty. As Supply Sergeant he was in charge of outfitting the planes that carried Agent Orange to Vietnam and was also once again the Recreations Officer. Claude retired a Master Sergeant on August 2, 1970 after giving 20 years, 2 months and 2 days to his country.

After retiring from the USAF, Claude then worked for GATX in Hearne, Calvert High School and Smith Security in Bald Prairie.

The Ramsey family lived in Franklin, TX for a year before moving to Claude’s beloved 64 acres on the hill. He lived there for 40 years before moving to Bryan to be closer to daughter Bettie because of health issues. He lived there with Joe until his death.

Claude Ramsey was a family man who loved his wife, kids and in-laws. Papa loved his 10 grandkids and 9 great-grandkids. He enjoyed the outdoors, his cows, his garden and puttering on his riding lawn mower and tractor.

He was preceded in death by his parent, his 4 brothers, 3 of his sisters and his precious mother-in-law, Doshia Raney. He is survived by his wife, Joe Annie Ramsey of Bryan, daughters and their husbands, Janet and Arlon Graef of Taylor, Bettie and Ronnie Glover of Bryan, son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Anne Ramsey of Loveland, OH, his grandchildren and spouses, Joshua and Misty Corn of Brenham, Stephenie Koerne and Nico Spronk of Waterloo, Canada, Joseph and Laura Corn of College Station, Kevin and Tamara Glover of Huntsville, Kurt and Heather Ramsey of Bryan, Eryn and Clint Brochtrup, of College Station, Jean Ramsey of Ft. Worth, Justin Graef of Corpus Christi, Corey and Samantha Graef of Taylor and Tyler Graef of Houston and 9 great-grandchildren William and Jackson Corn, Michelle and Joshua Glover, Austin, Reagan and Mason Corn and Gabriel and Kinley Brouchtrup and one sister, Betty Sue Lee of Franklin.

There will be a Visitation at McCauley Funeral Home for those who would like to pay their respects on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Graveside services will be held on June 12, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at the Little Mississippi Cemetery outside of Franklin. Pall bearers will be his grandsons.

Funeral arrangements by McCauley Funeral Home.

In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Parkinson’s Research Foundation or to Hospice Brazos Valley.

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