Dr. James Cheever Ramsey Jr.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Funeral services for Dr. James Cheever Ramsey Jr. will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Milford. Rev. Tom Flanagan will officiate the service.

Interment will take place at 3 p.m. in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Audubon with Rev. Wayne Gubbels.

James Cheever Ramsey, Jr., 95, died Friday, Aug. 20, 2010, at the Spencer Hospital, after enjoying his last of many summers at Lake Okoboji. He was born Feb. 6, 1915, in Burlington, Iowa, to James Cheever Ramsey and Alice Winters Ramsey.

He graduated St. Paul's High School (Burlington, 1933) and the University of Iowa College of Dentistry (1942). While at Iowa, he swam freestyle for the great Hawkeye teams of the mid-1930s and met his equal both in good looks and brains, Mary Frances Carroll of Spencer. They married Nov. 7, 1942 in Lake Forest, Ill., where he was stationed at Great Lakes Naval Station. Their first son, James Cheever, III (Jimmy), was born on Nov. 10, 1943, while James was stationed in Hilo, Hawaii. After the war, he was stationed at Charleston, S.C., Naval Station where his second son, John Francis, was born Sept. 15, 1946.

In 1947, he purchased a dental practice in Audubon, Iowa, where Mary Carroll (Molly) was born Jan. 24, 1950, followed by Elizabeth Fox (Betsy) on Aug. 6, 1952. While building a successful dental practice, James introduced fluoridation to the water supply, built the first community swimming pool, revitalized the downtown and the city library, provided guidance as a member of the school board culminating in the construction of a new high school in 1965, played an instrumental role at St. Patrick's Church, and participated in the scouting program.

Dr. and Mrs. Ramsey moved to Iowa City in 1982 where many new friendships were formed, and college friendships fostered. A longtime Hawkeye fan, James supported all sports and held football season tickets for 58 consecutive years.

James will be dearly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. Dr. Ramsey's family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks to Alyce Phyall and Oaknoll staff for their loving care.

He is survived by his son, John, Sandy, Utah; daughter, Betsy and her husband, Ed Hasselman, Minneapolis, Minn.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by Jimmy, Molly, and Mary Frances.

Arrangements are being handled by the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.