In loving memory of

Donn Ramsey
January 2, 1936 - June 6, 2019

Donn Michael Ramsey passed away peacefully at his home on June 6th, 2019 with his loving wife Carol by his side. Donn was born January 2nd, 1936 in Black River Falls, WI to Oscar and Cora (Hanson) Ramsey; baptized and confirmed at South Beaver Creek Church in Ettrick, WI. Donn graduated high school in 1954 from Melrose, WI. He later served in the United States Army from 1957-59 while stationed in Germany. In 1965, Donn met the love of his life Carol Pace and moved to Peterson, MN, where they purchased a slice of heaven and farmed the land for 51 years. They were blessed with three beautiful children, Gregg (Laura Velk), Kristine (Sean) Smith and Beth (Josh) Shumate. Donn and Carol were later blessed with five amazing grandchildren, Erica Ramsey, Gunnar and Kora Shumate and Ramsey and Augustus Smith. He was preceded in death by his parents Oscar & Cora and brother Keith. Donn served proudly as Mayor of Rushford Village Township, Vice-President and Trustee of Grace Lutheran Church and President of the four-point church council. He was happiest on the farm, planting and harvesting crops, fixing and engineering custom-built equipment and visiting with family and friends, especially a good game of euchre. He was strong and able until the day he passed with plans to plant one more crop this Spring, but unfortunately Acute Myeloid Leukemia won the battle; thankfully it was a short one. May his soul rest in everlasting peace while he rides his favorite International tractor.
Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 12, 2019 at Grace Lutheran Church in Peterson with the Reverend Sarah Walker Brown officiating. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Tuesday at Hoff Funeral & Cremation Service - Rushford and one hour prior to the service at church.
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Dale & Diana Schwanke wrote on Jun 17, 2019:

" Carol and Family, we were saddened to hear of the passing of Donn, husband, father, & grandfather. We knew Donn as very hard working, honest good man and a very good neighbor for 28 years. Please accept our sincere condolences. Dale & Diana Schwanke"

Ben Schreader wrote on Jun 14, 2019:

"One of the finest people you could ever meet. He will be greatly missed."

Arne Benson wrote on Jun 11, 2019:

"Donn was a good neighbor for 51 years. Hard-working, smart, and honest. I'll miss him."

Paula Hicks wrote on Jun 10, 2019:

"Donn was a very hard worker and I loved his laugh."

Jim Mattson wrote on Jun 10, 2019:

"The nicest thing I can say about any particular person is "I wish there were more people in the world like them". But for Donn I would say "I wish there were 10s of millions more people in this world like him". So glad I got to know him. Jim Mattson"

Taylor wrote on Jun 10, 2019:

"We'll miss you our good neighbor."