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It's been 10 months since Bill texted me and I found his body--this morning I dreamt he was lying next to me and he said I'm here and I believed he was. We were mostly together for 11 years and he was always a beautiful conundrum. I see him and feel him everywhere--he was always larger than life. I know that now more than ever. He was likely bipolar and alcohol was his way if assuaging that. The last two

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Posted by: Demaris Garceau - corvallus, OR - lover and partner   Oct 16, 2013

If you are reading this and if there is someone close to you suffering from chronic, lifelong alcoholism as Bill did, please get a group of folks together and intervene to get the alcoholic person into AA or rehab. I begged Bill to go to AA, but he would hear none of it. Should have gotten friends together to intervene, but Bill was a hopeless case and completely in denial. Bill tied himself a noose in the end, maybe you could save somebody else the same fate. May God Bless...

Posted by: J.P. - Wausau, WI   Aug 03, 2013

Sorry to hear of Bills passing. I lived on the same block as young, Billy, Bob, and Jimmy. I still have memories of playing with the boys almost daily in the summers in Janesville. Condolences.

Posted by: Brian Kail - Mpls, MN - Childhood friend.   Feb 02, 2013

Oh My Goodness. Bill. With his cherub face and smile that would brighten any room or soul. and of course the warm, strong and secure bear hugs. He would play on words that he was dependabill, responsibill, respectabill, and always lovabill. my heart warms and breaks with thoughts of him. Sympathy to his family.

Posted by: Victoria Findlay - Corvallis, OR   Jan 25, 2013

I haven't seen Bill since high school yet his smile and kind nature is embedded in my memory. My heart felt condolences to his family and to all who loved him. Peace to you Bill.

Posted by: Faye Coleman - Victorville, CA - classmate of 76   Jan 25, 2013

My heartfelt condolences to the Ramsdell family. I am so sorry for your loss.
Bill, when I came into Janesville in the fourth grade, you were one of the first to greet me, I always admired you for your natural leadership ability, even at ten years old. I don't think you were aware of it. In our high school class, you are one of the few that truly stood out. I hope you have found peace and as Hughie Thomasson quoted "May your grass be green and your tides high".

Posted by: Brent Rust - Janesville, WI - Classmate   Jan 25, 2013

I have known Bill for more than 7 years and for a brief period we dated. I just found out a few days ago that he took his life. My heart is heavy as I keep recalling his beautiful face and smile. What haunts me most, is that I never realized how much pain he was in. Every time I saw him at TAC or a festival, he was smiling and happy. How sad to think that he felt so

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Posted by: Catherine - Corvallis, OR - friend   Jan 24, 2013

Everyone has met one of those special people that touch your life without them even knowing they have done so ... Bill was one of those special people. Class reunions will never be the same!

Posted by: Pat (Oehrke) Glynn & Julie (Goodsir) Williams - Janesville, WI   Jan 23, 2013

I'm still sad and think about you every day Bill, I sure wish that you would've let everybody know how bad things were, we all would have in peace my friend...

Posted by: J.P. - Corvallis, OR   Jan 23, 2013

For all who feel we have lost someone very special. We remember you Bill. You were the ultimate "cheermeister" at the class reunion in 2011. I am so glad to have shared a laugh and a hug and got to meet your 2 favorite canines. Your physical being has left this place we still call home, but your spirit and your beautiful smile stay with us. R.I.P.

Posted by: Sandi Baze (Peterson) - Olympia, WA   Jan 23, 2013