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William Ramsdell Obituary


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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...Read More »
1 of 46 | Posted by: Demaris Garceau - corvallus, OR

“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...Read More »
2 of 46 | Posted by: J.P. - Wausau, WI

“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...Read More »
3 of 46 | Posted by: Brian Kail - Mpls, MN

“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...Read More »
4 of 46 | Posted by: Brian Kail - Mpls, MN

“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. ...Read More »
5 of 46 | Posted by: Victoria Findlay - Corvallis, OR

“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...Read More »
6 of 46 | Posted by: Faye Coleman - Victorville, CA

“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...Read More »
7 of 46 | Posted by: Brent Rust - Janesville, WI

“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...Read More »
8 of 46 | Posted by: Catherine - Corvallis, OR

“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...Read More »
9 of 46 | Posted by: Pat (Oehrke) Glynn & Julie (Goodsir) Williams - WI

“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 helped.....Read More »
10 of 46 | Posted by: J.P. - Corvallis, OR

“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...Read More »
11 of 46 | Posted by: Sandi Baze (Peterson) - Olympia, WA

“Wow, what a shocker! My heart felt condolences to all of you Ramsdells, we all loved Bill dearly. I spent some time with Bill in Oregon a few...Read More »
12 of 46 | Posted by: Bruce Myers - Greenland, NH

“Just the day before I learned of Bill's passing, the memory of dancing with him at our last class reunion brought a smile to my heart. He always...Read More »
13 of 46 | Posted by: Cynthia (Freye) Crew - GA

“To Ramsdell Family, You have our deepest sympathies during this most difficult time. We remember Bill as always a smile on his face and never a...Read More »
14 of 46 | Posted by: Tim & Janet (Folk) Dickson - IN

“I knew Mr. Bill for only a couple of years, but he was a blessing in my life and a dear friend. He took me rafting, built raised beds for my garden,...Read More »
15 of 46 | Posted by: Lorraine Anderson - Corvallis, OR

“Dear Ramsdell family, We are so sad for your loss. Bill was a wonderful human being and great fun guy. You have our prayers and sympathies for your...Read More »
16 of 46 | Posted by: Jim and Judy McRoberts - WI

“Willy Bill, at our last reunion you threw your big, loving arms around me and we squeezed each other for many magical moments. I still feel that warm...Read More »
17 of 46 | Posted by: Patsy (Condon) Bansley - Madison, WI

“Our sympathy to the Ramsdells, you are in our thoughts and prayers. Bill was amazing, we are so lucky to have known him. ”
18 of 46 | Posted by: Susan Brandt & Rick Lewin - WI

“Bill was one of a kind! He was the type of person you remember your whole life, and I will. Since those crazy days back at Roosevelt, the long trek...Read More »
19 of 46 | Posted by: Bill Cullen - Chicago, IL

“Bill was a wonderful guy. He really did touch us all. It was such a pleasure knowing him & loving him since I first met him in Junior High. Always...Read More »
20 of 46 | Posted by: Maureen Gillespie (Kelly) - PA

“Dear Mr. Bill, We never got a chance to say good bye. I hope you're having your dream wherever you are, I'm' still plugging away at mine. Thanks for...Read More »
21 of 46 | Posted by: Paul Norberg - Tualatin, OR

“Bill officiated at our wedding last year and made it a very special day for everyone that attended. His wonderful sense of humor, his storytelling,...Read More »
22 of 46 | Posted by: Joe and Cindy DeMarzo - Corvallis, OR

“Some obituaries just hit you. I haven't seen Bill since high school, but I know the world will miss him. Bill was always engaged, funny, and...Read More »
23 of 46 | Posted by: Todd Cook - Custer, WI

“I am deeply saddened to hear of Bill's passing - and so young. I enjoyed getting to know him and talking about border collies on our river walks. I...Read More »
24 of 46 | Posted by: Linda Johansen, Echo, Pita & Djinn - OR

“My deepest sympathies to the Ramsdell family that Bill is no longer here with us...on this earth. You all are in my thoughts and I'm sincerely sorry...Read More »
25 of 46 | Posted by: Sara Stavn - Safety Harbor, FL

“Bill is one of the greats from the class of 1976. He never met anyone he did not like. When you saw or talked with Bill he always had a smile, was...Read More »
26 of 46 | Posted by: Daniel Kennedy - Overland Park,, KS

“I was so very sorry to hear about the loss of Bill. I'm so glad I was able to see him at our last reunion. Our reunions will not be the same without...Read More »
27 of 46 | Posted by: Nancy cox mcmurtrie - Naples, FL

“We will all miss Bill's Spirit. As a young man growing up in Janesville, I recall many times that Bill, I and others learned to mature through many...Read More »
28 of 46 | Posted by: Leo Pieri - Atlanta, GA

“The Class of '76 has lost one of our brightest and truly gifted classmates. Though many years have passed, it is hard to forget the impact of your...Read More »
29 of 46 | Posted by: Paula Potter Winke - KS

“My thoughts and prayers to Bill's Family. Bill will never be forgotten. I will always remember walking home from Jr. High with Bill and that...Read More »
30 of 46 | Posted by: Kim Pregont - Janesville, WI

“To the Ramsdell family, I send my deepest condolences. I’ll always be reminded of Bill by the smell of homemade bread and the sight of frosty...Read More »
31 of 46 | Posted by: Scott Wyman - Minneapolis, MN

“We are grateful to have the Ramsdell Family in our lives. We are praying for your entire family. ”
32 of 46 | Posted by: Kevin & Dawn Murray - Janesville, WI

“Please accept our sincerest condolences at this time of great loss. Bill was a very special person who touched many people through out his...Read More »
33 of 46 | Posted by: Deb and Al Rebman - Appleton, WI

“I am better to have known Bill and will miss him greatly. Bill, if you're listening, I'll be lighting firecrackers in your honor this week. ”
34 of 46 | Posted by: Michael Muzi - Germantown, WI

“Bill was such a sweet guy and I loved him since being in class with him in high school. Our class reunions won 't be the same without him! He...Read More »
35 of 46 | Posted by: Becky Knipp - Janesville, WI

“Gone way too soon. Was there anyone who had more fun at all our class reunions than Bill?! A great friend with such a unique outlook on life. My...Read More »
36 of 46 | Posted by: Cathy (Damrow) Fishel - WI

“Rest in peace Bill. May your spirit and memories of you, continue to enrich the lives of others for a long, long time. ”
37 of 46 | Posted by: Mark R. Fraser - Bellingham, WA

“To Bill Ramsdell, the richest man in town! Bill you will always hold a special place in my heart. Ramsdell family, thank you for sharing your...Read More »
38 of 46 | Posted by: Janet Garbutt - Wauwatosa, WI

“So long, it's been good to know ya! So long, it's been good to know ya! So long, it's been good to know ya! This dusty ol' dust is a blowin' me...Read More »
39 of 46 | Posted by: Greg Fischer - FORT COLLINS, CO

“There are no words of comfort. Bill was a unique man who burrowed into the hearts of those he met. I will miss him terribly. Lulu ”
40 of 46 | Posted by: Pati - Lulu Stephenson - Fitzgerald - WI

“Where to start relaying all of the positive qualities Bill possessed. His smile, his laughter, his insight and thought-provoking comments are only a...Read More »
41 of 46 | Posted by: Sue Krause Schoeller - Janesville, WI

“Gonna miss ya "Rammer Jammer"... ”
42 of 46 | Posted by: Sparky - Wausau, WI

“Bill was magic and he made a difference in how the class of 1976 connected and related to each other. He facilitated JOY. Such a great guy. We were...Read More »
43 of 46 | Posted by: Judy Sell - Stillwater, MN

“Ramsdell's Family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Bill. At this difficult time I hope your memories of Bill can bring you peace. Keeping...Read More »
44 of 46 | Posted by: Deb Cooper - Fond du Lac, WI

“Bill, I'm so glad that our paths crossed--now many years ago. I'm sorry that your life has ended so soon. Thank you for the gift of your bright...Read More »
45 of 46 | Posted by: Joel Geffen - Fort Wayne, IN

“To all the Ramsdells, Bo and are so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. We are thinking of all of you and your families at this time....Read More »
46 of 46 | Posted by: Holly Klotz - Janesville, WI


William (Bill) Richard Ramsdell, of Corvallis OR, passed away December 31, 2012. He was born at Mercy Hospital in Janesville, WI, April 26, 1957. Bill was raised in Janesville and graduated from Craig High School in 1976. He received a geography and resource management degree from Central Washington University. Bill worked at Trek Bicycle Company in Waterloo, WI, as well as Basics natural foods in Janesville. Bill was employed at the Ellensburg Recycling Center until completion of his degree when he was named the recycling coordinator for Kittitas County, WA. He was also active in recycling and compost education in the Ellensburg area. Bill was an attendant to individuals with cognitive disabilities in Ellensburg and Corvallis. Bill was a freelance videographer and the owner of a video production company Worldview Productions, which specialized in end of life directive videos. Bill had gained skill in metalworking and created welded and fabricated metal artwork. He had a passion for bread making , dutch oven cooking and home brewing and was an active member of Heart of the Valley Homebrew club and the Corvallis Dutch Oven Cookers. Bill was an accomplished toastmaster and emcee and the coordinator of an entertainment stage at the Da Vinci Days celebration in Corvallis. He was an active volunteer at the Unitarian Universalist church in Corvallis. Bill inherited a love of water from his father that manifested in his assembling an impressive armada of rafts, canoes, and kayaks, which he would employ to organize group water outings and events. Bill was a proud and loving father whose face would brighten when discussing or in the presence of his son Michael. Bill desired deep connections with his friends and family and strove towards it openly. Bill's spirit is as colorful and unique as it is generous and loving. His absence leaves a vacuum in the hearts of his family and friends. Bill was preceded in death by his mother Marjorie June Ramsdell(Campbell) and his father Richard Vernon Ramsdell of Janesville, WI. He is survived by his son Michael Anderson, Tacoma, WA.; his siblings Debra Ramsdell (Michael Lang), Bozeman, MT.; James Ramsdell, Bayfield, WI.; Robert (Helene) Ramsdell, Janesville, WI.; Tammy (Gene) Boersma, Madison, WI.; Kathleen (Dan) Mandelas, Ellensburg, WA.; and John (Helen) Ramsdell, Janesville, WI, and beloved nieces and nephews; Phoenix and Ben Ramsdell, Lexy and Dalton Mandelas, Kristy Martinez, Logan and Lauren Ramsdell; stepmother Mary Baban-Ramsdell, and his beloved dogs Marley and Liam. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at the Schneider Apfel Schneider & Schneider Funeral Home and Crematory, Janesville, WI. Friends may visit with family on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the funeral home. For online obituary and registry: www.schneiderfuneraldirectors.com

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