William Henry “Rick” Ramseur, Jr., died February 13, 2013 at his Traverse City, Michigan home. Born June 3, 1932 in Hot Springs, Arkansas, he was the only child of Bertha Rose (Phillipi) and William Henry Ramseur, Sr. Rick was raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He graduated from Hot Springs High School and then attended the University of Arkansas, earning his Bachelor’s Degree in 1954.
Following graduation from the university, Rick joined the Group Department of Aetna Life Insurance Company as a Home Office Representative. His first assignment was in San Francisco, California, where Rick achieved outstanding success in sales of Employee Benefits to west coast companies. In 1965, Rick was transferred to the Aetna’s Corporate Office where, using his business knowledge and strong interpersonal skills, he continued to achieve superior results. In the late 1980’s, with an excellent reputation and respect throughout the organization, Rick was asked to assume a critical role in Field Management as Aetna moved to a managed care organization. Rick retired as an Assistant Vice President in 1991, completing 37 years of outstanding service to Aetna Life and Casualty.
Rick is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary Gaylord Keator Ramseur, his daughters and sons-in-law, Liza (Bullard) and John Shaban of Redding, CT, Gretchen (Bullard) and Tobin Fraser of Traverse City, MI and Allison (Bullard) and Eddie O’Keefe of Traverse City, MI. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, Jack, Henry and Danny Shaban, Sierra, Wiley and Payson Fraser, and Katherine and Nicholas O’Keefe.
Loyalty, genuine friendship and engaging interest in colleagues were hallmarks of his leadership that will be remembered by his friends of many years. Rick would remain an avid Razorback his entire life. He navigated BBQ joints as well as he navigated a golf course.
At Rick’s request, there will be a private family celebration of his life on Friday, February 22, 2013. Stories about Rick or messages for the family can be directed to Gay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice and sent to Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation, 210 Beaumont Place, Traverse City, MI 49684 or www.munsonhealthcare.org or to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997 or www.tchospice.org.
The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Traverse City, MI where thoughts, photos and condolences can be posted at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
—by the family