Melvin Charles Ramsey, 67, passed away peacefully at his home in Prairie du Sac on December 14, 2021.
He was born in Baraboo on November 11, 1954, son of the late Abe and Elaine (Dumke) Ramsey. Melvin attended Baraboo High School; after high school Melvin enlisted in the United States Army at the age of 17 with permission from his mother. He served in the United States Army and later in the Reserve Army. While stationed at Fort. Hood, Texas, he served as an aircraft and helicopter mechanic; Melvin was fortunate enough to be able to enjoy his Badger Honor Flight in April 2017. Upon his return from service, Melvin attended and graduated from MATC where he earned an associate degree in auto mechanics. He began his career as a mechanic at George Holmes Tire, then Kayser Ford at Madison and Union Cab until his health no longer allowed him to work. Melvin married Janet McKeegan on January 21, 1985 in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Melvin loved the outdoors, archery with his brother Marvin, and fishing with anyone who wanted to go, but he especially enjoyed it when his granddaughter, Jade, joined him. A recent fishing trip to Arkansas and Missouri will be remembered. He had a weakness for animals and was known to have many pets, including squirrels, turtles, fish, and rabbits. Melvin liked to tip a few beers with his friends and family; but his willingness to help friends and family will be remembered whenever they needed a helping hand with a car or motorbike. Mel loved to ride motorcycles and did so until the last few years when he couldn’t anymore.
He is survived by his wife, Janet; their children, Jason “JJ” (Sydney Russell) Ramsey, Brooke Ramsey, Melanie Ramsey and her granddaughter, Jade Reeves.
Melvin is also survived by his son, Peter Good; grandchildren Andrea Holloway, Ryan Good, Justin Good, Miranda Good, Katie Good, Abbie Good; and great-grandchildren Alyus Gerrish, Iraya Fultz and Elijah Good.
Melvin is also survived by his siblings Marianne Lehmann, Walter (Donna) Ramsey and Ron (Mary) Ramsey, several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Christopher; his brother Marvin; and brother-in-law Fred Lehman.
Janet and her family would like to express their appreciation to Agrace’s wonderful caregivers, Kevin (IA), Mary (CNA) and Katie (social worker); and Amanda (RN) from UW Health Hepatology. Special thanks to Melvin’s daughter, Brooke, for taking care of her father and keeping him comfortable at home.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Hooverson Funeral Home, 251 Water St., Sauk City. A visit will take place from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Military honors will be awarded by Lachmund-Cramer VFW Post 7694.
Online condolences can be made at hooversonfuneralhomes.com
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