Michael Leroy Ramsey, 62, of Colstrip, Montana, died Saturday, May 6th, 2017, doing what he loved at the Rosebud Mine in Colstrip, Montana.
Mike was born February 3, 1955, in Tacoma, Washington. He graduated from WF West High School, in Chehalis, Washington, in 1973. He joined the US Navy, serving 3 years, where he proudly was a boatswain’s mate in Fort Hueneme, California. He served on the USS Norton Sound. He returned to his hometown of Chehalis, Washington, and worked for L&E Bottling. He worked for many years, long haul truck driving, eventually landing his dream job for Transalta Mining Co. in Chehalis, Washington. The Mines Closure in 2006 led him to Montana to work at the Rosebud Mine, where he worked until his death.
In his younger days, Mike enjoyed playing men’s slow-pitch. He loved classic cars and NASCAR Races. Mike loved and treasured the friendships he developed over his lifetime. In his later years he developed a deep love for Eastern Montana and the people that surrounded him there.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elton and Vivian Ramsey.
He is survived by his wife, of 20 years, Donna, of Colstrip; sister, Karen (Ron) Boquist; son, Jayce Ramsey; uncle, Les (Jill) Ramsey, step-daughters, Corinne (Paul) Williams, Sarah (Steve) Burdick; 6 grandchildren: Jaiden Ramsey, Brandon (Amanda) Williams, Brooke (Jeremy Caesar) Williams, Spencer Sawyer, and Sadie Burdick; and 2 great grandsons, Paxton and Rowan Williams; along with numerous cousins.
It has been requested that all miners please wear your safety green shirts in honor of Mike.