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.
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pat & george riedel says
Donna and Family — so sorry for your loss. he was a good man
Cheri Fulton says
What a gem he was! I’m sure he has the pearly gates all spit shined and polished. Rest In Peace my friend
My deepest sympathy for your loss. May Jehovah, the God of all comfort, strengthen and comfort you with His promise to undo death and to soon end all our suffering. (Rev. 21:3-5; 2Cor. 1:3) May His promises be a soothing balm for your heavy hearts.
Phil & Debbie Baney says
So sorry for your loss Donna and family our thoughts and prayers are with you all
Deryl & Tracee Raymond-Waples says
Donna & family,
We were so sorry to hear about the accident. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers! Mike will be dearly missed! If there is anything at all that you need or that we can do to help please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Patti Hatfield-Larson says
Donna, my prayers are with you. Mike was a lifelong friend of many. There are no words. Your grief. Your time. Your way. Hugs.
Kathy burdick says
Donna my prayers are with you and our family. Mike will be missed. He loved you very much and the spiritual growth you two had was in my opinion one of the greatest thing I had the pleasure to witness. Sending my love
Donna so sorry for your loss. We’re keeping you in our prayers.
Chris George says
Fair seas and following winds,Sailor.
Until we meet again……
Lynn Rotenberry Rosebud Foods says
I am sorry for your loss. May God comfort you during your time of sorrow!
Don and Paula Peplow says
Donna, Colstrip was blessed the day you and Mike moved to town. Your positive attitudes and love of Colstrip are heart warming. May the many memories of Mike warm your heart each day!
Bradly Coates says
I’m so sorry Donna and family, I worked with Mike for many years on crew 2 and He was always ahead, it was a struggle to keep up with Mike but he loved what he did and was always happy. I remember how clean he liked his truck and you bet it was spotless when coming on shift .
Shirley Sommerfeld and My Dad Alfred Sommerfeld says
Donna, My Dad and I are truly heart broken to hear of the loss of Michael your dear sweet caring husband. ..he will be truly missed. ..we are praying for you and your family during this time of sorrow. ..We love you and please let us know if you need anything or if we can help you and your family in any way. ..
Al & Shirley Ann Sommerfeld says
Dear Donna and family you have our deepest sympathy at the loss of your dear husband Mike. He is with his Lord now and out of pain. May God Bless and Comfort you.
Joe cavin says
Donna I’m so sorry for your loss I’m praying for you all.
Chad and melissa Warnken says
We love you Donna and send our prayers.
Mike was a great man, friend and he will be missed.
We can’t make the service but I know it will be filled with love and support for you in this difficult time .
Chad , melissa and the boys
John and Barb Groom says
Prayers to the Ramsey Family. So Sorry for your loss and May the Good Lord Bless and Guide you through this troubling time.
Donna and the Ramsey Family,
Passion and sympathy thoughts to you for your recent loss of a dear love one that has touch and leaving you with precious thoughts and memories to cherish everyday as sunrise bright to sunset beauty with night lights radiating the light to experience. During this time of Mike celebration remembrance plus faith continue growth and prayers for you and those around you comfort.
Bo Lyon says
Donna & your whole family, you are all in our thoughts and prayers! May God wrap His loving arms around you and give you peace & comfort during this time of loss. Love, hugs and prayers!
Bo & Gary Lyon
Nancy Foley says
to The family of Michael Ramsey. My family sends their deepest sympathy to you. Our thoughts and prayers goes out to you. John 5:29.
Janice Porter says
Dearest Donna, May the Lord give you the extra measure of strength you need, the peace He promises and the Hope of reunion, above all. Please know that Townsend is a good midway stop as you travel through and we welcome you with open arms!
Special blessings, too, to Coco & Sarah and their families during this difficult time.
Love to all,
Janice & Tom Porter
david spring says
Donna, David Spring, I am truly sorry to hear of Mikes Death I knew him when I was we were kids, I sold him and his dad a go-cart, an thus started our friendship, I lived on Bishop Rd. in Chehalis just a couple miles toward town. I moved to Calif. in 1967 and did visit once after at their Ramsey Rd. home.
I tried to contact in 2001 during burial of my mother Louise Spring in Clayquato (spelling) cemetary.
We enjoyed playing base ball in their fields, me Fred Zumble and Mike, lots of good memories riding Mikes Tohatsu 55 motorcycle up and down their road.. bicycle riding .. model building.
I attended W.F. West until 1967 and you can find me in that year book.
David Spring, Sonora Ca. 95370