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Obituary For

Robert "Bob" Ramsey

02/18/1930 - 12/27/2017

Robert (Bob) Ramsey, 87, a lifelong resident of Bartlesville passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, December 27,  2017, after a short battle with cancer.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 31st at Bartlesville First Church with Pastor Tari Carbaugh officiating with a reception to follow. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Walker-Brown Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert's name can be made to: Bartlesville First Church, 4715 Price Road, Bartlesville, OK 74006.

Robert Clay Ramsey was born on February 18, 1930 at Memorial Hospital in Bartlesville, Oklahoma to William S. Ramsey and Emma C. (Speck) Ramsey.  Robert was always proud of his namesake and Great Grandfather, Henry Clay (First Mayor of Bartlesville) and one of the founding fathers.

Robert completed all his schooling in Bartlesville. He held several jobs as a kid: delivering handbills for the local movie theaters, delivering newspapers on his bike, working at Superior Welding, truck driver delivering gas cylinders and working on the Bill Doenges Ranch.  Robert graduated from Bartlesville College High School in 1947.  He continued his schooling at Oklahoma A&M in Stillwater, graduating with a degree in Animal Husbandry in 1954.  Robert served 2 years in the United States Army at Fort Chaffee near Mansfield, Arkansas.  During his time at Oklahoma A&M he met Loretta C. Sanders and they were married on July 31, 1955 in her hometown of Goltry, Oklahoma.  Following Robert’s military service in Fort Chaffee, they returned to Bartlesville.  Robert began working for Phillips Petroleum Company Research and Development in 1956 until his retirement 30 years later.  They were lifelong members of the First United Methodist Church known now as Bartlesville First Church.  They moved East of Bartlesville in 1960 to their farm where they still reside. 

Robert volunteered thru the years with the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of America, Mutual Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, Concern Center, Tuesday House, multiple Methodist church groups and projects, and various school functions of their children and grandchildren.

Robert helped others by sharing his vast knowledge in multiple areas.  He loved being outside in his garden on the farm and especially enjoyed sharing his produce with friends, his doctors and local shelters/restaurants.  Robert also enjoyed spending time camping, traveling and fishing.

Robert is survived by his wife, Loretta C. Ramsey. Children:  son Bruce Ramsey and wife Kelly of Woodville, Texas, and daughter Karen Schmeling and husband Jeff of Bartlesville, OK.  Grandchildren:  Megan Freed and husband Josh of Beggs, OK.  Allyson Glass and husband Nathan of Bartlesville, OK.  Courtni Jarboe and husband Cody of Stillwater, OK.  Caleb Schmeling of Bartlesville.  Three great grandchildren:  Melanie Glass, Shane Glass, and Jake Jarboe.  Nephews:  Patrick Ramsey, Mark Ramsey, Mike Ramsey.  He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother William S. Ramsey, Jr. and nephews William Ramsey and Jack Ramsey and a niece, Cindy Ramsey. 



Pastor Tari Carbaugh


12/31/2017 08:00 pm
MEMORIAL SERVICE - Bartlesville First Church
4715 Price Road
Bartlesville OK 74006


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  • Posted by Melinda Schmeling from Afton , Oklahoma
    He loved you all so much. He's going to be very missed. Such a wonderful long life lived.
    12/28/2017 at 06:09pm
  • Posted by Tracy Rowe from Bartlesville, Oklahoma
    I had the great pleasure of treating Bob in Physical Therapy at Elder Care. I so looked forward to his stories of working at Phillips and living on the farm. He talked about his family and loved them dearly. Thank you for the memories you shared with us Bob. We will miss you.
    12/29/2017 at 01:04am
  • Posted by Bill Price from Lemont, Illinois
    Bob was a very giving and sharing man. We became very close friends through Boy Scouts when Bob as the Scoutmaster of Troop 15 in Bsrtlesville got me reinvolved in Scouts. He was dedicated to doing things right and always willing to go the extra mile. He started many boys on a great lifetime path. Bob was a wealth of knowledge both practical and intellectual, particularly in the field of science. He applied those traits to leading men and boys toward being practicing Scouts and Scouters. His legacy lives on today and into the future through those with whom he shared his knowledge, expertise and his many traits . Bob loved his wife and family dearly and in addition to caring for others, he first took care of his family assuring they were cared for and provided for. He was surely an active and participating member of his church. Bob will be missed by all who crossed his trail during his life. I certainly will recall his many gifts and be thankful to have had the privilege of knowing and getting to work with Bob.
    01/05/2018 at 10:04pm