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Don Freeman Rampy
Ellis County Newspaper
March 2003

Don Freeman Rampy was born February 26, 1939, in Abilene, Tex., to James an dClara Mae (Webb) Rampy.

Don was the beloved husband of Karen, son of James and Clara Rampy, and son-in-law to Leston and Viola Stout. He was the dear father of six children - Christopher Don, James Leston, Karen DXenise, Terisa Mae, Justin Wayne and Cheryl Ann - and grandfather of seven grand-children (with one on the way). He was also the brother of Trey, Aubrey, Bill, JoBeth, Onita, Janette, and Willa. Don joined the U.S. Air Force on October 10, 1956, and released from active duty on September 27, 1960, followed by two years of Active Reserves until October 9, 1962. While in the service, Don received his diplome in Outside Wire/Antennae Systems and the Office Machine Repaiman Course. Something Don's children were surprised to learn was that Don received a Second Place Winner award in Theatrics while serving in the Air Force. It wa no surprise to also learn that whil attending Lelia Lake, Don received the Popularity award during the school year 1950-1951. There are many things we can tell you about Don't live. A prince among men, he was also the hardest worker you'd ever see. There was not a day that went by where he didn't have a major project in the works-and he always made sure it was completed and flawless. Don gained the respect of many people during his life-his co-workers, subordinates, those in authority over him, and especially his family. Much to the devastation and heartbreak of Don's family, he was diagnosed with Esophageal Cancer in January of 2002. During the course of a little over a year, we witnessed a man who has truly been the streength and anchor of our family, suffer from a disease that claims the lives of so many. Don fought with his whole heart and might against this unseen foe, and though he received the prayers and supplications of many people, especially those closest to him, the Lord had other plans for him. On Saturday, March 22, 2003, at the young age of 64, in Aurora, Colo., Don was called home to be with the Lord. Funeral services wer conducted Thursday, March 27, 2003 at 1:00 p.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, Higgins, Tex., with Jim Bob Thomas officiating. Interment was in the Higgins Cemetery, Higgins, Tex., with the Altus Air Force Military Guard conducting Military Rites with the Mason Funeral Home of Shattuck in charge of arrangements.

Submitted by: Judy


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