Richard Allen "Dick" Rampy, 86, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at his residence, surrounded by his family.
He was born on July 22, 1933, in Brashear, Mo., the son of the late Glen Tyhurst Rampy and Thelma Goldie Hayden Rampy.
He was married on Aug. 10, 1952, in Brunswick, Mo., to Juanita Margaret Tate, who survives at the home.
Mr. Rampy was a 1951 graduate of Edina (Mo.) High School, where he excelled as an athlete in basketball, track and softball. He served in the United States Navy, and in 2012 he was recognized to participate in the Veteran Honor Flight to Washington D.C.
Starting at the age of 12, he shined shoes in a barber shop in Edina and worked at the soda counter of a drug store while he completed his high school education. This began his life-long example of a strong work ethic. His professional career began with P.N. Hirsch and Co., for which he later supervised 30 stores until they were bought by Dollar General. He then owned and operated Rampy's Clothiers in Hannibal for 13 years until retiring in 1996.
While in Hannibal he was an active layman at Arch Street United Methodist Church, where he served in the choir, was chairman of the Administrative Board, and was involved in many other capacities. He was also instrumental in establishing the Hannibal "Discover Downtown" Association.
After residing 37 years in Hannibal, Mr. Rampy and his wife moved to Jefferson City, where they were active members of First United Methodist Church and faithful singers in the church choir. Dick was an exceptional golfer, loved woodworking, coin collecting and fishing. He was especially fond of board games, marbles and playing cards with his friends and family.
The Missouri House of Representatives honored Mr. and Mrs. Rampy with a resolution on the occasion of their 65th wedding anniversary.
Other survivors include four children, Sherry Lynn (Gart) Pollard, Osage Beach, Mo., Stephen Tate (Tracy) Rampy, Lenexa, Kan., Susan Joy (Steve) Stegeman, Jefferson City, Mo., and Scott Tyler (Sandra Jo) Rampy, Bentonville, Ark.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren, with one more due in March; three siblings, Don Rampy, Peoria, Ill., Jack (Carol) Rampy, Madison, Ind., and Larry Rampy, Fort Madison, Iowa; one sister-in-law, Barbara Rampy, Moberly, Mo.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Gerry Rampy; Harold Rampy; and Bob Rampy; an infant brother, Billy Jo Rampy; and two sisters, Betty Wiley and Sandra Rampy.
Visitation will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson City, followed by a Celebration of Life at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Trevor Dancer officiating.
Interment will be in Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Jacksonville, Mo., at a later date.
Memorials are suggested to First United Methodist Church – Music Ministry, 201 Monroe St., Jefferson City, MO 65101; Central Missouri Honor Flight, 1400 Forum Boulevard, Box 334, Columbia, MO 65203; Hospice Compassus of Jefferson City Living Foundation, 600 Monroe St., Jefferson City, MO 65101; Rampy MS Research Foundation, P.O. Box 1871, Bentonville, AR 72712; or Special Olympics Missouri, 305 Special Olympics Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65101.
Dulle-Trimble Funeral Home in Jefferson City, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.
Those wishing to send tributes or condolences to the family may do so at www.dulletrimble.com.