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Robert Eugene Ramage
March 3, 1935 ~ October 14, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old
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Robert Eugene “Bob” Ramage, age 88, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 14, 2023 surrounded by family at his home in Fulton, Maryland.
Born March 3, 1935 in Kuttawa, Kentucky (Lyon County), son of the late Forest Preston Ramage and Annie Ernestine (King) Ramage, he graduated from Lyon County Junior - Senior High School and moved to Columbus, Ohio in 1953, where he started a job as a machinist at North American Aviation. Bob left Columbus and moved to Washington, D.C. in 1954, where he started a new job as an Administrative Office Assistant at the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) in 1955. In 1957, he took a position as Payroll Clerk at Moses-Echo construction and joined the 113th Wing DC Air National Guard, White House Squadron. Bob began his career at the National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort George Meade in 1958, where he would remain until his retirement in 1990. In August of 1959, Bob and his bride Mary Magdaline (Creamer) “Maggie” Ramage were wed, and in 1962 moved to their new house in Laurel, Maryland. Their son, Franklin, was born in 1964 and their daughter, Valerie, followed in 1966. The family moved to their home in Fulton, Maryland in 1978.
In his High School years, Bob was a skilled basketball player, and his adult years were filled with softball leagues and his ultimate love: golf. His official certificate attesting to his “perfect shot” hole-in-one at the Fort Meade Golf Course in September of 1992 is displayed at home, along with the hole three flag from that same course where he played many rounds with friends and coworkers.
Bob and Maggie’s children and their friends all benefitted from his athletic skill and dedication through his years of volunteer coaching for the Laurel Boys and Girls Club. He launched his son Frank’s career in computers with the purchase of one of the first personal computers in 1978, and his daughter’s love of horses with her first horse, Dutchess.
A native son of Kentucky, Bob was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by the governor of Kentucky, Julian Carroll, on March 3, 1976. He was also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America.
Bob leaves a legacy of devoted care to his surviving wife of 64 years, Maggie; his son, Frank; his daughter, Valerie Melton (Pete) of Scranton, South Carolina; his sister, Barbara Moore of Grove City, Ohio; his brother, Danny Ramage (Mary) of Nashville, Tennessee; his brother, Jimmy Ramage (Becky) of Princeton, Kentucky; grandchildren Crystal Schaeffer (Nick), William “Stevie” Oliff (Becca), Sandy Price, and Samantha Price; and great grandchildren Brady and Tyler Schaeffer and Tucker and Grant Oliff.
Bob was preceded in death by his sister, Chris Luben; sister, Jean Dycus; sister, Virginia Darst; brother, Raymond Ramage; and sister, Janice Knight.
In lieu of flowers a donation to the American Heart Association or The Wounded Warriors Project are appreciated.