Joseph E. Ramsey

By | June 24, 2020

Kind. Good. Loyal. Gentleman. These are but a few words to describe Joseph E. Ramsey, 76, of Wellston, who passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2020, at his home. He was born on Sept. 11, 1943, in Columbus, Ohio, son of the late Charles E. “Singer” and Julia K. (Bellomy) Ramsey.

Joe was a 1962 graduate of Wellston High School. He continued on to serve his country in the United States Air Force in Vietnam. He married Nora Lee Helm on Dec. 16, 1966 and celebrated nearly 54 years of marriage. Joe was quite athletic. He enjoyed both college and high school football. He was a huge supporter of all Wellston athletics and Ohio University basketball. When it came to college football, Joe was an avid Ohio State Buckeye fan but oddly enough was always super critical of their performance, never thinking it good enough to win a game. Joe was also a very good dancer, often times turning on his favorite instrumental 60s music and dancing with Nora Lee as they cleaned the house on Saturday’s… A “family first” kind of guy, and friend to many, Joe will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Nora Lee; daughters, Julia McLain and Melissa Ramsey; grandchildren, Alyssa Josie Ferguson, Thomas Zinn, Christopher Zinn, Alexandra McLain, and Kate McLain; brother-in-law, John (Linda) Helm; as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Ramsey.

A memorial service celebrating Joe’s life will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of R.M. Williams Funeral Service, Wellston, with Pastor Jim Waugh officiating. Military rites will be conducted on site, and private burial will be in Ridgewood Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Memorial contributions in Joe’s name may be made to The Jackson County Dog Pound, or the Jackson County Humane Society. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Please visit to leave a message of condolence, encouragement, or comfort to the family or to view Joe’s online video tribute.