Cecil Victor Frank Ramsey, 71, of Battle Creek, passed away Saturday, November 12, 2022 with his loving wife, Barbara, by his side. Cecil was born June 20, 1951 in Battle Creek to John and Lilah (Cameron) Ramsey.
After graduation from Battle Creek Central High School in 1969, Cecil joined the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17. He served his country proudly during the Vietnam War and always loved the distinction of being a Marine. After being honorably discharged, Cecil returned to Battle Creek and began his career at the Kellogg Company, retiring after 30 years of service.
Cecil was an avid University of Michigan, Detroit Tigers and Lions fan. Always wanting to see the Lions go to the playoff and always being disappointed.
Cecil played adult league baseball at Bailey Park, loved gardening, deer and turkey hunting, and fishing and boating at his summer place on Gun Lake. He loved winters in Florida, walking the beach, collecting sharks teeth, driving his gator and his big red truck. Cecil found pleasure in the simple things in life, volunteering at the Food Pantry, grilling steaks, chatting with friends and loving his family.
He was 39 years old when he found and married the love of his life, his lovebug Barbie. His devotion to his family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren was evident in his love, generosity and kindness.
Cecil attended Bellevue Baptist Church for many years and had a strong love and faith for the Lord.
Cecil was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lilah Ramsey. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; children, James (Charissa) and Julie (B.J.); grandchildren, Amber (Mikey), Andrew, Hunter and Kate; great-grandchildren, Eva, Nova, Eleanora, two sisters, Jane Prigun and Patty Ramsey and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Wednesday, November 16, 2022 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, where funeral services to celebrate Cecil's life will be 11:30 a.m., Thursday, November 17, 2022. Interment with full military honors will follow at Fort Custer National Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the South Michigan Food Bank or the Bellevue Baptist Church. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.