John Preston Ramey, beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, and uncle passed away Friday, June 30, 2023 at the age of 90. He is reunited with his eternal companion, Maxene Ramey, who passed away three years ago, and his daughter Jennifer, who passed in 2009.
John was born in Moyie Springs, Idaho on December 15, 1932 to Edward Albert “Al” Ramey and Grace Myrtle Knight. John was the oldest of five siblings. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers and is survived by a brother and sister.
John graduated from Onalaska High in 1950 and shortly thereafter enlisted in the Air Force for four years. Within a couple weeks of his release, he secured a job with Boeing, where he would be a proud and highly respected autoclave operator until his retirement at age 62.
He met Maxene Booher in the late 50’s, joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and they were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake Temple on October 2, 1961. After over three years of courtship, they shared 59 wonderful years together and were blessed with two beautiful daughters, Diana and Jennifer, whom they adored and were so proud of. Their circle of love grew to include son-in-law, Brian “Bubba” Smith, and three grandchildren, Ella, Ava, and Brock.
John was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many callings. He served as the Young Men’s President, the first counselor in the Elder’s Quorum Presidency, and was a leader in the High Priest Group. For years he served as both ward and later stake Sport’s Director, as well as the Stake Blood Drive Coordinator. His last calling was serving as the priesthood representative for early morning seminary, where the youth affectionately dubbed him “The Mormon Doorman.”
For 40 plus years they lived in the same house in Maple Valley, Washington where they lived a rich and full life. Due to Maxene’s declining health, they moved down to North Ogden, Utah to be near Diana and her family where John enjoyed following his beloved grandchildren’s many activities. John took great pride in going to the gym six days a week and staying as active as possible. After the initial shock of suddenly losing him to natural causes, the loved ones he left behind are comforted that he left this life as he would have wanted: quickly, at home, and in full control of his faculties.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 5, 2023 at 10 a.m. at the Wax Road Building, 19909 SE Wax Road, Maple Valley, WA. 98038. Interment, will take place at Tahoma National Cemetery Friday, August 4, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. where military honors will be accorded.