Walter Paul Ramseyer

December 15, 1949 ~ September 3, 2023 (age 73) 73 Years Old


A gentle, loving and kind man passed away Sunday, September 3rd, 2023. Walter Paul Ramseyer, son of Bob and Della Patterson Ramseyer of Millersburg lost his 4-year valiant battle with lung cancer. He was born December 15, 1949. He attended Holmesville Elementary, Millersburg Junior High, and West Holmes High School in the class of 1968. He then attended The Ohio State University, studying Horticulture and landscape Design. After graduating in 1972, he returned to Millersburg to join the business his father started, The Holmes Cheese company, as the Cheesemaker. He was an excellent Cheesemaker, and very proud of the product he made.

In 1975 he married Lydia Joan Van Sickle, on July 25th, his mother's birthday. They were married for 48 years.

Walter was very active in Boy Scouting for 40 years. He began as a Boy Scout, earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He became Scoutmaster of troop #358. He was awarded Scouter of the year in 1992. Walter attended three National Jamborees in Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. The last one he attended with his sons, who were both Eagle Scouts at the time. He was very proud of the achievements his sons earned and Scouting.

Walter was an excellent trapper and fisherman. He loved fishing in Florida, the Bahamas and Canada. He spent at least 30 Falls in Canada with his best fishing partner his brother Dick, his sons, his nephews and friends.

Walter and Lydia bred Hungarian Vizsla Bird Dogs. It was one of their joys in life. They started in 1979, and they still own the breed today. One of their dogs earned AKC championships in Canada and the United States.

He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Millersburg, where he served on the Church Council and taught Sunday School. Walter had a strong faith, and loved his Lord and Savior Jesus The Christ. He belonged to the Millersburg Jaycees when they were still active. He and Lydia belonged to the Blue Ridge Land Rover Club in Parkersburg, West Virginia. It instilled their love for off road adventures, and turned them into Rover people.

Walter and his family were instrumental in funding the refurbishing of The James Crissey Memorial Swimming Pool in Millersburg.

Walter is survived by his wife, Lydia, sons: Walter Johannes "Hans" Ramseyer and Aaron Van (Stacey) Ramseyer. He adored his grandchildren: Ethan, Hadyn, Ana, Liam, Lili, Owen, and Bennet. All a new generation of Ramseyers. His brothers: twins, Robert and Dr. Richard (Bonnie) Ramseyer; his sister, Alice (Tom) Wolfe; a brother-in-law, Richard Van Sickle; a sister-in-law, Linda (Van Sickle) Boyd (Bob); sister-in-law, Patricia (Van Sickle) Stephan; and brother-in-law, Mickey Schmid. His dogs and truck buddies: Willow and Cooper and his cat Susie.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Johnny; and a daughter-in-law, Ellie (DeMarco) Ramseyer, who he was very close to.

Also surviving are many cousins, nephews and nieces. He was fortunate getting to know his cousins and many friends in Switzerland, his father's homeland, that he loved.

He had so many friends and cared deeply for them all .

The family would like to thank Dr. J. Prah, Dr. Cyril Ofori, the Millersburg Emergency Squad, and the staff of the Emergency Room at Pomerene Hospital. Also The Infusion Staff at The Ohio State James Center in Wooster, and the Imaging Department for taking such good care of him.

Walter will be interred at a later date in the peaceful cemetery in Welcome.

Plant a tree in memory of him. He would love that. From the smallest acorn the mighty Oak Tree grows.

No more pain.

From Aaron: My father was a son of a Swiss immigrant. His mother was a native of Holmesville. Cheesemaking was life for them. Dad loved the outdoors, so much so that he dedicated much of his free time to Boy Scouts. I do not think Dad had any enemies. He loved gardening, fishing and the outdoors. I believe his ultimate passion was farming, beef cattle especially. Many summers making hay with Dad - the Miller Lite never tasted so good. He was a master of backing in a hay wagon, and anyone can tell you that is no easy feat.

Dad was very militant in his ways, so routine. Dad loved trees, being a horticulture major from The Ohio State University. He was proud of his alma mater, and many good memories he shared. When I went to college he said "make schoolwork your job, and then have fun."

How do you sum up a man's life in words? It is just not possible. All I can say is that Dad loved life, he relished in the good things. He had all the money, but did not care. He wore the same Carhart shirts and jeans forever. He did not care for fancy things. My Dad helped so many people, known and unknown. He took advantage of this world in a positive way, and gave love. I will always be proud to be his son, he made many sacrifices to ensure we would be okay. His spirit lives on through his family and his friends. Until we meet on some pond or lake fishing Dad...

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