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September 1, 1929 ~ July 2, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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Donald L Rampy, 93, of Hanna City, IL, passed away peacefully on July 2, 2023, at OSF Richard L. Owens Hospice Home in Peoria, IL.
He was born on September 1, 1929, in Callao, MO, he was the son of Glen and Thelma Hayden Rampy of Edina, MO. Don married Donna Ausmus on September 4, 1954. Donna passed away on October 6, 2013. His brothers, Billie Jo, Harold, Bob, Gerry, and Richard, and two sisters, Betty and Sandra; one daughter, Vicki Rampy; and one granddaughter Sarah Miller also preceded him in death.
Surviving are two daughters, Janis (Jim) Bohannon of East Peoria, IL, and Debra (Jim) Schultheis of Hanna City, IL; two brothers, Larry of Ft. Madison, IA, Jack (Carol) of Madison, IN; and four grandchildren, Erin Curley, Ross Curley, Nicholas Miller, Ashley Fowler. Don also was survived by three great-grandchildren; Gavin Miller, Phoenix Miller, and Ryder Curley; and several nieces and nephews.
In 1951, Donald enlisted in the Air Force, where he spent three years until beginning his career with Caterpillar Tractor Co. in East Peoria, IL, where he worked for 30 years, retiring in 1984.
After retiring, he and Donna moved from Washington, IL, to the Lake of the Ozarks, MO, where he enjoyed his life of boating, fishing, stained glass, riding his various motorcycles, watching the St. Louis Cardinals, visiting family nearby, and hosting anyone who dropped by to see him for a bit or maybe a week or two. He didn't care as he was living his best life. Unfortunately, as time passed, Don and Donna began to have some health issues, so they moved closer to their girls. They found a home in East Peoria, IL, where they resided until Donna became ill and passed away on her birthday in 2013.
Don lived alone for five years until he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. In 2018, he went to live with his daughter, Debra, and her husband, Jim, for the next 4 ½ years in Hanna City, IL. Jim and Don were inseparable in that they spent the majority of their time together. When it came time for Don to enter Richard Owens Hospice Home, Jim drove him there. Don thanked him and smiled as if to say, "he was going home now." He passed quietly and peacefully five days later.