Traverse City Record-Eagle

February 17, 2013

William Henry 'Rick' Ramseur Jr.

Traverse City Record-Eagle

---- — TRAVERSE CITY — William Henry “Rick” Ramseur Jr. died Feb. 13, 2013, at his Traverse City home. Born June 3, 1932, in Hot Springs, Ark., he was the only child of Bertha Rose (Phillipi) and William Henry Ramseur Sr.

Rick was raised in Hot Springs, Ark. He graduated from Hot Springs High School and then attended the University of Arkansas, earning his bachelor’s degree in 1954.

Following graduation from the university Rick joined the Group Department of Aetna Life Insurance Company as a home office representative. His first assignment was in San Francisco, Calif., where Rick achieved outstanding success in sales of employee benefits to west coast companies. In 1965, Rick was transferred to the Aetna’s corporate office where, using his business knowledge and strong interpersonal skills, he continued to achieve superior results. In the late 1980s, with an excellent reputation and respect throughout the organization, Rick was asked to assume a critical role in field management as Aetna moved to a managed care organization. Rick retired as an assistant vice president in 1991, completing 37 years of outstanding service to Aetna Life and Casualty.

Rick is survived by his wife of 40 years, Mary Gaylord Keator Ramseur; and his daughters and sons-in-law, Liza (Bullard) and John Shaban, of Redding, Conn., Gretchen (Bullard) and Tobin Fraser, of Traverse City, and Allison (Bullard) and Eddie O’Keefe, of Traverse City. He is also survived by eight grandchildren, Jack, Henry and Danny Shaban, Sierra, Wiley and Payson Fraser, and Katherine and Nicholas O’Keefe.

Loyalty, genuine friendship and engaging interest in colleagues were hallmarks of his leadership that will be remembered by his friends of many years. Rick would remain an avid Razorback his entire life. He navigated BBQ joints as well as he navigated a golf course.

At Rick’s request, there will be a private family celebration of his life on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013.

Stories about Rick or messages for the family can be directed to Gay at

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to hospice and sent to Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation, 210 Beaumont Place, Traverse City, MI 49684 (; or to Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 SE Indian Street, Stuart, FL 34997 (

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The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Traverse City.