Alton Gordon Ramsey, Jr

Alton Gordon Ramsey, Jr

Birth
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Death 28 Jul 2012 (aged 88)
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 94428347 · View Source
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Madison - Alton Gordon Ramsey, Jr. passed away peacefully on July 28, 2012 from complications following surgery. He is survived by his second wife Caroline Wolenec of Fitchburg, and was preceded in death by his first wife, Rita Jane Vetter Ramsey, in June of 2008.

Al was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1923 to Alton Gordon, Sr. and Ruth (Ferguson) Ramsey and was raised in Chicago. He moved to Madison at the end of WWII, after serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps, and often joked about flying anything that wasn't tied down too tightly during his last posting at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida in 1945. Al was one of six children and outlived all but his loving sister Dorothy of Florida. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Margie, Mary Belle, Elaine and a brother, Tom.

Known in Madison for many years as "Banjo Al", he was an accomplished musician and entertained endless parties, football tailgates and later volunteered his musical talent at Fitchburg Senior Center and many area nursing homes. He also brought his "Globe Trotting Banjo" on his extensive trips with Rita, and played at the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal, and atop an elephant in Nepal. Largely self-taught, he was inducted into the State Historical Society's Stringed Instrument Hall of Fame in 1993.

He was an accomplished graphic and fine artist, and operated a successful graphic art studio throughout his career in Madison. A prolific painter, his works were often award winners at various Madison art shows. Al was a member of the Musicians Local 166 and Christ Memorial Lutheran Church of Fitchburg.

Burial with military honors will follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Madison.

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  • Created by: northernpeach
  • Added: 29 Jul 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 94428347
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alton Gordon Ramsey, Jr (7 Aug 1923–28 Jul 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 94428347, citing Resurrection Cemetery, Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by northernpeach (contributor 47679409) .