A Tribute To Our Good Friend And Co-worker, Bill Ramsey

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our good friend and co-worker, Bill Ramsey. Bill went home to be with our Lord on Thursday, February 23rd. Here’s an excerpt from Bill’s testimony that he shared on our website: “Sitting on a floor in 1963 with a bottle of Smirnoff vodka and a picture of Jesus hanging on the wall, I deliberately counted the cost of being a Christian and surrendered my heart and life to Christ. Has life been a rose garden ever since? Of course not. Along with the many victories have been disappointments, failures, etc, but I’ve never regretted the decision I made back in ’63 to serve the Lord. My only regret is that I didn’t choose Him sooner. Thank God for His mercy and His power to save us! What a glorious, wonderful, loving Heavenly Father we have. His love for us is far beyond our comprehension, penetrating the deepest sin and the hardest heart.

Being a part of the NewVision FM ministry has been such a blessing to me. What a joy and privilege it is to be used of the Lord to impact the lives of our dear listeners. Every time I round the last curve on Route 23 and see the NewVision FM tower beacon, I get a chill down my spine. I call it the “Beacon Of Hope”. My hope is to be continually and increasingly used of the Lord at the station.

My hope for you is that the God of all hope is the all-consuming love of your life and that you will call to mind the words of a plaque that my mother gave me as a child: “Only One Life Twill Soon Be Past; Only What’s Done For Christ Will Last”.

Bill will always be remembered as a true prayer warrior and a man of faith. Even when he was struggling with his health issues, he was claiming healing for himself as well as others. He loved people and his passion was to share the love of the Lord with them.

For over 20 years, Bill and his wife, Gloria, hosted the Sounds of Southern Gospel that was heard every Thursday night at 6:30pm on the Music of Our Faith format. He also hosted Afternoon Inspirations, Monday thru Friday at 4:30pm on WXML. He also served as the Account Manager for several years, where he worked closely with our Office Manager, Missy Garverick. Missy nicknamed him PaPa Bill, and you could hear them laughing and carrying on during the day. He was a joy to be around and he will be greatly missed. Jon Bowlus shared this thought, “Bill and I were great friends and we were definitely
brothers. We would get into some interesting and sometimes heated discussions, just like brothers would
sometimes do. He loved hearing my fish stories and truthfully, I loved sharing them with him. Bill wanted to go fishing with me, but because of his balance issues, he declined. There were many times I would invite him to come fish with me at a pond at the Upper Sandusky Harrison-Smith Park. He finally agreed and he caught several carp and catfish. He was catching them so fast that I wasn’t able to fish, because I was rebaiting his hooks all the time. It was so wonderful to see him enjoying himself.”

Bill was born in Fostoria, Ohio, on May 31, 1936, to Clarence Leland and Eva Marie (Notestine) Ramsey. He was first married to Pamala Reidling and is survived by his wife Gloria (Smith) Ramsey of Upper Sandusky. Bill is also survived by his children, Bryan Ramsey of Texas, Renee (Jason) Snyder of Findlay, stepchildren, Brian Perrine, Dawn (Christopher) Hoeig, and Jennifer (Charles) Clouse, all of Tiffin, 13 grandchildren, and 24 great grandchildren. Bill is also survived by his brother Joseph Ramsey of Findlay. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, brother David Ramsey, and his sister Janet Ramsey. Bill graduated from the Fostoria High School, class of 1954. He played the French horn and trumpet, and he sang in the church choir at Hope Temple. Bill went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps where he was a radio operator.

Bill was the accounts manager at WXML Upper Sandusky for many years. He enjoyed taking trips to Amish Country – especially during the fall to see the leaves changing color and going to Lake Erie. He also enjoyed going out to eat (especially to Tim Horton’s and Der Dutchman) often. Bill loved early mornings, and he was an avid fan of OSU and the Dallas Cowboys, and he loved movies.

Bill was a longtime member of Community Christian Center in Upper Sandusky, and he trained to be a missionary and served in Japan.

Here’s some comments from friends and listeners:

“Floyd and I are so thankful we got to know this man who loved Jesus and had a heart for missions.”

“When I first became a Christian in 2009, Bill’s voice was one of the first ones I heard. The messages and way he talked really moved my soul. I will never forget his voice, it was medicine to my new Christian soul and the first radio voice that mattered to me. He helped me grow as a Christian and I’m forever grateful!”

“I always enjoyed listening to Bill. What a wonderful man of God. He and Gloria were such a blessing and encouragement to our daughter, Molly, as she sang for the Lord. Bill was so sweet to invite her to the studio to interview her and played her music many times. What a blessing to so many people. Bill will be missed but so thankful he is with Jesus now.”

“Bill and I shared a special relationship that started with a prayer on-air many years ago….. I called in to the ministry and Bill was on the answering board that night…..I shared my request and he prayed right there with me…..after sharing some history with each other he shared that in the 60s he lived in my home town of North Baltimore Ohio…..and we’ve been friends since that night……my biggest attractions to Bill was his love of the Lord and that one-of- a-kind voice…..he was tailor-made for WXML, NewVision FM ministry.”