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Robert Gerald (Jerry) Ramsey Sr., age 77, passed away at his home in Hallieford on Feb. 1, 2018.

He was born in Norfolk, on March 22, 1940 to the late Harry E. Ramsey Sr. and Kathleen S. Ramsey. In addition to his parents, Jerry was predeceased by his wife, Jahn Thomas Ramsey. 

Survivors include a son, Robert G. Ramsey Jr. and his wife Rhonda Hudgins Ramsey of Mathews, and a daughter, Elizabeth Jahn Ramsey of Norfolk; two grandchildren (whom he adored), Abigail Jahn Ramsey and Jackson Turpin Ramsey of Mathews; brothers, Dr. Harry E. Ramsey Jr. and his wife Mary Lyall of Norfolk, and David L. Ramsey and his wife Kate of St. Augustine, Florida. He is also survived by a sister, Kathleen Marshall and her husband Bill of Norfolk. In addition, Mr. Ramsey will be remembered by many nieces and nephews, extended family, neighbors and friends.

Jerry was raised in Ocean View enjoying all things related to the water. He graduated from Granby High School in 1958 and attended Old Dominion College.

Mr. Ramsey enlisted in the Army serving three tours of duty in Vietnam. During his career he was a member of the Special Forces, Ranger Qualified and earned his wings as an UH-1 helicopter pilot. He received numerous awards and recognition for his service. After leaving active duty, Jerry was an accomplished builder/independent contractor who loved and lived life to the fullest. His family was the most important thing in his life, spending time with his grandchildren, sharing with them his love of the Piankatank and nature.

He will always be remembered for his honesty, generosity, kindness, love, friendliness and his strong work ethic.

The family received friends Monday, Feb. 5 from 6-8 p.m. at Faulkner Funeral Homes, Foster-Faulkner Chapel in Mathews. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Salem United Methodist Church in Diggs. Burial followed with military honors at Windsor Gardens Cemetery, Dutton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jahn Ramsey Scholarship Fund at Bayside Youth Ballet, P.O. Box 217, Topping, Va. 23169.