FRANKLIN GROVE — Donald C. Ramsdell, 95, of Franklin Grove, died, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at Franklin Grove Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Franklin Grove. He was a lifelong farmer in the Franklin Grove area.
Ramsdell was born April 18, 1917 in Franklin Grove, the son of Charles L. and Caroline E. (Herwig) Ramsdell. He married Hildegard Emma Gantzert on May 7, 1950 in Sterling. She preceded him in death on Dec. 31, 1982.
Donald was a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church, Franklin Grove, the Rock River Grange, Forreston Sheep Breaders, and raised pure-bred sheep for 80+ years. Donald served in the U.S. Army during WWII.
Survivors include two sons, Charles Ramsdell, and Paul Ramsdell, both of Franklin Grove; one daughter, Phyllis (Michael) Sutton, of Dixon; one sister, Frances Lippert, of Dixon; and two grandsons, Patrick and Donald Sutton.
He was also preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, in infancy.
Visitation will be 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Franklin Grove, and from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, with the Rev. Myron Bartell, pastor, and Rev. Jack Briggs, co-officiating. Burial will be in Franklin Grove Cemetery, Franklin Grove.
Memorials have been established to St. Paul Lutheran Church, Franklin Grove; Franklin Preservation Area; Kreider Services, Dixon; and the Lee Co. 4-H Foundation sheep department.
Condolences may be sent to www.prestonschillingfuneralhome.com.