Clifford D. “Cliff” Ramsey

Clifford D. “Cliff” Ramsey, age 81, of Philip, South Dakota, died Saturday, January 12, 2013, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.
Clifford D. Ramsey was born May 13, 1931, in Philip, South Dakota, the son of Claude and Hilda (Sether) Ramsey. He attended Philip High School and as a junior, was part of the undefeated, un-scored upon football team. He graduated from Philip High School in 1950.
Cliff’s dad died when he was 13, so Cliff assisted in running his parents’ ranch at a young age. After high school he remained at the ranch.
Cliff was united in marriage to Rita Urban on July 25, 1951, in Pierre; and to this union was born four children Doug, Bart, Vicki and Gary.
They remained on the ranch all their 61 years of marriage. He loved the family, outdoors, and hunting. He cherished the time he was able to spend with all of them. Cliff still has the state record Mule deer.
Cliff was a member of the United Church of Philip, a school board member, and church board member for many years.
Grateful for having shared his life include his wife, Rita of Philip; three sons, Doug Ramsey and his wife Phyllis of Sundance, Wyoming, Bart Ramsey and his wife Marcy of Philip and Gary Ramsey and his wife Amber of Colstrip, Montana; one daughter, Vicki Eide and her husband Marvin of Philip; nine grandchildren, Brittany (Scott), Michelle (Nick), Krystal, Cara (Brook), Chad (Paulette), Carla, Christa (Trevor), Chelsea (Tyler), Taylor; 15 great-grandchildren, Jordan, Haley, Ramsey, Peyton, Caden, Wyatt, Charlee, Kiley, Taegan, Brayden, Keagan, Colby, Jensen, Rayler and Aven; one sister, Hazel Thompson of Spearfish, South Dakota; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Urban of Philip; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Cliff was preceded in death by his parents and one brother Chuck Ramsey.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at the American Legion Hall in Philip, with Pastor Kathy Chesney officiating.
A memorial has been established to the Haakon County Prairie Transportation.
His online guestbook is available at