He was born on July 7, 1922, to John and Molly (Leach) Ramsey and was the oldest of 7 children. Raised in Andrew County, he graduated from Savannah High School in 1940. After high school, he joined the United States Army serving in the Philippines during World War II. Upon returning to Savannah, he met and later wed Lois Hunter on September 3, 1947. They were married for 52 years before her death in 2000, and had a son Mike, and daughter, Marsha.
Clinton began his career in the 1940's working for Tobin Construction. While working in the construction business, he also served as Deputy County Assessor for Clay County between 1963 and 1968, as well as owning a Kansas City Star paper route. In the 1970's, he began working directly for Operating Engineers Local 101 as an instructor, developing the union's Apprenticeship Program. He was a Business Manager for Local 101, retiring in 1987 as Administrative Manager. Through his work in the building and trade industry, he served on many local, county, and state boards. He was an integral part in the development and implementation of the United Labor Credit Union, as a charter member. During his lifetime, he was very involved in the Democratic Party, actively supporting the Jerry Litton and Thomas Eagleton campaigns, and becoming a "Statesman" for Governor Joe Teasdale. His passion for politics never wavered.
He was a member of the Savannah First Baptist Church, Savannah, Missouri, the American Legion Post 287, served on the Board of Directors of the Social Welfare Board of Buchanan County, and was past president of the Amazonia Lions Club, where he was instrumental in the building of their new facility. Clinton cherished the friendships he developed over his lifetime, and most recently those of his Riverstone "family". He loved a good political debate, a great game of poker, "happy hour" with friends, and watching sports and Nascar races. Love for his family was unconditional, and watching his great-granddaughters growing up was one of the true joys of his life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Lois, brother, Jack Ramsey, and sister, Pauline Rothwell. Survivors; son, Mike (Diane) Ramsey, daughter, Marsha Ramsey, granddaughter, Michelle, (Jeff) Winkler, and great-granddaughters, Hannah and Madison Winkler, all of Kansas City, Missouri. A special "thank you" to Kendallwood Hospice for their support and compassion. Our deepest gratitude to his caregiver, Karen Lipps, for her devotion and loving care in his final weeks.
Celebration of Life: 10:30 AM Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at Savannah First Baptist Church, Savannah, Missouri with public visitation, 6:00 to 8:00 PM Monday, December 10, 2012 at Breit-Hawkins and Gladden Funeral Home, Savannah, Missouri. Interment in Savannah Missouri Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to the Kansas City World War II Honor Flight.
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