Robert ‘Bob’ Ramga, 73

Robert “Bob” Ramga, 73, died unexpectedly June 6, 2011, at his home.
He was born Dec. 5, 1937, on the family farm to Edna Graessle and Earl McKinley Ramga. On July 26, 1958, he married Phyllis Risher, who survives.
Also surviving are three daughters, Roberta (James) Etsler, of Fort Wayne, Ind., Barbara (Dave) Schairbaum, of Tipp City, and Brenda (Kurt) Kras, of Chicago; six grandchildren, Saarah and Shelby Tappy, of Fort Wayne, Ind., Jenna and Jay Schairbaum, of Tipp City, Kristen and Karsen Kras, of Chicago; a step-grandchild, Melissa Peppler, of New Haven, Ind.; a brother, Charles (Janice) Ramga, of Wapakoneta, four sisters, Mary (Addis) Katterheinrich, of New Knoxville, Imogene (Norman D.) Roser, of Lima, Virginia (Charles D.) Hardesty, of Wapakoneta, Marlene (Joe) Elliott, of Wapakoneta; two brothers-in-law, Bob (Jane Patterson)Risher and Roland Truesdale, and two sisters-in-law, Alfreda Ramga and Juanita Ramga.
He was preceded in death by a a daughter, Deborah Ann Ramga, four brothers, Donald Ramga, John Edwin Ramga, Herbert Ramga, and Carl (Juanita) Ramga; and three sisters, Annabelle (Kermit) Hoge, Alice Truesdale, and Christine (Joe) Steinke.
He was an active member of the community. He graduated from Buckland High School in 1955 in a class of 14 students. He was a life-long farmer and actively involved in farming operation up until his death. He retired from Proctor and Gamble’s Lima plant, was a member of the Auglaize County Soil Conservation Board, the Buckeye Antique Tractor Club, a member and state officer of Ohio Young Farmers, the Spencerville school board, a lifetime FFA alumni, an active member of the United Church of Christ where he served on the church board, a member of the Allen County Farmer Group, and obtained a state and American farmer degree.
He deeply loved his wife and they both enjoyed their winters in Bonita Springs, Fla. for the past 11 years. He was very active in the park maintenance “half-bubble” club and activities in the park. He recently purchased a kayak to enjoy while in Florida.
Above all else, he loved his family and cherished his grandchildren. Farming was his life and his passion. He was proud to live on and die at the homestead that had been in the Ramga family for over 100 years, an Ohio Century Farm.
Services are at 1 p.m. Thursday at Spencerville United Church of Christ.
Friends may call today from 4 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 1 to 8 p.m. at Bayliff Funeral Home in Spencerville.
The family would appreciate donations made to the Spencerville United Church of Christ Building Fund in lieu of flowers.
Bob always loved to knock-down, fix, and build things and he would have wanted to it this way. Please send donations to the Spencerville UCC Building Fund, 102 Wisher Drive, Spencerville, OH, 45887.