Richard C. Ramsby

BALDWIN — Richard C. Ramsby, 80, of Baldwin, died peacefully after an extended illness in his home in Englewood, Fla., on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016.

He was born on April 25, 1935, in Detroit, to Willis Vernon and Kathleen Ethel Ramsby.

Leaving to mourn Richard's passing are his beloved partner, Mary J. (Avery) Moffitt, his daughter Michele (Tom) Simpkins of Santa Cruz, Calif.; his son Brent Ramsby of Boulder Creek, Calif., his granddaughter Madelaine K. McCarthy of Santa Cruz, Calif, his sister Carolyn (Ken) Rice of Baldwin, and Mary's family. Richard had a very special bond with Mary's daughter, Melanie Moffitt; grandchildren, Dominic Kelly and Marissa Kelly, and great-grandchildren, Meadow and Lucchese Kelly.

Before Richard's illness, he enjoyed hiking and camping on the Appalachian Trail and Isle Royale, riding his motorcycle and bicycling. During their years together, he and Mary took many trips exploring the United States and Canada. Until the last five years of his life, he also enjoyed building and remodeling his homes.

Richard enlisted in the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 1957 with the 403rd Troop Carrier Squadron. After serving his country, he attended Wayne State University, where he received his bachelor's degree in education. In 1960, he began teaching elementary school in Detroit. He moved to Baldwin in 1964, where he taught math in middle and high school, and in 1966, he became the middle school principal. Richard transferred to Scottville, where he taught from 1969 until he retired in June of 1992. He loved to create extraordinary learning opportunities for his students, including and annual trip to Chicago for his fourth-grade class.

After retirement, Richard returned to Baldwin for the summer months, where he was often found enjoying the music on Wednesday and Saturday evenings at the Wenger Pavilion.

Memorial contributions may be made to Baldwin Summer Concerts/Wenger Pavilion, Pathfinder Library or the Lake County Historical Society.

There will not be a memorial service per Richard's request.