On Monday, February 3, 2014, a loving husband, brother, uncle and friend left this world to go to a much better place. Ramsey McKee Adair was born on May 21, 1930, to James R.M. and Anna (Riemath) Adair in Yankton, South Dakota. At an early age, the family moved to Firesteel, DS where Ramsey spent his early boyhood days until his family moved to Timber Lake, SD. In Timber Lake is where he was enrolled in the fifth grade and then later graduated from high school with the class of 1948. On September 14, 1958 he married the love of his life LaVon Badure in Timber Lake, SD.
After graduating, he worked at the Firesteel coal mine with his good friend “Smitty”. He then worked for Moreau Grand Electric Cooperative in Timber Lake as a lineman until he was drafted into the Army. After being discharged from the Army, Ramsey worked for 35 years for Mid-Yellowstone Electric Cooperative in Hysham as a Line Superintendent under the supervision of his mentor and friend, Carl Egge. Ramsey also owned Hysham Electric.
Ramsey was proud of his military service having served in the Army Combat Infantry in Korea. He received the Bronze Star Medal and the Republic of Korea War Service Medal. He was a life member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the 15th Infantry Regiment Association. Ramsey belonged to the Community Presbyterian Church of Hysham, Lions Club, American Legion Post 11, and Hysham Masonic Lodge No. 129.
He served the town of Hysham as Fire Chief and Councilman for many years, and he was appointed to the office of Mayor for one year to fill the vacancy caused with the resignation of Cletus Taylor.
His devotion to the Community Presbyterian Church was proven by his service with a total of 24 years as Ruling elder and 3 years as a Deacon.
Ramsey loved to reminisce about his youth in Firesteel and Timber Lake. He often told stories of his memories he had. He loved to tease the kids and have a joke or wild story to tell the grownups.
Ramsey is survived by his loving wife, LaVon “Vonnie”, Brother Jim (Cornelia) Adair, Sister Beatrice Burch, and Adair nephews Jim and Randy and all of the numerous Badure nieces and nephews.
We will miss your sense of humor, my dancing partner, and your love of life and yes, even your German and Korean song, but as you would tell us: “So Be It!”
In lieu of flowers memorials in Ramsey’s name can be made to the Community Presbyterian Church of Hysham, or the American Legion Post 11 in Hysham.
Funeral Services will be Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM at the Community Presbyterian Church in Hysham. Burial will follow services in the Hysham Memorial Vale Cemetery. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth is assisting the family with these arrangements and condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com