The world lost a legend on January 7th, 2015. William (Bill) Ramsey was a native and lifelong resident of New Mexico, who traced his ancestry from Ireland to the hills of Kentucky, and to the cattle country west of the Texas panhandle. Born the youngest son to Frank and Louise Ramsey on May 23, 1944, he spent countless days in the canyon lands of the Four Corners nurturing a curiosity of the traces of ancient civilizations he found there.
A child of the fifties, he also found himself caught up in the music of the day and like so many others of that era, developed an affinity for the guitar that remained with him his entire life. The book he wrote (Tapacitos) was a reflection of his love of the history of the area, and a personal look into the life of the author himself. He loved to tell stories, and you could be sure that half of every story was true – you just never knew which half. If he wasn’t creating new dance moves, crossing the desert in a covered wagon, being raised by wolves, adopting African natives, or fighting off paparazzi, he could be found in the streams of southern Colorado quietly enjoying the art of fly fishing.
He is survived by, and was the life-long love of, his wife Donna, with whom he shared 50 unforgettable years. He is also survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Wyn and Dan Shry of Durango, daughter and son-in-law Cyd and Chuck Hildner of Durango, and son and daughter-n-law, Ryan and Marcie Ramsey of Richland, Washington. and 6 grandchildren; Irelyn Shepard, Prezley Shry, Tavyrn Ramsey, Bryer Ramsey, Lyric Hildner, Wyllow Hildner. He is also survived by his brother, Bob Ramsey and sister, Betty Musgrove. He was preceded in death by both parents and his oldest brother, Ben Ramsey.