Oscar E Ramsfield, age 96, passed away at the Memory Unit on the Oakwood West Campus, Madison, Wisconsin on August 22, 2012. He was the eldest son of Nels and Amanda Ramsfield (Ziegler).
He was born on March 9, 1916, on the family farm in Sun Prairie Township.
He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Bernard, (Cassie), Dorothy Pederson (Keith), Rupert (Darlene), and Carl, as well as his former wife, Esther (Anderson) Ramsfield. He is survived by his youngest sister, Patricia Parker and husband Frank, sister-in-law Charlotte, and his children Howard (Darlene), Jeannette Becker (Dennis), Donna Lockwood), and Suzie Ernser (Tom), and grandchildren.
Oscar farmed the family farm until age 40, worked as a maintenance person at the University of Wisconsin and other places, and worked at Cecil's Sandals in shoe repair for many years.
The memorial service will be at the Oakwood Chapel, 6205 Mineral Point Rd., Madison, WI 53705, at 11:00 a.m on Saturday, September 1, 2012. Luncheon will follow. Anyone who would like may join us at our family farm to scatter Oscar's ashes.
Memorials in his honor should be directed to the Oakwood Foundation, 6201 Mineral Point Rd, Madison, WI 53705.
God Bless you Oscar! I worked with you at Cecil's 2730 Atwood in Madison back in the early 1970s. You were old even then, but the stories you told, the tobacco you chewed, and your love of western boots and hats, no less than your long connections to Madison and farming areas nearby, bore a treasure of stories, accompanied by cans of Pabst, every day at 5 PM after work. Ron kept me apprised of your situation long after I'd left Madison, and I darn near thought you were a candidate for immortality. Alas, the years catch us all, but I know that your loving and kind and good soul will go on in heaven. Have a chew, have a brew, have a dance in a pointy toed shoe old pal. Rest in peace.
I went to see my dad after almost 9 years of not seeing or talking to him. When I did see him I cry but the nurses where so sweet and so understanding they ask who I was I said I was Oscar youngest. I sat be side my dad and held his hand I told him who I was and i could see a little smile and tears from my dad. I sat with my dad almost 4 1/2 hours just talking and holding his hand and crying alot. But to see the smile on my dad face was just so priceless. I'm glad I went to see my dad we had are ups and downs but no matter what he was still my dad . At least I did see him before god took him home to be with my mom,
My favorite memory of Oscar was this past Christmas eve of 2011, Oscar was awake when I came in to work 3rd shift, he came out of his room and said "hey, I've been looking for you ma'am" I payed no attention to it at first and then he said he was hungry and I made oatmeal like I usually would and he said "you got any of that black stuff" his way of requesting coffee. We sat down at the table and he looked up from his bowl and said "ma'am, you're one of the nicest people I've ever met" I almost cried then he said "but not nicer than Pat, she's the best!Â£......
Oscar was a really sweet man, I worked at Oakwood in the memory care unit when he first moved in and he was certainly not like any other resident there. Oscar was proud and loved his family whom he spoke very highly of. He adored his parents and siblings especially his younger sister Pat. Oscar and I would sit and talk most of the night about the family farm and his two favorite gals Doll and Nell his horses! On nights when sleep was difficult for him, we'd pull out the family book and go through all the pages and he'd tell me stories about his Norwegian father and German mother who raised him the right way (his words, and I agree). He told me about his uncle that loved to hunt and who would often drink piping hot coffee straight from the stove (OUCH) Oscar would tear up when we went through the book sometimes and I would ask if he wanted to put it away and he would say no I just miss my family (tears) Oscar often stated that he knew he wasn't perfect but he just wanted to be a good man and make his family proud. In the nearly 3 years that I spent working with Oscar I considered him like a part of my own family. I looked out for him and he appreciated every bit of it, I'm sad to see him go, but I'm also happy that now he can be in the presence of the people he loved most.....R.I. Paradise Mr. Ramsfield
LaTanya (the girl you often called Rupert lol)
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