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“Dick” Ramsey, former owner of Ostroms Drug & Gift in Kenmore, passed away June 4, 2023.

Richard Eugene “Dick” Ramsey of Kenmore, WA, died peacefully at 90 years of age on June 4, 2023 after sharing an afternoon with his children. Dick was born January 31, 1933 in Omak, WA, and he lived until age 6 in nearby Oroville. After brief relocations to Bremerton and North Seattle, Dick’s family settled permanently in the Lakewood area of South Seattle. Dick was salutatorian of his class at Franklin High School and matriculated to the University of Washington School of Pharmacy. At UW, Dick joined ROTC and Alpha Sigma Phi fraternity, where he became fraternity President, made lifelong friends, and met his wife of 56 years, Jane Wilson.

After graduation, Dick served two years in the U.S. Army successfully defending France from Soviet invasion, rising to the rank of Captain. Dick and Jane advantaged that deployment, enjoying French culture and experiencing Europe when on leave. Returning to civilian life in 1957, Dick worked in pharmacy until 1963, when he purchased Ostroms Drug & Gift in Kenmore, which remained family-owned until 2021.

Owning Ostroms allowed Dick to indulge many passions, including profound devotion to customer service, doing kindnesses for employees and customers, and supporting the community. He sponsored countless youth sports organizations; was a proud, active 50-year member of Northshore Kiwanis, including multiple terms as President; served on the Northshore School Board for 14 years, recognized with induction to the Northshore School District Wall of Honor in 2014; was named one of 125 alumni legends of the UW School of Pharmacy; and was an ARDENT supporter of UW athletics. Dick and Jane attended hundreds of UW football and basketball games, home and away, and counted many Husky coaches, players, and fellow fans among their friends.

Dick was a loving, caring husband and father, and was extremely generous with his time and treasure to family, friends, employees, and the community. He is remembered fondly by many for his outgoing nature, ready smile, and encyclopedic knowledge of facts conveyed with absolute certainty, many of which were actually true.

 

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