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Posted by ike eichler (+1226) 10 years ago
RIP my friend John. This is a road we all must travel. I choose to belive the road has not ended. See you down that road.
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Posted by David Schott (+17052) 10 years ago
Bummer, sorry to hear it.

Who can tell me which building still standing on S. Haynes Ave. was built by John Ramage? What was the original name of the business in that building?
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Posted by Bob Netherton II (+1905) 10 years ago
It was the Custer Inn, I believe.
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Posted by David Schott (+17052) 10 years ago
Yes, the Econo Lodge Motel was formerly known as the Custer Inn but even before that it was the... Ramage Inn.

He also built the former Buckboard Inn (later known as the Days Inn at least for a short while) which was razed a ~couple years ago. It was between McDonald's and the Town Pump.

I think he also built the condos that are behind the Econo Lodge and a small office building on the north side of east Main St (which, I think, is no longer there).
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Posted by Richard Bonine, Jr (+14950) 10 years ago
David: wasn't he also involved in the War Bonnet - Best Western?

My condolences to his family.
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Posted by ike eichler (+1226) 10 years ago
David you are correct in the info on the buildings. In addition,we as partners brought in a modular on south haynes next to the Spur, originally leased to the school district as office space,now the Boardwalk resturant. We also bought and sold a number of properties in town,as well as putting up a spec house in southgate. That was memorable as the construction interest went fron 5% to 22% B/4 we got it finished and sold. We lost 10 thousand on the deal but got it sold. John had no interest in the Warbonnet.
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Posted by Bart Freese (+926) 10 years ago
I went to school with Craig and Aaron.

Ike, anymore information?
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Posted by ike eichler (+1226) 10 years ago
Bart,
John was essentially blind the last few years with macular degeneration. Had been spending the winters in AZ and on the way back to MT last spring suffered a stroke. Late summer they moved back to AZ and he had another around thanksgiving.
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Posted by Wendy Wilson (+6165) 10 years ago
My condolences to Craig and Aaron and the rest of the family.
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Posted by David Schott (+17052) 10 years ago
John's obituary:



John Finley Ramage


John Finley Ramage passed away on December 28, 2010, in Yuma Arizona at the age of 76.

John enjoyed a full and active life; the first half in Langdon, North Dakota and the second half in Montana (Miles City and Billings) with winters in Arizona. He married Lois Jean McDowall in 1954 and they reared three sons Kevin, Aaron, and Craig. John was outgoing and had a wonderful zeal for life. He served in numerous positions in church, civic organizations, and local government. John had a passion for mechanical things especially cars, airplanes, motorcycles, and boats. Friends and neighbors often commented that his house resembled a used car lot, which he acknowledged with a smile. He started his business career working with his father in the CFR Garage in Langdon. John was a lifelong entrepreneur and initiated numerous businesses including construction and operation of motels, real estate developments, and general contracting with projects in Montana, North Dakota, Wyoming, Oregon, and Arizona. Over the course of his career, John had the opportunity to work with all three of his sons on one project or another. John was well known for his generosity, his desire and willingness to help others, his positive attitude, and his "politically incorrect statements". He had a strong faith and was not afraid to take risks, knowing that the Lord is in control of all things. John was loved by family and friends and he will be greatly missed.

John was born on March 14, 1934 in Langdon, ND to Ida (McCann) Ramage and Charles French Ramage. He was the third of four children having two older sisters; Ada Jane Pansino and June Marie Nelson, and a younger brother; William Charles Ramage. John is preceded in death by his parents, his sister June, and his wife Lois. He is survived by his second wife Georgie DeGraeve, his sister Ada (Lou) Pansino, his brother William Ramage, and his three sons Kevin (Carlo), Aaron (Noni), and Craig and their families including six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in Billings (Lockwood), MT at Harvest Church - Lockwood on Monday, January 3rd at 1:00 pm.

http://www.brooksfuneralh...ramage.htm
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Posted by ike eichler (+1226) 10 years ago
David,
Thanks for publishing the obit. Attended the memorial service today and it was very nice. Aaron did a great job with the service etc.

As per his wishes cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held in Yuma,and the one today in Billings with another in Langdon.

Great photo on the funeral home website.
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