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Charles Rampley

January 5, 1931 — December 28, 2013

CHARLES JUNIOR RAMPLEY

Charles Junior Rampley, age 82, formerly of Kahoka, MO, died Saturday, December 28, 2013 at the Montrose Health Center in Montrose, IA.

Charles was born January 5, 1931 in West Point, Illinois, a son of Charles Wesley and Luella Dickerson Rampley.

He married Marilyn "Joan" Elder on July 29, 1950 in Hamilton, IL. She preceded him in death on December 6, 2011.

Survivors include three daughters: Patricia (Mrs. Howard) Bowden of Keokuk, Judy Dray of Keokuk, and Michelle "Shelly" Frey (Dan Wepner), of Kirksville, MO; seven grandchildren: Missy (Mrs. Joe) McFarland and Brad Bowden, all of Keokuk, Heidi (Mrs. Adam) Cates of Oswego, IL, Steve (Denael) Dray of Keokuk, Jared (Kim) Dray of Warsaw, Justin Gardin of Kahoka and Jerry Gardin of Fort Madison; great-grandchildren: Jake McFarland, Gillian and Ethan Cates, Bryce Lally, and, Parker, Paxson and Zoe Dray; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Rodger (Betty) Elder of Burlington, Charlotte and George Schneider of Montrose, and Patty Elder of St. Francisville; as well as great nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; a grandson, Jordy Gardin; three great-grandchildren, Jessica McFarland and Robert and Rebecca Cooper; siblings: Mildred Rampley, Gerald Rampley, Robert Rampley, Opal Hardy, Gene Rampley, Nellie Swick, Dorothy Sayers and Darlene Stansberry.

Charles was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Korean conflict. He was a retired employee of the Keokuk Area Hospital.

He loved old western movies and the tv series, MASH. He loved going to the casinos and having coffee and breakfast at the local restaurants and visiting with his many friends.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka with Rev. William S. Mitchell officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in the National Cemetery in Keokuk.

Friends may call at Wilson Funeral Home after 9 a.m. Tuesday with family receiving friends from noon until time of services.

Memorials are suggested to the Kahoka Lion's Club or the K.A.H. Auxiliary.

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