Philip Alan Ramseyer, a devoted educator and active community member, peacefully passed away on his 86th birthday, August 30, in Nipomo, CA. Born in Middletown, Ohio, Phil moved to Hamilton, Ohio, with his family at a young age and completed his elementary, Junior High, and High School education in Hamilton.
He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Miami of Ohio and his doctorate from the University of LaVerne in southern California. Phil's illustrious thirty-nine-year career in education began as a teacher at Hamilton High School. He later moved to California, where he served as a teacher and activities director at Millikan H.S. and as an assistant principal at Stanford Junior High and Washington Middle School in Long Beach.
Upon retirement, Philip relocated to Diamondhead, MS, on the Gulf Coast, where he enjoyed playing golf and pool. He generously volunteered with organizations like the Diamondhead Lions, CASA, and the Hancock County Food Pantry. He also shared his knowledge by teaching World Religions for Continuing Education. Philip was an active member of the Diamondhead Community Church, participating in the choir, teaching adult classes, and serving as an elder.
Philip is survived by his loving wife Cheryl of 28 years, as well as his children: two daughters, Tracy (Gary) and Tari (Gary) of Mississippi; two sons, Trent (Windy) and the late Todd (Lani); two stepsons, Drew (Sandi) and Brett (Edana); numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his mother, Florence, father, Harris, and sister, Joyce.
A memorial service to celebrate Philip's life will be held in the winter in Mississippi. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hancock County CASA or the Diamondhead Mississippi Lions Club.
Riemann Family Funeral Home, Gulfport, is honored to assist the family.