William Ramsay - February 11, 2009Bill Ramsay, age 78 of Cozad, Neb. died Feb. 11, 2009 at the Cozad Community Hospital in Cozad.
He was born Aug. 21, 1930 at Bloomington, Neb., to William and Rebecca (Heaton) Ramsay. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1948. He attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he majored in both English and History in pursuit of a Master’s Degree in Education.
On June 6, 1954 he married Marilyn L. Wrede at Gibbon, Neb. The couple made their home in Grant, Neb., where Bill served as a teacher and coach of several sports, primarily basketball and track. In 1967, the couple moved to Cozad, where Bill taught history and coached at Cozad High School.
As a basketball coach, he received the 1966 Coach of the Year Award from the Lincoln Journal Star. In 1971, he earned the Coach of the Year Award from the Omaha World-Herald. In 1983, Bill achieved his 400th win as a basketball coach. He was honored as the 1991-1992 Boys Basketball Coach of the Year by the Nebraska Coaches Association; he was also the Grand Marshal of the Cornhusker State Games in 1992. In 1994, he was the recipient of the Mike Heck Memorial Award given by the Nebraska Coaches Association. He was inducted into the High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2001; and in 2004, he was honored by the dedication of “Coach Bill Ramsay Court” at Cozad High School. He was inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame in 2007.
He was a long-time member of First United Methodist Church of Cozad, the Cozad Elks Lodge #2250, the Cozad Country Club, the Nebraska Coaches Association, the Cozad Education Association and the Nebraska Education Association.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Jean Sjogren.
Survivors include his wife, Marilyn Ramsay of Cozad; son, William and wife Colleen Ramsay of McCook, Neb.; daughter, Robin and husband Clay Etherton of Cozad; two sisters, Margaret Cordle of Hastings, Neb., and Evelyn and husband Wayne Maska of Franklin, Neb.; a brother-in-law, Howard Sjogren of Chicago, Ill., four grandchildren, Lauren and Eric Ramsay and Rebecca and Abigail Etherton; and many other relatives and friends.
A memorial has been established in his memory.
Services were held Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, at the First United Methodist Church in Cozad with the Reverend Lyle Schoen officiating. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery south of Cozad.
Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad was in charge of arrangements.