Ramey dies from injuries

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

Michael Ramey was a dependable worker and likable.

That’s how Brian Gatewood, superintendent of Williamstown’s water plant, described the 34-year-old Williamstown man who died from injuries he received in an accident on June 16.

Ramey and his girlfriend, Alesha Monk, were driving north on Interstate 75 in Boone County around 1:05 p.m. when the left front wheel of a Chevrolet Silverado pickup that was traveling south came off, bounced over the wall and smashed into Ramey’s windshield, crushing the truck’s top onto him.

The couple had just left the Walton Kroger store headed to Monk’s sister’s home for a Father’s Day cookout.
Monk, 33, was able to lean over from the passenger side and bring Ramey’s vehicle to a stop. She called 911 and held Ramey until emergency help arrived.

Ramey was transported by helicopter to University Hospital in Cincinnati where he died on June 23.

He was a 1997 graduate of Williamstown High School and member of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. He was a water plant operator for the city of Williamstown since 2003.
“He was well thought of in the city,” said Gatewood. “Always in a good mood and one of those people that when you met them, you really liked them because you couldn’t find anything wrong with them.”
Gatewood said Ramey was an employee that “you could always count on.”

“Those kind of people are just hard to find,” Gatewood said.
In his spare time, Ramey enjoyed farming.

A benefit that was scheduled for June 30 at Edwardo’s Pizza in Williamstown for Michael and his family has been postponed.
Family, friends and former classmates posted their thoughts on a Facebook page, “Prayers for Michael Ramey.”

Jeanna Wagner, a former teacher, posted this about her student, “I was a first year teacher at Williamstown in the 1996-1997 school year. Michael was one of my students - I was lucky enough to have him for TWO classes that year. I’ll admit, after teaching for 18 years, I don’t remember all of my students, but Michael I remember very well. He was always sassy, rambunctious and quick with a smile. He and many in that class have always held a special place in my heart. From reading these posts, Michael grew into a fine young man - I am not surprised in the least. He was a super kid. My thoughts, prayers and blessings are with his family and friends. God bless you all . . .”
Ramey is survived by his parents, Judy Perkins and Hugh “Pug” Ramey and his step parents, Mark Shepperd and Paula Ramey, as well as three sisters, April Nelson of Henderson and Amanda Eldridge and Jessica Helton, both of Crittenden.

Visitation is scheduled for 4 to 9 p.m. today (Thursday, June 27) at Elliston-Stanley Funeral Home in Williamstown. Funeral services are scheduled for  11 a.m. on Friday, June 28. Burial will be in the Mt. Carmel Cemetery.