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Donald James Ramsell

January 16, 1940 — November 19, 2022

Homer City

Donald James Ramsell

The Whistler is silent; Jesus called his name, and his earthly journey ended on November 19, 2022.

Born January 16, 1940, to Sidney and Mary Brown Ramsell of Lucernmines, PA. A member of the Homer City Church of the Nazarene since his early teens, he graduated from Laura Lamar High School in 1957. Don served in the United States Army, stationed in Hawaii, from 1957-1960. He worked for R&P Coal Company beginning in 1969, and when he retired, he embarked on a second career that brought him much joy - driving a school bus for Barker Inc. He loved the kids and families he met throughout his 15-year career with them.

In 1962 he married Barbara Lee McKee, and in June, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. They are blessed with three children, Donald Sidney (Jodi), Michele Diane Kovach (Steve Norris), and Michael Scott (Jennifer). Don cherished his three grandchildren, Kara Nicole Kovach, Nicholas Joseph Kovach (Peyton), and Abigail Mae Ramsell.

Don's hobby as a woodworker led him to some of his dearest friends, Bill Miller and Family, Ben Coblentz and Family, and Mitz Patterson.

For their unparalleled support through his illness, special thanks to Pastor Bruce Gardner, Pam, Dave, Linda, Bernie, Ward, and Peg, and to Dr. Matthew Klain for his expertise and compassion.

Don is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, sister Patricia Zerfoss and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, David Ramsell (Edith Mae), and sisters, Rita Jean Burkey (Dean), Emily Vandenbergh (Danny), and Janet Keener (Charles).

Friends will be received Tuesday from 2-4 and 6-8 at Bowser Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Homer City. The funeral service will be held Wednesday at 11 AM at the Homer City Church of the Nazarene. Interment to follow in the Oakland Cemetery, Indiana.

“I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Tuesday, November 22, 2022

6:00 - 8:00 pm (Eastern time)

Bowser Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc.

4606 Old US Highway 119 South, Homer City, PA 15748

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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