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William Ramsay, 78 - February 18, 2009


William “Bill” Ramsay, 78, of Cozad, died Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, at the Cozad Community Hospital.
Services were held on Saturday, Feb. 14, at the First United Methodist Church of Cozad with the Rev. Lyle Schoen officiating. Burial took place at the Fairview Cemetery south of Cozad.
Ramsay was born Aug. 21, 1930, at Bloomington to William and Rebecca (Heaton) Ramsay. He graduated from Franklin High School in 1948, and 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 was united in marriage to Marilyn L. Wrede at Gibbon. The couple resided at Grant where he served as a teacher and coach of several sports, primarily basketball and track.
In 1967, he and his wife moved to Cozad where he taught history and coached at Cozad High School.
As a basketball coach, Ramsay 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, he achieved his 400th win as a basketball coach, and was honored as the 1991-1992 Boys Basketball Coach of the Year by the Nebraska Coaches Association.
He was also honored as the grand marshal of the Cornhusker State Games in 1992 and in 1994 was the recipient of the Mike Heck Memorial Award given by the Nebraska Coaches Association.
?Ramsay 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, and was inducted into the National High School Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame in 2007.
?He was a long-time member of the First United Methodist Church of Cozad, Cozad Elks Lodge No. 2250, Cozad Country Club, the Nebraska Coaches Association, Cozad Education Association and the Nebraska Education Association.
Ramsay was preceded in death by: his parents, William and Rebecca; a sister, Jean Sjogren.
Survivors include: his wife, Marilyn Ramsay of Cozad; a son, William (Colleen) Ramsay of McCook; a daughter, Robin (Clay) Etherton of Cozad; two sisters—Margaret Cordle of Hastings and Evelyn (Wayne) Maska of Franklin; brother-in-law, Howard Sjogren of Chicago, IL; four grandchildren—Lauren and Eric Ramsay, and Rebecca and Abigail Etherton; numerous other relatives and friends.
A memorial has been established. Condolences may be shared with the family at berrymanfuneralhome.com.

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