Lyle M. Ramshaw, a resident of Skidaway Island for more than 20 years, died Sept. 2 at the Harmony at Savannah retirement community on Old Montgomery Road. He was 91 and succumbed to age-related natural causes.
He was predeceased by his much beloved wife of nearly 65 years, Charlotte Fitzpatrick, in March, 2020. Two months later in May, their only child, Daniel, 54, died suddenly in their home on Oak Shadow Court, where he had moved from Columbia, Maryland, to assist them as their health declined.
Lyle and Charlotte Ramshaw were born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, where they met and were married. They attended public schools. Mrs. Ramshaw graduated from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. Mr. Ramshaw attended the University of Illinois and served two years on active duty in the U.S. Army at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
He was the son of the late Ernest and Louise Ramshaw, and brother of the late Warren C. Ramshaw, a professor and chairman of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Colgate University in Hamilton, NY. Mrs. Ramshaw was the daughter of the late Karion E. and Erna Korn Fitzpatrick. She is survived by a brother, Karion J., two nieces and three nephews.
For most of his career, Lyle Ramshaw worked in the asphalt and paving division of Seneca Petroleum Company of Chicago. As young marrieds, he and Charlotte lived in Michigan City, Indiana, where their son was born, and subsequently moved to the Chicago exurb of Naperville, Illinois, living there until they retired to Skidaway Island.
A lifelong athlete and sports enthusiast, Mr. Ramshaw was an avid golfer and belonged to The Landings Club of Skidaway Island, where he played regularly for many years. Mrs. Ramshaw was an active member of the Messiah Lutheran Church of Skidaway.
They are survived by two adolescent grandsons, David and Matthew Ramshaw, of Billings, MT, where they live with their mother, Dr. Jennifer G. Andrus, an otolaryngologist, who practiced in Savannah before relocating to Montana.
The family extends its thanks to Judy Scott of Pooler, who was Mr. and Mrs. Ramshaw’s devoted friend for the last three years.
Cremation services by Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors; inurnment and dedication at Messiah Lutheran Church Columbarium and Memory Garden at a future date.
The family suggests donations in the Ramshaws’ memory to Messiah Lutheran Church, 1 West Ridge Road, Savannah, GA 31411
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
- A Celebration of Life Will Be held at a later date