Obituary Notices and Memorials


RAMSEY, Matthew Wayne U.S. Army SPC Age 20, was killed on November 29, 2010, while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom in southern Afghanistan. Born on April 8, 1990, in Woodland Hills, Calif., to Melissa Cochran of Lancaster and Wayne Ramsey of Colorado Springs, Colo., Matthew was raised in the Antelope Valley where he attended Lancaster Christian, Cactus Elementary and Joe Walker Middle schools. But it was while attending Quartz Hill High that he met the love of his life and future wife, Mirella Chavez. Upon an early graduation in 2007, Matthew joined the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Explorers program where he envisioned a career in law enforcement and as a Sheriffs Deputy. In April of 2008, he enlisted in the United States Army and was assigned basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. Upon completion of his training he was stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky., but first returned home to marry his now wife, Mirella Ramsey. Matthew learned of his first deployment to Afghanistan in November of 2008, one month before his wife announced the pregnancy of their first child, Zachary Matthew Ramsey. After a successful return from his tour of duty and his reassignment to Fort Campbell, the Ramseys settled into the community of Clarksville, Tenn., and purchased their home. One year later, Ramseys unit was again called into active service in Afghanistan. Two weeks before his deployment Ramsey and his wife learned that they would be blessed with a second child. On the morning of the Nov. 29, 2010, while conducting an artillery training mission, SPC Ramsey, along with six other brother soldiers, were killed by wounds suffered under gunfire in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan. In a short lived yet valiant and distinguished Army service career, he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with a Bronze Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, NATO Medal and Combat Infantry Badge, Air Assault Badge, Rifle Qualification Expert Badge and Overseas Service Bar. Specialist Matthew Wayne Ramsey, Infantryman serving with Troop B, 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. Beloved Husband and Father he is survived by his wife Mirella Ramsey, his sons Zachary Ramsey and baby Timothy (due in March), his mother Melissa Cochran and husband William Cochran, father Wayne Ramsey, sisters Meghan Ramsey and daughter Chloe, Corrin Craig and daughters Payge and Loryn, Stephanie Cochran, grandparents Carl and Lois Voigt, and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and family loved ones. He is preceded in death by grandparents John and Nellie Ramsey. After a private family memorial, a service celebrating his life will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, December 11, 2010, at the Highlands Christian Fellowship at 39625 20th Street West, in Palmdale. In lieu of flowers, American Security Bank and family members have established a Memorial Fund in the name of Matthew Wayne Ramsey benefiting his children, (American Security Bank, 661-723-2000; 42548 10th Street West, Lancaster CA, 93534). Arrangements entrusted to Chapel of the Valley Mortuary, Palmdale Directors.

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