Dr. Paul Lee Ramsey

May 20, 2023

Dr. Paul Lee Ramsey was born in Frankfort Indiana on January 30, 1938 to Orpha (Isgrigg) and William Ramsey.  He passed away peacefully on May 20, 2023 at Baptist Medical Center, Nassau Campus, Amelia Island, FL. He married Sarah Lynch on March 7, 1964 in Plainfield, Ind.

Paul grew up on a family farm along with his brother William and sister Lena Mae. He attended Jackson High School where he developed a lifelong passion for basketball. He became a star high school player, and was proud that he had more assists than anyone on the team, which he said was a good rule for life. Paul also set the state record for consecutive free throw points with his signature underhand shooting style.

Basketball earned Paul a scholarship to Oregon State. Leaving his hometown for the first time, Paul boarded a train and headed west. He initially studied geology, but realized that independence and helping others were important qualities that he wanted to pursue. He switched to pre-med and went on to attend Indiana University School of Medicine. While in medical school, Paul met his lovely wife Sarah to whom he was married for fifty-nine years. During his medical internship Paul was drafted to serve in Vietnam. He was proud of his service and credited that experience with helping him choose his specialty, orthopedics. Upon return, Paul completed his orthopedics training and moved to Wilmington, Delaware to begin his career in academic medicine. As Associate Surgeon at AI DuPont Nemours Children’s Hospital, Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at the VA Hospital and Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Jefferson Medical College he developed a passion for teaching and research. During this time Paul developed “Ramsey’s Safe Zone,” a test for congenital hip dislocation which is ubiquitous in orthopedic practice today. After several years, he decided to start a private practice closer to the homes where he and Sarah grew up. Paul and Sarah moved to Anderson, Indiana where he became a leader in the medical community. Paul loved the independence of owning his medical practice, which allowed him to spend time with family and friends, serve the community, and play golf, the one sport he loved more than basketball.

Following retirement, he and his wife Sarah moved to Florida and Colorado and spent time playing golf, skiing and frequently visiting family and friends. While traveling back and forth, they loved plotting out extended road trips across the US.  Some of Paul’s favorite drives and parks included Santa Fe, the Badlands, Crazy Horse, and other sites like Arches and Canyonlands. Paul was an inventive and creative thinker who loved to explore, try new restaurants and foods, and tell fantastic stories.

Visitation and Services

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, May, 25, 2023 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 26, 2023 at the funeral home. Shan Sheridan will officiate. Burial will follow in Green Lawn Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to New Hope Church, 5306 W. CR 600 S., Frankfort, IN 46041.

Survived by:

Paul is survived by his wife Sarah, son William Ramsey and his wife Monique of New Orleans, LA, daughter Deborah Lehman and her husband Scott of Atlanta, GA, granddaughter Ramsey Lehman of Boston, MA and grandson David Lehman of Atlanta, GA.

Preceded by:

In addition to his parents, Paul was preceded in death by brother, William Ramsey and sister, Lena Mae Neal.


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44 Condolences for “Dr. Paul Lee Ramsey”

  1. Gene L. Swackhamer May 22, 2023 at 9:14 pm

    Paul and I were best friends growing up. We double dated often, when we could get a car. We lived only a mile apart so basketball was a constant on his court in an implement/livestock barn or my court outdoors. We were on livestock judging teams and tried hard to maintain contact as we went off to college, served in the military and began careers. It became harder to keep up social contact. My wife Sharon and I when staying with Sarah and Paul at the DuPont grounds in Wilmington gave me an opportunity to make rounds with Paul, the doctor. I saw a man of compassion with horribly injured kids. I knew then that he was on his way to success.

    On another occasion we opted to visit while our wives attended a Kennedy Center play. It was then that I learned how the trauma of Vietnam had erased Paul’s memory of many of our shared experiences. How could he no longer remember his record time in driving his car around Jackson school! I chose to think that more important info was in its place.

    I will not be able to return for Paul’s funeral. I will be attending the Hereford High School annual FFA banquet on May 25.

  2. George Irwin May 23, 2023 at 4:39 am

    I’m so sorry to hear the loss of Paul, even though I never met him, he was a great doctor and a very good person. My condolences go out to the Ramsey and Neal family.

  3. Cindy Smith May 23, 2023 at 7:40 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. He was a very good person and doctor. I enjoyed my time working in the office with him.

  4. Trish Bryant May 23, 2023 at 7:48 am

    Sarah, I am so sorry about Paul…please know that we are keeping you and your family in our prayers….love you so much.

  5. Marty Hicks May 23, 2023 at 9:49 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a great surgeon as well as a wonderful person. I really enjoyed working with him. He had such a great sense of humor!

  6. Linda Shepard May 23, 2023 at 10:10 am

    Sarah, and family, I am so sorry. I have so many fond memories of working with Dr. Ramsey in surgery at CHA. He had an incredible work ethic. He was my surgeon and my husbands for our spine surgeries. After our son, who was 14 years old completed chemotherapy, Dr. Ramsey and Sarah were so generous and kind. They gifted us the use of their Colorado home for spring break for our family to ski and have fun together. I remember how he loved potato chips and golf. May he enjoy Heaven with his family and many friends welcoming him.

  7. Dawn Hiatt May 23, 2023 at 10:27 am

    I will always remember our time working together in the OR at St Johns Medical Center. I will smile every time I reflect on some of the funniest stories I could tell and he shared a couple of them at his retirement party. Until we meet again Dr. Ramsey. Prayers for comfort for his loved ones left behind, especially for Sarah.

  8. Marcia Moss May 23, 2023 at 10:29 am

    Sarah and family,
    I am so very sorry. Both my sister, Cindy Hollon, Dr. John Moss, and myself thought so highly of Dr. Ramsey and you! I was privileged enough to work with him at St John’s. Cindy (died in car accident ’17) always spoke so highly of both of you. I can not comprehend your loss, but will pray for supernatural peace and comfort that only God can provide.
    In His wonderful Love

  9. Edie McGrady May 23, 2023 at 10:57 am

    I am so sorry for the family’s loss. I loved working for Dr. Ramsey and learning from him. Sarah, you are a wonderful person and I have missed you both over the years. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers.

  10. José López Romero May 23, 2023 at 1:46 pm

    I am an anesthesiologist who worked many hours over the years with Dr. Ramsey. I always had great respect for his surgical ability and his infallible work capacity. He had a great sense of humor. I am sorry to hear the news but I am sure he is happy wherever he is. May he rest in peace.

  11. Cathy (Bliss) Klein May 23, 2023 at 2:26 pm

    I was a fairly new scrub nurse when I met Dr. Ramsey in the main OR at St. Johns Hospital in Anderson in the early 1990s. I was terrified to be in his room but he was very patient with me and was always the teacher. When I left and moved to Kokomo and Howard Community Hospital, he assured me if there were not enough “a..holes” there, to give him a call and he would come up there. You’re off the hook now Dr. R., but I am sure you would have done exactly what you said if I had called you!!

    Sending prayers for strength and peace for his family. Rest in Heaven Dr. Ramsey.

  12. Amanda & Francesco Borghese May 23, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    Sarah…Francesco and I are so, so sorry to hear this sad news of Paul’s passing. We did not know him well, but we so enjoyed his company, conversation, and sense of humor when we were together. The last time was at Nancy and Dick Fruechtenicht’s Wedding Anniversary party at the club. We had such a lovely evening with you two. A very fond memory. Please let us know when you get back to Amelia. Hopefully, we can get together. We both send our deep condolences, and prayers to you and your family.
    Sending much love.

  13. Joycelyn Neal May 23, 2023 at 10:52 pm

    Sending condolences to the entire Ramsey family. Many memories of Paul.

  14. Dave Miller May 24, 2023 at 8:23 am

    I didnt know Paul personally, but am good friends with several residents in his Ocean Club Villa building. I was moved by his life story posted in today’s Fernandina Beach Leader. His varied interests, humor, and kindness made me wish I had known him. My condolences to the family.

  15. Rosie Stubbs May 24, 2023 at 12:15 pm

    I was so saddened to receive the note about losing your Soul Mate, Partner in Life, Best Friend Paul. I wish you Peace, Love and Joy in the memories you shared thru those 59 years. Beautiful photo tribute.
    Sending Thoughts and Prayers,
    Rosie Stubbs

  16. Pamela Teeter May 24, 2023 at 5:44 pm

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. What an amazing and kind person.

  17. Stephen Shick May 25, 2023 at 11:43 am

    I was fortunate to work with Paul for a few years before he retired. He was a phenomenal surgeon and an even better person. He made the world a better place for so many people. He shared many pearls of wisdom that were helpful to me throughout the years. Paul will be missed!

  18. Sue Keglovits May 25, 2023 at 12:54 pm

    Worked with him in Orthopedic Unit 1North quite a few years. Great man and surgeon.

  19. Dennis Lipton May 25, 2023 at 1:45 pm

    Dear Sarah and the Ramsey family,
    I extend my sincerest condolences to you and your entire family during this difficult time. Over the past few years, I’ve come to know Paul as a kind and generous individual who touched the lives of many, including mine. May the precious memories displayed on the beautiful tribute video shared on this page provide solace to all of you as you love and support one another. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    With deepest sympathy,
    Dennis Lipton

  20. Joseph P Porcaro May 25, 2023 at 2:32 pm

    Our deepest condolences to Dr Ramsey’s entire family. Paul was a good friend and a respected colleague. He will be remembered for his many years of service to Community Hospital and to the people of Anderson.
    Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Porcaro

  21. Beth and Taylor Edwards May 26, 2023 at 9:16 am

    Dear Sarah, we were so sad to receive your call about Paul’s passing. We will miss his witty sense of humor and brilliant intellect. We are just blessed to have know him and spend some time with him and you in Colorado. Please let Deborah, Scott, Ramsey and David know our hearts and prayers are with all of you at this time. We look forward to seeing you when you return. Love, Taylor and Beth

  22. Mary Lee Garrett May 28, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing, Sarah. Prayers to you and your family for peace and comfort in the days to come.

  23. Janet Rodgers Cunningham June 1, 2023 at 10:45 am

    I graduated from Jackson High School with Paul. I remember the good times we had because we had a small class and knew each other. He certainly has lived a great life successfully. I am proud to have know him.

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