He was born June 9, 1925, in Cape Girard-eau County, Mo., to John Clyde and Lillian Ella Statler Ramsey.
He and Betty Lou Chapman were married May 25, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
James was a member of LaCroix United Methodist Church in Cape Girardeau.
He served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the Asiatic Pacific Theater and participated in the Okinawa Campaign.
He retired in 1988 as superintendent of construction and operations from Missouri Utilities and Ameren UE after 35 years of service.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Lou Ramsey of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; two sons, John N. and Vickie of Heber Springs, Ark., and Thomas L. and Deb of Ballwin, Mo.; one daughter, Sue Ellen Talley and husband Brad of Whitewater, Mo.; one sister, Shirley Kurre of Lexington Park, Md.; two grandsons, Jason Ramsey and Deb of Ark., and John Pursell and Carisa of Cape Girardeau, Mo.; two granddaughters, Alexis Gayer and Paul of Colo., and Kaylee Ramsey of Fla.; one step-grandson, Jody Parker of Wichita, Kan.; one great-grandson, Benjamin Ramsey Pursell; one step-great-grandson, Kyle Parker and one step-great-granddaughter, Kylie Ann Parker; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Charles W. Ramsey.
Visitation was held on Monday, May 14, 2012, at Ford & Sons Mt. Auburn Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau. Funeral services were conducted on Monday, May 14, 2012, at the funeral home with the Rev. Rob Mehner officiating.
Burial followed at Cape County Memorial Park in Cape Girardeau. Military rites were conducted by the Missouri Honor Guard.
The family requests memorial contributions may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105.
Ford & Sons Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.