Coward-Cooke Family History - Person Sheet
Coward-Cooke Family History - Person Sheet
NameRev. Myrl Peter Ramstad Jr.
Birth1 January 1932, Bricelyn, Faribault, Minnesota, USA
MemoDr. H.W. Sybilrud, attending physician.
Census11 April 1940, Osseo, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA
Death13 August 2000, Hermantown, St Louis, Minnesota, USA
MemoAtrial fibrilation
FatherMyrl Peter Ramstad Sr. (1901-1959)
MotherRuth Luna Smith (1905-1990)
Birth18 March 1934, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA
MemoGeneral Hospital; Dr. Hays
OccupationRegistered Nurse; Homemaker
ReligionUnited Methodist
FatherJames Clinton Ford (1914-1998)
MotherHazel Isabel Jones (1912-2005)
Marriage12 June 1954, Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, USA
Notes for Rev. Myrl Peter Ramstad Jr.
Myrl Peter Ramstad Jr. was born on Friday, 1 January 1932 at 3:10 p.m. in Bricelyn, MN (my understanding from his widow Bev was that he was born at home). Attending physician: Dr. Hjalmer W. Sybilrud (1894-1976). He was the second child and only son of Myrl Peter Ramstad (30) and Ruth Luna Smith Ramstad (26), parents. The way Grandma Ruth told it, she admonished the doctor to stay sober that New Years eve, as she knew she was going to have her baby the following day! 2 January 2015.

April 11, 1940 census, Osseo village, Hennepin county, Minnesota

Myrl P. Ramstad (39), head, married, born MN, residence on April 1,1935: Kanabec County, MN, occupation = Filling station attendant, own business. Lived at 120 Center St.
Ruth Ramstad (34), wife, married, born WI, residence on April 1, 1935: Kanabec County, MN, none.
Peggy Ramstad (13), daughter, single, born MN, residence on April 1, 1935: Kanabec County, MN, none.
Peter Ramstad (8), son, single, born MN, residence on April 1,1935: Kanabec County, MN, none.
Garrett Smith (71), father-in-law, married, born IL, residence on April 1, 1935: Kanabec County, MN, none.
Carrie Smith (58), mother-in-law, married, born Norway, residence on April 1, 1935: Kanabec County, MN, none.

Obituary: Rev. M. Peter Ramstad (1932-2000)
The Rev. M. Peter Ramstad, 68, of Hermantown, MN, died Sunday,August 13, 2000, in his home. He was born January 1, 1932 in Bricelyn,MN toMyrl and Ruth Ramstad. He graduated from Osseo High School, Hamline University, and Drew Theological Seminary. He married BeverlyFord in 1954 and was ordained Elder in the United Methodist Church in1956.As a faithful pastor for more than 40 years, he served the following United Methodist churches in Minnesota: Afton, Duluth Bethany and Riverview, Circle Pines, Minneapolis Simpson, Hutchinson Vineyard, Duluth First, Worthington First and Emmanuel, Duluth ChesterPark, TheUnited Church of Two Harbors and the United Protestant Church of Morgan Park. His interests in retirement included gardening, driving for Meals on Wheels, serving as supply preacher, and his grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly; a sister, Dr. Peggy Ramstad; a son, Peter and his wife Jan, and their daughters, Jennifer and Christine; a son, James and his wife Marlene and their daughters, Dagny and Alaina; a son, John and his wife Dawn and their children Matt, Thomas, and Lisa; and daughter the Rev. Ruth Ann Ramstad, her husband David Coward, and their sons Jonathan, Benjamin, and James.Visitation: 5-7 p.m. today in Hillside United MethodistChurch, 1801 Piedmont Avenue, with memorial service at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday in First United Methodist Church, 230 E. Skyline Parkway, Duluth. Arrangements by Bell Brothers Funeral Directors, 601 N. 56th Avenue West. Memorial contributions may be directed to the UnitedMethodistCommittee on Relief (UMCOR) or your local United Methodist Church.
(Duluth News-Tribune, Tuesday, 15 August 2000)

Letter from:
Peter Ramstad
Gustavus Adolphus College
St. Peter, MN

Ruth Smith Ramstad
Annandale, MN

Monday evening
[November 1949]

Dear Mother,
Well I don't know how to start, but I am considering very strongly to transfer and go into the ministry at Hamline [University] next fall. This may sound like a surprise to you but I had a call again tonight. When I see the way so many young people are wasting their lives, even at a Christian college, it's a shame.
With my talents and guts I am sure God would see me through. A phy.ed. major seems worthless with my talents.
It would be too much red tape to transfer between semesters and it would also give me more time to be sure.
Please don't think that this is an emotional uprising. You knew clear last summer that I was being a called.
Some of my credits would transfer but it would probably take me 4 years to complete my pre-seminary work. I am not worried about finances and I am only 17 so time isn't a very great factor.Look at Burton Larson. He is really behind the eight ball.
Please don't mention this to anyone outside of the family. Time will only tell. I know you would be behind me all the way.
Love and God be with you,

P.S. I'll be home Friday night on the 7 o'clock or the 8:30 o'clock bus.

P.S. Maybe I could write Hamline a letter and see about transferring between semesters. I'll see. I'll talk to you during Christmas vacation.
I guess it takes a year for a person to wake up.

Note: The envelope (and postmark) for this essential letter in young Peter Ramstad's life did not survive. Peter graduated from OsseoHighSchool in May 1949 at the age of seventeen, and this letter dates from his first year at college (1949-1950), fall semester at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. His mother, Ruth Smith Ramstad(1905-1990) held onto it as a keepsake, and passed it along to Peter& Bev after her death. It was brought out and framed for Peter's memorial service on 16 August 2000, and has been kept that way ever since.
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