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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

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Firefighter
Age: 71
Year of Death: 2014

James Thomas “Tom” Rhamey

Tom Rhamey served proudly as a member, former captain, first responder, and firefighter with the Lakeville Volunteer Fire Department for 55 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of Vietnam and was awarded a Bronze Star medal for his service. Tom also served as a member of the Ohio National Guard in its fire brigade.

Tom was an insurance agent and member of the board of directors of a mutual insurance company, operating his own agency.

Tom enjoyed collecting antique Massey-Harris farm tractors and tinkering with anything mechanical. His many trophies attest to his skill for making the old things run better.

As a former basketball, baseball, and softball athlete Tom coached youth teams and loved watching all sporting events, especially NASCAR and the Ohio State Buckeye teams. He also enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s events.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Saundra (Stitzlein) Rhamey; a son, Scott Rhamey; a daughter, Karissa Rhamey Ulmer (C. Wesley Ulmer Jr); and five grandchildren.

A lifelong Lutheran, Tom was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Loudonville, Ohio.

Tom was a wonderful, funny, common sense guy, who would be embarrassed by this attention, but he served proudly and was totally dedicated to his family, his community, and his country.

His favorite statement: “I don’t want to be in the parade – I just want to be there when they march by.”

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