Ramelle C. MaCoy

Born: Thu., Jul. 9, 1925
Died: Mon., Oct. 10, 2016


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     Ramelle C. MaCoy, 91, of Mifflintown, passed away at home on Monday, October 10, 2016, surrounded by his friends and family.
    
Born in Carrollton, Mississippi on July 9, 1925 to Alma Keller, he was preceded in passing by his sister Daucie May and brother Devere MaCoy. Ramelle is survived by his wife of 36 years, Marilyn; his sons, Bruce and Greg; his daughter Melissa; as well as grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, and friends.
    
A graduate of The University of Illinois in Engineering, he went on to serve his country as a Navy diver.  After the war, Ramelle worked for Time Life magazine as a correspondent covering Europe and Asia, then served as the magazines' bureau chief for Central and South America. Afterwards, he settled in Newville, PA to become a farmer and publisher of a local newspaper.  He subsequently moved south where he was a union organizer and civil rights activist. He worked for several unions including the ILGWU, AFSCME, the Allied Industrial Workers and APSCUF.  While working for APSCUF he took up residence in Mifflintown, then went on to teach at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and moonlighted as a stage hypnotist, bringing joy, laughter, and relief to many people.
    
Ramelle was a strong, understanding man who treated everyone equally.  He was a gentle and kind person who enjoyed gardening, wood working, and a good joke. His smile, and tomato sandwiches will be missed by all who had the pleasure to enjoy both. We love you. 
    
A celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family at a later time.   
     In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Ramelle, may make donations to the Juniata County Library, 498 Jefferson St., Mifflintown, PA 17059.

     Condolences may be left at www.gussfh.com.

Charitable donations may be made in Ramelle's memory to the following organization:

Juniata County Library
498 Jefferson St., Mifflintown, PA 17059

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James Brann
   Posted Mon October 17, 2016
Ramelle was a superb journalist who knew some of the major figures in the Cold War. He once kidnapped Hans Baur, the pilot of Hitler, when Baur was
released by the Russians in 1955 after ten years imprisonment in that country.
Ramelle wanted to keep him away from The New York Herald Tribune and The New York times for a couple of days---so that TIME-LIFE could write about him first. Soe he took him to an expensive German hotel and fed him on the TIME-LIFE expense account.
Ramelle also knew Juan Peron when he was TIME-LIFE bureau chief in Buenos Aires in the late forties and early fifties. He found out about our U-2 flights over
Russia long before the Russians shot down Francis gary Powers in May, 1960. But he and TIME-LIFE sat on that story, not wanting to reveal a military secret.
And Ramelle was extrmely active in registering black voters in the south
during the Civil Rights strugges of the sixties. He was working with the
International Ladies Garment Union civil rights workers in that era, often at
considerable danger to himselt.
He taught me a lot about the politics of journalism. He was a good man and a brilliant one and I will miss him. He spoke to my classes at Boston University several times and the students liked him immensely.

Patricia Hertzler
   Posted Tue October 18, 2016
Ramelle was the essence of the saying, "live life to its fullest." I think he squeezed every single bit of joy out of his spectacular life. He shared his knowledge and talents with so many of us. Anyone who cares about the quality of education equal rights in Juniata County and far beyond owe much to this man. He was a great great man...I am so grateful that I had the pleasure of his company for the very few years that I did. God, I will miss him so much...so many of us will.

Ike Gittlen
   Posted Tue July 25, 2017
Unfortunately, I just was told of Ramelle's passing. As you know, he was one of my favorite people as well as a mentor and guidepost. His contributions to so many are his legacy. Every now and then you meet someone who simply is an unusual human being. That was Ramelle. Ann and I want to express our belated sympathy. I can't tell you how many times I've thought I should stop by again just to enjoy his company and your hospitality. Regrets now... Hope you are doing well.

Ike Gittlen
717-319-4294