Wesley Lee Rampy Jr. “Lee” was born Jan 12, 1927, in Three Forks, Mont. He grew up on various homesteads built by his dad in the Gallatin Valley. Lee met his lovely wife-to-be, Betty Jean Redfield, while working the Jumping Horse Ranch as a cowboy. Betty Jean was staying with Melvin Icenoggle and his wife, training their imported jumping horses. They were married on June 21, 1949 and were married for 72 years.
Lee worked various jobs throughout his lifetime. He worked as a pipeliner all over the country, his rig an 8’x40’ camper hauled with his ‘57 Chevy Bel-air. He worked for Pfizer Talc for many years, then after retiring, traveled the county as a meter reader for Vigilante Electric. Lee and Betty settled on Betty’s Aunt and Uncle’s lower ranch in Twin Bridges. Lee loved to tend his lawn, trim his trees and take long walks. He was a great horseman and loved to carve stone and sketch the cowboy way of life he loved so much.
Lee passed away peacefully, bound for heaven, on February 24 at age 95. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister. Lee is survived by his wife Betty Jean Rampy, sister Rosanne Coy of Laurel, Mont., brother Ed Rampy of West Yellowstone, children Karen (Ron) Goldsberry, Ralph (Mary) Rampy, and many grandchildren and extended family.
A funeral will be held Monday, February 28 at 10 a.m. at the Mountain View Chapel in Twin Bridges, Mont