Face to face: Tonganoxie Senior Club president Mel Ramseier
Name: Mel Ramseier
Born: St. Joseph, Mo. Ramseier lived there until he joined the Army at age 23 in 1957.
He served 21 months in Chicago. He attended school at Fort Bliss in Texas before being stationed in Gardner.
Family: Wife, Patricia; three children, Tamara Westgate, Leawood and Surprise, Ariz., Jeff Ramseier, rural Tonganoxie, and Kimberly Hanson, Tonganoxie; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Occupation: Retired data processing manager for Old American Insurance on the Plaza in Kansas City, Mo., where Russell Stover is now. He’s also president of Tonganoxie Seniors Club, Christ the King Credit Union and MoKan Antique Power Association.
Dream job as a child: Ramseier thought he would be a machinist after high school, but he said that never materialized. He couldn’t find a job in the field. He then joined the Army.
Digging deeper: What Ramseier thought would be his career has become his hobby, in a sense.
Involved in the MoKan group, Ramseier attends many antique engine shows, the farthest being a show in Iowa. He’s also gone to shows in Adrian, Mo., Platte City, Mo., and Craig, Mo., as well as Meriden and the McLouth Threshing Bee.
Ramseier grew up on a farm. His grandfather had an engine that pumped water.
“When I was old enough to go to shows, I just liked them,” Ramseier said.
He decided to get his own engine.
“They’re kind of like potato chips,” Ramseier said. “You can’t have just one. So now I have a whole shop full of them.”
Ramseier and his wife like to travel and attend Polka dances.
Saturday, they attended a seniors prom at his alma mater, Lafayette High School in St. Joe. Current students put on a “prom” for alumni.
Ramseier and his wife also like to attend Polka dances and travel in general.