Ramo Eugene Stott, 87, of Keokuk, passed away at the University of Iowa Hospital on Thursday, August 19, 2021, after a long bout with cancer.
An always “colorful” guy with a “hundred dollar” smile. Ramo was born April 6, 1934, the son of Lloyd Clarence and Flaudia Evelyn (Orton) Stott in Mt. Sterling, Iowa. He graduated from Kahoka High School in 1953. He was united in marriage to Judy Ann Hawley on the family farm in Kahoka, Mo. On November 25th 1954. Ramo served in the Army National Guard in Keokuk.
Ramo was a professional stock car driver from 1955 until 1990 with over 400 victories to his credit. “Pop” started with Jalopies on the dirt, All the way to the high speeds of the 2½ mile super speedways of Daytona and Talladega in his famed #7 Superbird or the occasional wheel borrow race if need be. Ramo was a two time ARCA National Champion and one time USAC National Champion. He raced in 34 Winston Cup races from 1967 to 1984. With a second place finish in the 1972 Talladega 500 as his top finish. He was also the 1976 Daytona 500 pole winner.
After “retiring” from racing Ramo drove in many “old timers” races winning more times than not. In 1995, he was invited to drive in a special race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on the ¼ mile front stretch track before the Winston All Star Race. With a field of 30 plus cars, Ramo started mid-pack and took the win in impressive style.
Ramo is survived by his wife of over 66 years, Judy Ann, Ramo’s best ever team mate, sidekick, and partner. Four children: Cynthia (Jeff) Masterson of Sutter, IL, Ramona (Kirk) Savage of Keokuk, IA, Corrie (Alison) Stott of Denver, NC, and Lance (Stephanie) Stott of Carthage, IL; siblings: Clarence Stott, Nancy (Larry) Adamson of Kahoka, MO and Rozella (Gary) Younker of Denver, CO. 8 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren.
Ramo touched lives from all points of the USA and will be dearly missed. He would tell people he “lived the American dream” and was red, white and blue to the very end.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Louise Rockhold, brother Danny Stott, and granddaughter Barb Masterson.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Keokuk Yacht Club on Sunday, August 29, 2021, from 1:00 – 5:00 P.M. DeJong-Greaves-Printy Funeral Home of Keokuk is in charge of arrangements. Please wear your colorful apparel, Race shirts, Hawaiian shirts and favorite hat.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Ramo Stott family for the establishment of the Ramo Stott Racing Memorial Fund.
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