G. Ramsey Yoder
It is with great sadness that Aris Horticulture, Inc. announces the passing of Chairman and visionary leader, G. Ramsey Yoder who died quietly Tuesday, March 2, at the age of 87 from complications related to pneumonia.
Mr. Yoder served as President starting in 1977 and then CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors in 1989. He retired as CEO in 1992 but remained as Chairman.
Prior to his executive positions, he joined Yoder Brothers in 1955 as a mum propagator in the Barberton greenhouses. He was promoted to management in 1959 when he transferred to California to develop the Salinas operation. His life’s work was centered on the company for more than 74 years.
Ramsey’s vision helped the company leverage its strengths, adapt to change, and become a leading, world class horticulture company.
Throughout Ramsey’s career, he fostered a close-knit relationship with employees, customers, and top industry leaders.Ramsey recently wrote in connection with the company’s 100-year anniversary that “it’s been an exciting life met with challenges”, but he always looked to the future. He was quick to acknowledge and thank the employee group for their effort and determination and was hopeful for even more success in the future.
Scott Schaefer, President & CEO, stated that “the company’s achievements under his leadership have made a lasting impact on the industry. While no one is ever completely ready for such an event, the company and Yoder family have provided for succession and Board of Directors transition.”
Ramsey lived on a farm in Tinmouth, VT. He loved to travel and was an avid fly-fisherman. Pre-deceased by his first wife, Patty, he is survived by two sons, Brad and Shane, and wife Denise (Tess). He will be greatly missed by all Aris employees, who send their condolences to the Yoder family.