Jacob (J.D.) VanRamshorst, Jr.

Jacob (J.D.) VanRamshorst, Jr., 59, of Santa Fe, TX passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2022. He was born to parents, Jacob VanRamshorst, Sr. and Bonnie (Martin) VanRamshorst on December 9, 1962 in El Paso, Texas.

J.D. worked as a waste water plant operator for 33 years at The Bacliff Municipal Utility District. He enjoyed carpentry work which included building custom wood cabinets. He learned many of his skills from his best friend of 41 years Butch Soucy.  J.D. loved watching old westerns featuring Clint Eastwood and John Wayne. He also enjoyed a relaxing vacation with his family at Bethy Creek.

Jacob is survived by his wife, Debbie VanRamshorst; parents, Jacob VanRamshorst, Sr. and Bonnie (Martin) VanRamshorst; daughter, Bridgette McCulloch and husband, Cole;  sons, Thomas Riehl and wife, Mandy, David Riehl and wife, Brittany and Robert Riehl and wife, Chelsea; sisters, Audrey VanRamshorst, Nancy Waterman and husband, Joe and niece Zoe. 7 grandchildren; Kelsea Risinger, Memphis Riehl, Jase Riehl, Kinsley Riehl, Cora Riehl, Reese McCulloch, and Finn Riehl.

In his honor, a visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at 5:00 pm at Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson, Texas. A memorial service will follow at 6:00pm.


  1. Audrey and Family,

    I was sorry to hear of JD Jr’s passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
    May God wrap you in His comfort at this time.

    Genie Potes
  2. We are sending you all our love. So sorry to hear this news. We are thinking of you and wishing you strength.
    Love, Enid, Robby, Carmen, Valentino, Lorenzo and Giancarlo

    Enid Graham
  3. I am so sorry for the loss of JD. My husband Ryan Pittman, Brian Pace, Carlos Pena and my brother John Sheppard (who passed in 2015) were the best of friends with JD all through high school and in life. Even though you grow up and have your own families, these guys could get together and pick up right where they left off. That is true friendship. We will continue to hold you all up in prayer during this difficult time.

    Julie Pittman
  4. So sorry to hear the news about JD’s passing. We haven’t seen JD in nearly 20 years but we remember him as a kind and generous man. I’m sure he will be sorely missed by many.

    Ross White
  5. Please know that all of JD’s family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers. I enjoyed our few conversations with Deb and him while the grandkids would play at Chick-fil-A with some of my grandkids. He has his wings I am sure.

    Vicki Jernigan
  6. From the Graham/Sella family, we are sending all our love and deepest condolences for the loss of JD. May you find peace and courage in your remembrance of him. Blessings.

    Robby, Enid, Carmen and Boys
  7. May God provide his comfort to all your family at this difficult time. Know that many are thinking of you during this time. Blessings!

    Sharon Van Ramshorst

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