Ross Matthew Woodburn, 56, of Monteagle, Tennesssee, passed Thursday, Dec. 24, in his home after a gallant battle with a rare type of M.S. known as NMO.
Matt was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, on Dec. 30, 1963, to Ross Woodburn and Kathryn Farmer Woodburn. He developed a keenness for learning at a young age and spent his spare time studying and reenacting American and European military history, making many lifelong friendships and enriching his proficiency with worldwide travel. Matt enjoyed a fulfilling career with Ramsey Solutions of Franklin (formerly the Dave Ramsey Lampo Group) and retired as the chief operations officer and member of the board of directors. Matt also was a Master Mason of Franklin, Harim No. 7 Blue Lodge.
Prior to joining the Ramsey Group, Matt spent 19 years working in the family automotive parts business in Terre Haute and Indianapolis, learning invaluable perception from his stepfather, Julius Loeser.
Matt married Allison L. Freemon of Nashville on Dec. 10, 2001, in the Governor’s mansion at Williamsburg, Virginia and located in Franklin, later adding a lake house in Monteagle, Tennessee.
Matt and his wife donated a wing to the Mercy Healthcare for All Children Clinic, naming it after his parents. He was a member of the Brentwood Baptist Church in Nashville, where he and his wife participated in Bible studies.
Matt graduated from Terre Haute South High School in 1982, was a member of National Honor Society and lettered in track, swimming and football. He attended Indiana University from 1982-1986, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business and was a member of Chi Phi Fraternity.
Matt was preceded in death by his great-grandparents Leo and Louise Famer; grandparents Dr. and Mrs. H.W. Farmer, Mr. and Mrs. Gershon Loeser, and Mr. and Mrs. Ross Woodburn Sr.; aunt, Mrs. Jeanie Woodburn Ogden; and father, Ross William Woodburn.
He is survived by his parents Julius and Kathryn Farmer Loeser; brother, Jeff Loeser (Cathy); niece and nephew Madison and Jordan Loeser; aunt, Mrs. Mary Francis Farmer Conrad; uncle, Dr. J. Phillip Farmer, and aunt, Kay Stewart Farmer; uncle, Edwin, and aunt, Anita Loeser; uncle, Ed Ogden; cousins Susan K. Dawson and Greg, Laurie and William Farmer, and William Phillip Farmer, Kathy Farmer Combs and Brad Combs; children Jack, Ted, Charles, Adam and Seth Loeser and their families Bill, Ed and Susie Ogden, Craig and Karen Farmer, Mr. Stewart Farmer, Mr. Dwight and Carolyn Farmer, Mrs. Eddie Farmer Christman and Tom Leman and family.
A celebration of life will be held at St. Stephen’s Church (Terre Haute, Indiana) when gathering is safe. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.