Ralph Ransom, 1923 ~ 2010

Ralph H. Ransom passed on from his journey in life, peacefully surrounded by the love of his family at home on April 23, 2010.

He was born Dec. 20, 1923 in Ann Arbor, Mich. to Cora and Ralph Ransom.

Our father entered the military in 1942, serving our country for more than 10 years, both in the Marines and in the Army. He was a WWII and Korean War veteran.

He was famous for the “stories” he could tell and the jokes that would make you laugh, and how original and funny they were! He loved to cook, and we all loved to eat it! He was well-known for his talent in cooking. He ran a Henny Penny Restaurant in California for a while, as well as a concession stand in Taos, N.M. People came solely for his pies. For a short while, he ran a meat wagon here in Moab.

He enjoyed bowling, fishing, word puzzles, solitaire, John Wayne movies, and, of course, cooking. Our father loved the Lord and would give you the shirt off of his back. He had a big heart and loved to give.

He will be greatly missed and talked about for many years to come. He was a very unique individual, with the gift of gab, and he touched so many lives in so many different ways.

Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, Cora and Ralph Ransom; his brothers, Bobby and Melvin; his sisters, Louise and Patricia, all of Michigan; and his third-born infant son, Walter James Ransom.

He is survived by his siblings, Edwin of Michigan, Donald “Pete,” of California, Barbara Ann of Michigan; his children: Cora Rogers (Bill) of Michigan, Barbara Ann Hood (Robert) of Canada, Charles Ransom of Michigan, Tanya Relitz (Duke) of Moab, Utah, Ron Ransom of California, Ma’Lynda Carrisoza (Angel) of Ft. Hood, Texas, Anastasia Newman (Wayne) of Indiana, Crystal Yarbrough (Tom), and William Ransom, all of Colorado; 22 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at the Sunset Memorial Cemetery on Thursday, April 29, at 3 p.m.

Donations in lieu of flowers may be given to the local C.N.S. Hospice or WWII American Legion. Funeral arrangements are by Kimmerle-Hefner Funeral Home.