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John H. Ransom
February 11, 1941 - July 5, 2011


John Harland Ransom, 70, of Oelwein died Tuesday July 5, 2011 at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo.

Funeral services for John will be held at 11AM on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at the Fayette Community Church in Fayette, Iowa with Pastor Carl Tenney officiating. Visitation will be from 9-11AM that same day at the church as well.  For condolences, please visit www.geilenfeldfh.com.

John was born February 11, 1941 in Charles City, Iowa to parents Harland John and Margaret (Haag) Ransom.  He attended several country schools in the Charles City area and graduated from Charles City High School in 1959. 

John was united in marriage to Nancy Smith in 1958, they later divorced.  In 1978, John was united in marriage to Rebecca McGuinn who passed away in 1994.  In 1995, John was united in marriage to Cheryl (Corbin) Carey in Edgewood.

John was a tool and die maker/engineer at Oliver in Charles City for 26 years.  He then worked at GMT in Waverly until his health required his retirement.

John loved playing the piano, and was very good at tuning them.  He was a member of the Musician’s Union and the Piano Tuners Guild.  He played in a traveling gospel group, playing at many nursing homes in the Charles City area.  John enjoyed gardening and small engine repair, and generally fixing things up.  John especially loved teaching his Sunday School group of teens and reading his Bible.  He cherished his time spent traveling with his wife.  John will be dearly missed by all who knew, and continue to love him.

Left to celebrate John’s life is his loving wife Cheryl; his children Billy Jo Ransom, Crystal (Tim) Fairlie, Sonja Bosier, and Amber Ransom; his many step-children; his many grandchildren, step-grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; his brother Richard (Edita) Ransom, his sisters Dixie (Duane) Steele, and Kathy (Jack) Jensen, as well as many friends.

In death, John has rejoined his parents, and his daughter Jewel Ransom. 


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Jim and Olive Slye on July 9, 2011 at 5:19 AM said:

Dear Cheryl, Dixie, Kathy, Richard, and families,

We were sorry to hear of J.R.'s death and do extend to all of you our sincere sympathy and love. He was a young fellow when we first met him. We're so glad that he loved and served Jesus. Our prayers are with all of you.
Terri & Fred Smock family on July 8, 2011 at 1:17 PM said:

Cheryl, Pam & Steve & family: So sorry to hear of JR's passing. What a character! I really enjoyed visiting with him recently at Jordon's grad party. I know how much you love him and will miss him greatly. Our prayers to you all during this difficult time. ... Love you ...
Dave Kicherer on July 7, 2011 at 7:59 PM said:

I am very sorry to here of John's passing as he was a classmate of mine. We were not that close in school but I always enjoyed our conversations together. In later years our paths crossed again at work and at several class reunions. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of his family as we know he is now with our Lord and Savior.
Connie & Verdon Smith on July 7, 2011 at 9:23 AM said:

So sorry to here JR's passing. Sorry we can't come for the funeral. We are trying to get some hay up, and are having a time. We have had so much rain the meadows are just soggy. We are so glad we all got together last fall as to who new what lay ahead. Cheryl are prayers will be with you and the family. Write when you can or e-mail. vsmith@telebeep.com so we know how your doing.
Our Love,
Connie & Verdon
Greg & Brenda Norby Family on July 6, 2011 at 1:23 PM said:

Cheryl; Pam, Steve & family,
Very sorry to hear of your loss. Cling to the memories . . . the love, the laughter, and the joy you shared with JR. Nothing can erase your time together.

Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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