William R. Ransom Jr.

Feb. 10, 2016

William R. Ransom Jr. (BS MECH EGR ’48) died Feb. 4 at his home in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 91.

He was born Aug. 19, 1924, in Pontiac, Mich., to Marion (Page) and William R. Ransom Sr. 

He was a graduate of Michigan State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1948. 

He proudly served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. 

He was a retired vice president of both U.S. Steel and Kimberly Clark corporations. He was a member of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical & Marine Engineers, International Ship Masters Association, Society of Naval Architects & Marine engineers, Society of American Military, and Engineers, and Engineering Society of Detroit.

He resided in Vero Beach as a snowbird for the past 30 years, summering in Lake Vermillion, Minn. He became a general aviation pilot in his retirement, flying locally in Florida and between Florida and Minnesota annually.

He is survived by his second wife, Rebecca A. Ransom; children from his beloved deceased wife of 54 years, Doris R. Ransom, with sons, Chip, Chris, Scott, and daughter, Page Ransom-Adgani; eight grandchildren, Vanessa, Natalie, Annalisa, Sophia, Bree, Michele, Kavon, and Cameron; great-grandchildren, Owen & Alex; step-children Kim Heavin, Frank Bartko, and Karen Mattern; and step-grandchildren, Abby, Ben, Stacey, Sam, and Joe.

He was predeceased by his wife, Doris Ruth Ransom; sisters, Kathryn Cox, Marion Jones, and Drucilla Neal; and step-son, Garrett Bartko.

A memorial service was conducted Feb. 20 at the First Presbyterian Church in Vero Beach. 

Contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 520 Royal Palm Blvd., Vero Beach, Fla. 32960.

Condolences may be given at www.lowtherfuneralhome.com