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Obituary: Ransford, Orville Gene “Ike”

Fri., May 2, 2014

RANSFORD, Orville Gene “Ike” Ike exited this earthly existence on April 23, 2014.

Ike entered this world on April 3, 1930, in the small Midwestern town of Sibley, Iowa to his parents Otto and Mildred Ransford.

Ike was the couple’s second son of five boys, his brothers being Clyde, Robert and the twins Monty and Ward.

Otto, Mildred and their sons made their home in Oacoma South Dakota.

Ike lived life like any young man in Midwestern America…hunting, fishing, playing sports (especially basketball), and working hard wherever the jobs were.

Ike had an unfortunate hunting accident and lost his left arm at age 15.

Ike did not let this traumatic event defeat him.

He continued to live life with gusto, including playing basketball for many years.

He graduated from Chamberlain High School, in South Dakota in 1948.

Ike went on to graduate from Black Hills State College in 1951.

Ike began his teaching career at Lower Brule, South Dakota, and then to Belcourt, North Dakota.

It was in Belcourt where he met a lovely young lady named Carol Lee Martin.

They fell in love and were wed in June 1952.

The couple moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1953…they liked the Northwest.

They lived in Portland Oregon for a short time, and then moved to the small town of Wishram, Washington where Ike taught and coached.

In 1961, they moved to White Swan Washington.

His first principal job was in Moses Lake in 1962, where Ike was Principal at Peninsula School for 20 years until he retired in 1982.

He had many friends; some say “Ike never met a stranger”.

Ike is survived by his four sons and daughter-in-law, Robert, Michael, Timothy (Laura), Curt also five grandsons and five grand- daughters along with 16 great-grandchildren.

Ike is preceded in death by his wife Carol of 55 years July 28, 2007.

He is survived by his brother Ward Ransford, Iowa.

A memorial service will be held May 3rd, 11:00A.M.

at Our Lady of Fatima, 200 N. Dale Rd., Moses Lake, WA 98837.

A memorial fund will be set up in Ike’s name to the Knights of Columbus.


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