David Leland Ransom, 71, of Traverse City, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. Dave was born on Sept. 18, 1946 in Traverse City, to the late Robert and Marjorie (Shepardson) Ransom.
Dave proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy on the USS Kitty Hawk during the Vietnam War. Over the course of his career, Dave worked in the Heating, Cooling and Ventilation industry. However, his love for flying led to his piloting the corporate planes for a number of area businesses, allowing him to travel the United States. He also loved nature and spending time outdoors, especially on Drummond Island with his good friends.
He enjoyed being with his family and never missed an opportunity to take pictures or videotape his grandchildren's special events. David leaves a loving legacy to his family.
Dave is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Gloria; two daughters, Michele Ransom-Gamble and Becky Ransom; five beloved grandchildren, Deontae, Reece, Tegan, Kaylin and Addison. Also surviving are a brother, Tom (Siri) Ransom; a niece, Linsley Ransom; as well as many of Gloria's extended family.
The visitation celebrating David's life with his family will take from 10 a.m. to noon on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth St., Traverse City, MI 49684. The committal service will follow at Oakwood Cemetery, Pastor Chris Lane will officiate. Military honors will be conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Navy, Cherryland V.F.W. post 2780 and American Legion post 35.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial donation to Interlochen Public Radio, PO Box 199, Interlochen, MI 49643-0133.
Please feel free to share your thoughts and memories with Dave's family at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
The family is being cared for by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Published on October 18, 2017