Ransom Johnson, Jr.
was born on August 10, 1936 in Dumas, Arkansas.
He is the second
son of Ransom Johnson, Sr., and Morse Lee Johnson, and the younger brother
of Curlee Johnson.
In 1938, Ransom
moved to Chicago with his parents and resided in the Ida B. Wells Homes. He
attended Oakland Grade School and later went on to graduate from Wendell
Phillips High School in 1954 where he played baseball and ran track.
Ransom went on to
attend Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, where he thrived –
playing baseball, swimming and running track. He also pledged the fraternity
Kappa Alpha Psi and was in the R.O.T.C. Ransom graduated summa cum laude
from Central State University in 1958 with a Bachelors of Science in
Ransom served in the United States Army where he rose to the rank of
Captain. He traveled extensively while in the service and volunteered for
After retiring from
the Army, Ransom worked in the private sector as an accountant for such
firms as Peat Marwick. Eventually Ransom pursued a career in government,
where he worked as a federal auditor and accountant for the Department of
Energy (DOE) in Illinois and Indiana.
Working for the
federal government at the DOE also took Ransom to Texas – where he was an
avid tennis player and coach. He was also a founding member of the U.S.P.T.R.,
with acclaimed tennis professional Dennis Van der Meer.
transitioned to a position as a federal auditor with the Army Corps of
Engineers in New York City where he worked for many years before
transferring to the Defense Finance Accounting Service in Indianapolis.
Ransom – loving
known as ďRandyĒ - later in life married Samantha Hill and the two
celebrated eighteen years of marriage together and made their home in his
hometown of Chicago.
Ransom was honored
for his over thirty-seven years of service to the U.S. Government as a
civilian and as an officer. He was a finance officer in the U.S. Army and a
tank commander in Vietnam.
Ransom was also a
beloved tennis coach at Chesterton High School (2009-2016) and Chesterton
Parks and Recreation (2000-2017) where he shared his love for the game with
Jr., leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Samantha, his six children Evita,
Evetta, Nancy, Monica, Sarah and Ransom, his two step-sons Anthony and
Courtney, his step-daughter Shannon, his two son-in-laws Sterling and Khris,
his sonís fiancée Andrea, his five grandchildren Kristin, Lawrence, Dylan,
Khristopher and Laylah and a host of relatives, friends and colleagues.