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Ransom Johnson, Jr. passes away

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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 Accounting.

After graduation, 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 Vietnam.

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.

Eventually, Ransom 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 his students.

Ransom Johnson, 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.


Posted 6/22/2018




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