Jackie B. “Jack” Ransom, age 83, passed away at 6:08 am, Monday, July 17, 2017 at his home following an illness.

Jack was born April 26, 1934 in Galena, Kan. His parents were Cecil and Emma (Stratton) Ransom.

He graduated from Galena High School with the class of 1953 and moved to Baxter Springs a few weeks later where he has lived throughout his adult life. He first worked at Root Manufacturing in Baxter Springs before becoming employed at B F Goodrich, Miami Okla. where he worked until 1985. It was then he began working for the Cherokee County Highway Department until his retirement in 2002.

He was a veteran of the U S Naval Reserves. He was a member of the Tennessee Prairie Friends Church, Baxter Springs, the Baxter Lions Club, United Rubber Workers Union, and Drifters Car Club. He was a pioneer of the girls’ softball program in Baxter Springs and was instrumental in starting the MKO Softball League. He enjoyed boating, fishing, rebuilding automobiles, and watching his grandchildren’s sporting activities. His closest companion was his pet dog, Molly B.

He was married to Bernice F Marsh July 26, 1953 in Baxter Springs, Kan. She preceded him in death August 8, 2014. He was also preceded in death by one great grandson, Aedan Cunningham.

Surviving are four daughters, Brenda Ross (husband Bob), Carl Junction, Mo., Terry Sills, Joplin, Mo., Leann Ransom, Baxter Springs, and Jacque Turner,(husband , Jody) Baxter Springs; two brothers, J D Ransom, (wife, Irene) Joplin, Mo., and Jesse Ransom, (wife, Debbie) State of Florida; two sisters, Sonna Fanning, Mt. Vernon, Mo., Crystal Jones (husband, Randy), Carthage, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren and one expectant great grandson.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Thursday, July 20, 2017 at Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel, Baxter Springs, Kan. Burial will be in Lowell Cemetery, Lowell, Kan.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, July 19 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Tennessee Prairie Friends Church or the American Cancer Society in care of the funeral home.