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Ransom John Ransom, 82, of Galena, OH. Classic country music lost one of its biggest fans on June 5, 2017 with the death of John J. "Jack" Ransom. Born in Nashville, TN and raised in Gambier, OH, John was an accomplished programmer and IT leader whose analytical mind was drawn to the fledging computer industry after his graduation from Ohio State University in 1957. His friends include colleagues from Nationwide, GE, BancOhio and White Castle, many who shared John's passion for chess and Jotto. A lifetime member of JMS Shooting Center, John was an avid trapshooter who enjoyed introducing others to the sport. He could lighten any situation with a seemingly endless supply of jokes, some more colorful than others. The best dad and grandpa ever, John will be greatly missed by his daughters, Jane (Jay) Arrington and Betsy (Dave) Bender; grandchildren, Jake (Abby) Bender, John Garrison, Katy Bender and Katie Garrison; and great-granddaughter, Lacey Bender. John is also survived by his close friend and former wife, Loa Ransom. John joins loved ones who preceded him in death, including his cherished son John H. Ransom, dear parents Robb Reavill and John Crowe Ransom, beloved sister Helen Forman and brother D. Reavill Ransom, whom he admired very much. Private burial at Galena Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to People In Need of Delaware County.

Published in The Columbus Dispatch on June 8, 2017
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