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James P. Ransford


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James P. Ransford Obituary
October 22, 1924 - August 26, 2017 Jim Ransford was born on October 22, 1924 and passed away peacefully while having lunch on August 26, 2017. He grew up in the hills of Hollywood and joined the Army Air Corps in February 1943. As a 2nd lieutenant he commanded a Loran Station at Big Sur at the end of WWII, guiding the planes home from the Pacific. He subsequently attended Cal and with a degree in engineering, worked as an aerospace engineer at McDonnell Douglas for 30 years. He married Carol Kassler in 1953 and they had 4 children: Mark (Linda), Ken (Emily), Sara (Gordon), and Julie (Bob). He was widowed in 1974. In 1978 he married Barbara Reager, also widowed. She added 3 children to their brood: Kevin (Ally), Craig (Robin) and Karen (Leon). As the years went by, their family of 7 grew to 38: their children & spouses; grandchildren & 4 spouses; and 6 great-grandchildren. After Jim's retirement, he and Barbara traveled the world, always returning to their beloved Palisades home and wonderful family. He is survived by his wife Barbara and all his descendants.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 6, 2017
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