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Donnie J. Ransom

April 24, 1934 — June 25, 2021

Donnie J. Ransom
Sheldon, Iowa

Donnie J. Ransom, age 87, of Sheldon who passed away on Friday, June 25, 2021, at Sanford Sheldon Medical Center. His funeral service will be at 1:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 1, 2021, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon with Rev. Daniel Baker ~ officiating.

Graveside service will be held at 3:30 P.M. on Thursday, July 1, 2021, at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery in rural Hull, Iowa with military honors by McGlothlen-Cowie Post #145 of the American Legion.

Visitation with family present will be from 12 noon until service time on Thursday, July 1, 2021, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon.

Arrangements are under the care of the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon.


IN LOVING MEMORY OF
DONNIE J. RANSOM

BORN
April 24, 1934 ~ Sibley, Iowa
PASSED AWAY
June 25, 2021 ~ Sheldon, Iowa

FUNERAL SERVICE
1:00 P.M. Thursday, July 1, 2021
St. Paul Lutheran Church; Sheldon, Iowa
Rev. Daniel Baker ~ Officiating

MUSIC
“I Love To Tell The Story”
Sung by: Gail Pike
CONGREGATIONAL HYMNS
“A Mighty Fortress”
“What A Friend We Have In Jesus”
“Amazing Grace”
Pianist: Arlyce Oosterhuis

HONORARY CASKET BEARER
Dick Binder
CASKET BEARERS
Bradley Schisel Rodney Schisel
Daniel Schisel Mark Behrens
Curtis Behrens

FINAL RESTING PLACE
3:30 P.M. Graveside Thursday, July 1, 2021
St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery ~ Hull, Iowa

Military rights presented by:
McGlothlen-Cowie Post #145 of the American Legion

After today’s service, relatives and friends
are Invited to join the family in the
fellowship hall of the church.

Arrangements are under the care of the
Vander Ploeg Funeral Home; Sheldon, Iowa.

Donnie Joe Ransom was born April 24, 1934, to Merle C. Ransom and Zelma “Tiny” Saunders at Sibley, Iowa. Donnie’s stepfather was Ray Meyer. Donnie received his education at the Sibley Public School and graduated from Rock Valley High School. Donnie enjoyed playing and watching sports, especially basketball and baseball. He was a member of the United States Air Force and United States Army from August 13, 1953, to July 27, 1955. During Donnie’s service in the Army, he did a tour of duty in Germany. Donnie met Wilma M. Behrens when she was an elementary school teacher at the Paullina Public School. On July 5, 1959, he was united in marriage to Wilma Behrens at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hull, Iowa.
They lived in Sibley for three years following their marriage until moving to Long Beach, California where Wilma completed her college education from California State College. In 1965, they moved to Akron, Iowa where Wilma retired in 1998. In 2004, Donnie and Wilma moved to Sheldon. Donnie passed at Sanford Sheldon Medical Center on Friday, June 25, 2o21 surrounded by family, reaching the age of 87 years, 2 months and 1 day.
Donnie was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon. He was also a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of McGlothlen-Cowie Post #145 of the American Legion. He enjoyed telling stories about World War II and fishing for bullheads. Religion and faith were an important part of his life, which made him a caring person. While in Akron he received an award for the best-groomed lawn and beautiful flowers.
Donnie is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Wilma of Sheldon, many brothers, sisters, in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather, brothers, sisters, and in-laws.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sheldon or to a charitable organization of your choice.
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Thursday, July 1, 2021

12:00 - 12:50pm (Central time)

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Thursday, July 1, 2021

3:30 - 3:45pm (Central time)

St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery Hull, Iowa

3483 290th St., Hull, IA 51239

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