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08/30/1915 — 04/07/2011
From Kennewick, WA, US | Born in Broken Arrow, OK
Carl Ransdell passed away at Avalon Health Care April 7 of age related illness. He was born in Broken Arrow, Okla. August 30, 1915 and lived in the Tri-Cities area for 28 years.
Carls career started at age 15 in the oil fields of Oklahoma. He was entrepreneurial in spirit and developed his own drilling company, United Drilling. His company provided water and oil drilling services in the Southwestern U.S.
He was in the Navy Seabees during WWII, where he served with honor and was severely wounded in battle.
At age 40 he began a second career with Bechtel as a superintendent. He worked and traveled throughout the U.S. and Canada with Bechtel for over 30 yrs. He developed an affinity for the Tri-Cities area during construction of the FFTF.
For over 40 yrs., Carls primary hobby was flying his own plane. He, along with his wife Fay, enjoyed picking and canning local fruit and vegetables. This was an activity for which Carl regularly recruited all visitors and grandchildren, willing and unwilling.
Carl was proud of his affiliation as a 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner.
Carl and his wife of 51 yrs. retired in the Tri-Cities area so they could near their four youngest grandchildrens Rachael, Ricky, Renae and Raquel Ransdell activities.
For the past 17 yrs., since Fays death, Carl was able to live in at home with the assistance of his son Rick. Neighbors Pat and Jerry Wallace made a major contribution in supporting his needs.
The final 2 yrs. of Carls life were spent living in Avalon Health Care where he and his family received love and support during his physical challenges.
Carl is preceded in death by his wife Fay, sisters Esther Perry and Juanita Harrison, brother Harold, sons Carl A. and John, daughters LaDawn Mourer and Sally Foreman. He is survived by brother-in-law Kelly Harrison, daughter Pauline and her husband Bill Wassermann of Kansas City, son and daughter-in-law Rick and Corinne Ransdell, grandchildren Terry and Randy Mourer, Michael Mathers, and the aforementioned children of Rick and Corinne.
Ransdell family, Carl was a great man to say the least. He had a great sense of humor, good attitude, and was always putting up a good fight. I know that he lived a good long life because of all the stories he would tell us. He would occassioaly get in my drawers and eat my snacks and probably take a few drinks of my soda sitting on my desk. We spend a lot of time together and shared many memories together too. I am going to miss him so much! Take care and God Bless
Rick, I didn’t know your Dad, but he had to be a real nice guy like me since he was a “SEABEE”. Can’t beat those people. Very sorry for our loss and may God be with you and the family in this time of grief. Our prays are with you. Ray
Ransdell family: I’m very sorry for your loss. God be with you, and give you comfort, in knowing that he and Fay are reunited. I’ve thought of him often through the years,wishing him well. I’m thankful to have met him & his family in this lifetime! What a great and funny guy he was! May you all be well in health, & keep Carl Ransdell’s legacy alive!