Willard Alford Ransom
Willard Ransom (Sonny by most of his friends) passed away on March 21, 2023. He had succumbed to his battle with Alzheimer’s and left us for a better place. We are heartbroken by his departure but are happy to know he is with loved ones in Heaven.
Sonny was born in Houston, Texas September 13th, 1943. He was a student of various schools in his youth as he moved locations frequently. He joined the Navy when he was 18 and became quite the sailor boy. He always had a great story about a port or stop they made. He was an adventurer by heart.
After several years in the Navy, he met the love of his life Linda Ann Connell. She captured his heart and they were married in June of 1966. At the time of Sonny’s passing, they had been married for 57 years.
Three children were to follow and a better father and mother nobody could have been blessed with. Two sons and a daughter; Shane, Mundy and Amanda.
Willard became a Marine Engineer and worked for G&H Towing in Galveston in the Ship Channel for multiple years before deciding to take his career and family overseas. He worked for several years in Trinidad, Tobago. A beautiful place in South America where we all got nicely tanned! The next stop was to Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia where he and Linda remained for two decades working for ARAMCO. They arrived in Saudi Arabia in 1977 and retired in 1995; a long career where he created most of his long-term friends and memories. Saudi Arabia was a unique experience and I know Dad really loved it!
After retiring from ARAMCO in 1995 they returned to their home in Pearland, Texas. Apparently being retired wasn’t enough as both of them, after several years, decided to return to work. Sonny returned to G&H Towing and finished a distinguished career in September of 2021.
Sonny was a proud MASON. He also loved his Harleys and had many over his life. Poker Runs, Ice Houses and Festivals were a weekend norm.
He developed Alzheimer’s Disease and it hit him hard and fast. He stayed strong and battled for as long as he could. Dad was a fighter and did the best he could to fend it off. He passed at home with his family.
His ashes will be with Linda at the family home in Pearland. We appreciate all the love sent our way and I know Dad would be so proud of all the people who reached out for support during and after his passing. Thank You All!
God Bless you, Dad! We Will Always Love You and Never Forget Your Love For Us!