Randy Gene Ransom

Randy Gene Ransom, 67, a resident of Friendswood, TX formerly of Round Rock, TX passed away on December  1, 2022 in Houston, TX. Randy was born January 25, 1955 in Decatur, IL to Connie and Robert Ransom. He was the oldest of the four Ransom children and learned from a young age the values of hard work and family. Randy was proud to say that he started his first job at age 12, running milk routes in the early freezing cold mornings of Illinois. He soon took on jobs selling soda pop at the raceway and working at his small towns slot car track. It was through this he learned a love of auto mechanics and engineering. At the age of 15, Randy and his family moved to Austin, TX where he attended Lanier High School. Randy was always an athlete, he played football, basketball and attended the Texas State Championships for Track and Field in High Jump. Randy graduated from Lanier High School in 1973.

Randy attended the University of Texas at Austin where he studied Engineering and Business. During this time period he worked multiple jobs to put himself through college, including running his family’s Mobil gas station, a small engine repair service, Mac Tools Sales, and the nightshift man of Austin State Hospital. He never tired; he was a strong willed man who committed himself fully to his responsibilities.

Randy met the love of his life Carol Elaine Carmichael during his senior year of High School. On June 11, 1977, Randy and Carol married in Austin, TX. They spent 49 wonderful years together, side by side through every season of life. Randy and Carol have two daughters, Ashley and Alyssa. Randy was a family man who centered his life on his wife and girls. He would say many times that his purpose in life was to be a father. Randy and Carol raised their daughters in Round Rock, TX where they spent many years bouncing between youth sports and school activities. Randy was always willing to step up to help in any way, coaching youth softball teams, catching pitching lessons, keeping stats, or fixing all things cars, motors or engines for friends and family. Many will remember his beloved powder blue 1957 Chevy Bel-Air as he was a classic car enthusiast. He loved taking trips to Iowa to visit his daughter Ashley who works at Iowa State University. Iowa State was an incredibly special place to Randy, as both daughters attended and graduated from ISU. He could always be seen wearing Cardinal and Gold, supporting the Cyclone Nation.

In 2015, Randy retired from the Texas Commission of Environment Quality to commit his full attention, love and time to being a Papa to his three grandsons, Ransom Gene Tjaden (13), Jarrett Byron Tjaden (10) and Callan Rhys Tjaden (7). Randy will best be remembered as the devoted Papa who attended everything baseball, basketball, soccer, robotics, or piano for his grandchildren. This included both practices and games; you could always find Randy sitting in his folding chair along the fence watching every moment of his boys and their teams. Nothing was better than seeing his boys play.

He is preceded in death by his father, Bob Ransom, and mother, Connie “Moose” Ransom, sister Denny Martinez, sister Carla Arocha, and brother John Thomas Ransom.

Randy leaves behind his wife of 49 years, Carol Elaine Ransom of Friendswood, TX and daughters Ashley Nicole Morton of Ames, IA (Patrick) and Alyssa Audrey Tjaden (John), grandsons Ransom Gene Tjaden, Jarrett Byron Tjaden and Callan Rhys Tjaden of Friendswood, TX.

Our family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the Houston Methodist Neuro Institute ICU Doctors and nurses for their love and care of our beloved Randy.


  1. We were saddened to hear of his death. From all accounts, he was one of the special ones. Your family was blessed to have had him in your lives.

    Melinda and Buzz Schupmann
  2. My husband and I wish to extend our sincere sympathy to Carol, Ashley and Alyssa and your Grand children on the passing of your beloved Randy. Heaven has another wonder Angel. Love, Bill & Loretta Anderson

    Loretta Anderson
  3. I was proud to be your Uncle and will miss you always, You and I developed a special bond when I came to Texas after your dads heart attack, working at the Mobil station.!

    John W. Aransom sr
  4. I am so saddened that Randy is no longer with us here on earth. Randy was just a gentle, kind and loving man that made everyone around him at ease. I enjoyed when he traveled with our Stix team when Alyssa was coaching because his personality and outlook kept me from going off the deep end a number of times. He just had a way of making everything he was telling me sound so simply logical. I can truly say that getting to know Randy made me not only a better parent but a better person. All of us will miss you my friend.

    Jeff Staton
  5. I only knew Randy for the last two years of his life, but I feel like I know exactly what kind of man he was his entire life. Randy had a kind and generous soul, the type of man who would help anyone and always tell the truth. When Randy talked, I listened!

    Randy loved his Wife, his Daughters and especially his Grandchildren! His grandchildren gave him a lot to smile and be happy about. There is no question that his wife Carol was his other half and you could always see the love that they shared for each other (even if Carol was wrong, Randy would play along as if she was right).

    Randy will be missed on earth, but his spirit will remain with all of us!

    Zach Trader
  6. We love you all and are praying for God’s comfort!

  7. Dear Carol and family,

    Randy was a kind and well-liked classmate at Fairbury-Cropsey High School in Illinois. Even though he moved before we graduated from FCHS, Randy remained forever a member of the “Class of ’73.” We understand that his death will always leave a gigantic hole in your hearts, but hope you can find comfort in the knowledge that there are folks “here and there” who will always hold his memory dear to them. In our thoughts and prayers.

    Debbie Slayton-Czerwinski (Class of FCHS 1973)

    Debbie Slayton-Czerwinski
  8. In remembrance of Randy Ransom on the occasion of our fiftieth class reunion.

    Classmates from Fairbury-Cropsey High School

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