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Gene Donald Ransier

Aug. 7, 1930 - Jan. 15, 2024

Gene Donald Ransier, born on August 7, 1930, in Tekoa, Wash., peacefully passed away on January 15, 2024, in Tucson, Ariz. Gene was a devoted husband to Shirley Mae Ransier whom he married on August 29, 1958, in Salem, Ore. He was a loving father of two daughters, a cherished grandfather to three grandchildren, and a beloved great-grandfather to six great-grandchildren, and he also held the memory of a son who passed away.

A man of profound faith, Gene's passion for bicycling mirrored his journey through life-steady, deliberate, and filled with purpose. His dedication to the Gospel and love for sharing its teachings touched the lives of many, leaving a lasting impression on those who had the privilege of knowing him.

Gene graduated from Ione High School in 1949, and he earned his master's degree in education from the University of Arizona, a testament to his commitment to knowledge and lifelong learning. He taught High School math at Sunnyside High School in Tucson, Ariz., for nearly 30 years. Throughout his life, he dedicated himself to helping others, exemplifying compassion in every action. His family and his faith in Jesus were the cornerstones that gave his life meaning and purpose.

Although Gene was not one to express affection verbally, his actions spoke volumes. He leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness, and selflessness that will continue to inspire and resonate within the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to be a part of his life.

In honoring Gene's memory, let us celebrate a life well-lived, a man well-loved, and a spirit that will forever remain in our hearts.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024, 1 p.m., at the Community Church, Garfield, Wash. with Pastor Phil Weagraff officiating. Burial will be in the Garfield Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army at

Kramer Funeral Home, Palouse, WA is caring for the family. On line condolences may be left at


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