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James Richard "Dick" Ransel

September 11, 1947 ~ July 12, 2021 (age 73) 73 Years Old
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James Richard Ransel Obituary

J. Richard “Dick” Ransel, age 73, of Bristol passed away on Monday, July 12, 2021 at Elkhart General Hospital. Dick was born on September 11, 1947 in South Bend, Indiana to James Paul and Beverly Ransel. On January 30, 1971 he married Yvonne at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dick attended Hammond High School in Indiana and lettered in swimming. He graduated from Miami University in Ohio in 1969 and the Notre Dame Law School in 1974. He honorably served his country in the United States Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Medal for Valor.

He was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Notre Dame Law School, president of the Bristol Parks Department Board, member of the Elkhart Lions Club and member of the panel of private Trustees for the United States Department of Justice. He was a partner at Thorne Grodnik LLP for over 40 years.

Dick is survived by his wife of 50 years, Yvonne; their children, Amy Ransel of Indianapolis, Indiana and Zack (Cindi) Ransel of Glen Ellyn, Illinois; grandchildren, Drew, Adrianna, Elijah, Inessa, Elly and Birdie; his sister, Kerry Ransel of Auburn, Alabama and his nieces and nephews, Nick, Angela, Brian and Lindsey. Dick was preceded in death by his parents.

Dick was an avid fisherman and huge Notre Dame sports and Chicago White Sox fan. He was fortunate as an ND alum to attend several football games each year, especially the opening game which usually fell near his birthday. One of his biggest thrills was attending Game Two of the World Series with his son in 2005 when the Sox won it all. He had a wry sense of humor that made his wife groan and children and grandchildren laugh, and he was also the author of two books, one on fishing and one about his time in Vietnam.

A celebration of Dick’s life will be held at 5 pm on Saturday, July 17, 2021 at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, 1531 Cobblestone Blvd., Elkhart IN 46514 where friends may visit from 2 -5 pm (before the service).  Memorial donations Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast or Alliance for the Great Lakes or Gary Sinise Foundation or Midwest Museum of American Art Online condolences may be made to the Ransel family at




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July 17, 2021

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home
1531 Cobblestone Boulevard
Elkhart, IN 46514

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July 17, 2021

5:00 PM
Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home
1531 Cobblestone Boulevard
Elkhart, IN 46514


Midwest Museum of American Art
Elkhart IN

Gary Sinise Foundation
PO Box 368, Woodland Hills CA 91365

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400 Palmetto Ave, Osprey FL 34229
Tel: 1-941-918-2100

Alliance for the Great Lakes
150 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 700, Chicago IL 60601


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