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Theodore W. “Ted” Ransbottom

Ted went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at his home in Plainwell.

He was born June 22, 1934 in Constantine, the son of Wayne and Kate (Shook) Ransbottom. Ted retired from Perrigo as a supervisor after 29 years of service. He loved the Lord and his church. He was a perfectionist and a true gentleman with a big heart.

Ted could fix anything and enjoyed landscaping, biking, gardening and trips to Plainwell Ice Cream. He was an avid MSU fan and loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. In 1956, he married Donna Markle who passed away in 1982. On November 2, 1985 he married Kristi Briggs who survives.

Also surviving are his 2 daughters, Lori Ransbottom of Plainwell and Jacqueline Stack of Otsego; grandchildren, Emily, Eric and Evan Stack; great-grandson, Eli Jonker; Kristi’s children, Staci Hendershott, Kari Hendershott and Tim (Susie) Hendershott and their children, Ashlei, Karter, Morgan and Lily; Kristi’s great-grandchildren, Madi, Izzi and Lucas; his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dick, Joyce, Carole, June, Linda; Kristi’s brothers and sister-in-law Butch, Kevin (Becky); his mother-in-law, Dolores Briggs; several nieces and nephews and special people, Marv and Linda Shook, Ed Shook, Gary Shook, Bruce Stack, James Johnson, Bob Fuller and Ron Newman.

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife; siblings, Margaret, Allen, Albert, Lester and Bonnie; father-in-law, Milton Briggs and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Leona, Phyllis, Dean and Rosie, Arlene, Dorothy, Betty, Art, Don and Shirley.

Ted’s family would like to thank Centrica Care Navigators for the wonderful care he received.

According to his wishes cremation has taken place.

Friends may visit with Ted’s family starting at 10:00 A.M., Saturday, April 23, 2022 at the First United Methodist Church of Plainwell until the time of the memorial service at 11:00 A.M.

Burial of ashes will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Plainwell.

Contributions in memory of Ted may be made to Plainwell First United Methodist Church.

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Mary Schuiteboer

January 9, 2022 at 8:12 pm

This absolutely breaks my heart. Ted was such a gentleman. Our deepest condolences to the family. Prayers of sympathy, peace and love. Until we meet again. Rest in Peace!



January 10, 2022 at 5:44 pm

Ted was a wonderful man who always had a smile and an interest in whatever you had to say. He will be dearly missed.


Liz Jones

January 9, 2022 at 8:19 pm

My condolences. He always was cheerful and smiling when I saw him at church.


Terri Dennehy

January 9, 2022 at 8:20 pm

Lori and Jackie…so sorry to hear of Uncle Ted’ s passing. He was always a bright spot to our family. A very classy, sharp dressed man. I remember how he always called my Mom, “Dort” No one else did. I am thankful he is at peace, but will be missed by all that loved him.


Laurie Rakowski Cronkhite

January 9, 2022 at 8:24 pm


So sorry to hear about your dad‘s passing. He was a great man. I’m lifting you and your family up in prayer during this time.


Phyllis Geurink

January 9, 2022 at 8:26 pm

I’m so sorry to hear that Ted has passed away!! Saw him often at work. Always had a good attitude and treated people with respect and listened to what they had to say. I really respected him!! Healing of heart and mind for all!!!


Liz Watson

January 9, 2022 at 8:28 pm

Kristi so sorry to hear about Ted’s passing. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Much love Liz Watson. (Bero)


Julie Warner

January 9, 2022 at 8:55 pm

Uncle Ted was always smiling, and he was always happy to see a familiar face. I am so happy that he has been united with Aunt Donna once again.

Kristi, you have been through a lot in recent years. God bless you for your love and care.

Jacki and Lori, I know how much you loved your dad. He was so blessed to have both of you. I pray for comfort and peace for both of you. I know he has both now.


Lori Bronkema

January 9, 2022 at 8:56 pm

I have very fond memories of Ted when I was a kid. He was always a great man. Condolences to his family and friends.


Peggy Thompson

January 9, 2022 at 8:56 pm

To Ted’s Family,

My heart goes out to you … he sure was a wonderful man to work with… he treated everyone with respect and love… He taught us you never “retire” you graduate…. His smile is etched in my mind forever… I am sure many people will see that smile whenever his name is mentioned… Teddy you graduated with the most Highest. Honors & We will Celebrate the Wonderful Man that touched Our hearts!!!


Natalie Witt

January 9, 2022 at 9:04 pm

Lori, Jackie & Kristi my heart breaks for you! Your Dad and husband was a wonderful man who I have many wonderful memories of! ❤️❤️❤️ to you all.


Barb bechtel

January 9, 2022 at 9:11 pm

Lori I am so sorry to hear about your loss


Dave & Roberta Kuitert

January 9, 2022 at 9:23 pm

Condolences to your family.

Ted was a great man, a true gentleman in every way. He was always so friendly and had such a pleasant demeanor. May he rest in peace. A home was prepared for his Homecoming.


Mike Andrus

January 9, 2022 at 9:53 pm

Ted worked for me as a Supervisor at Perrigo. I learned a lot from him. He really cared for people and always, ALWAYS treated people with respect and kindness. When he retired he said he wasn’t leaving, he was graduating. He reminded me of that when I retired. I’m sure everyone that knew Ted will be saddened by this news. As for me, I’m sure he’s having a good time with his buddy Tink Wilcox. Condolences to his friends and family.


Reva Rochelle Hartleb

January 9, 2022 at 10:00 pm

Kristi, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Ted was a very kind and gentle man. Rest in peace.


Barbara Meints

January 9, 2022 at 10:33 pm

My heartfelt condolences to the family. Ted was an awesome man and he will be missed by so many. I remember him from Perrigo and he would give the speach at someone’s retirement about how they’ve graduated and how when he would come back to visit you’d always get a big hug or a big pat on the back and always a smile. He was such a nice man. I’m so very sorry for your loss.


Diane Groh

January 9, 2022 at 10:33 pm

So sorry for the families loss. Ted was my boss at Perrigo and he was a great boss. I remember him for his kindness and great stories.


Jimmy johnson

January 9, 2022 at 11:01 pm

Ted gave me a family that I adore I am so thankful for all he did for me. Whenever I needed something he was here. Changing pumps or toilets. Lol. A true warrior for sure. He helped me so much and I learned a lot. Ted I will miss our brother hugs. I love you

Jimmy Johnson. (JJ )


Diane and Mike Phelps

January 10, 2022 at 12:41 am

Lori, Jackie and Family,

We’re terribly sorry for the loss of your Dad, Grandfather, and Great-grandfather. He was a very special man, always a smile, a kind word, and he loved his Tigers. I remember as a kid being at your house, Uncle Ted in the family room, ball game on, and he would be laying on the floor, watching the game. We also will dearly miss Uncle Ted. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this very difficult time.


Christopher Harmon

January 10, 2022 at 1:36 am

Lori and Jackie , know that my Heart goes out to the both of you !! Uncle Ted will be missed by many … I recall he always had a kind and caring spirit. I always looked forward to spending time with your immediate family when we were younger than we are now … I am thankful that uncle Ted remained a part of our extended family, that meant a lot to me ! Sending prayers for healing and light of Love ..


Kelly Krotz

January 10, 2022 at 4:56 am

I am saddened to hear about Ted’s passing. I only had him as a boss for a short time.He was always smiling and happy. Sending hugs and prayers to his family ❤


Cindy Boulter

January 10, 2022 at 7:53 am

Lori, I’m sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. May he Rest In Peace!


The Tim Roush Family

January 10, 2022 at 7:55 am

My memories of Ted were always so pleasant and warm. Know that the whole family is going to be in our thoughts and prayers.


Mike Bronkema

January 10, 2022 at 8:30 am

Ted was a fantastic person and will be missed by anyone that knew him. Condolences to air family and friends.


Richard and Dorisann Thomas

January 10, 2022 at 8:40 am

Lori and Jackie my condolences to you and the family . I will certainly miss Ted he was a wonderful cousin and every time I seen him he always had this smile and a big warm hug for me. Now he is at peace and I will always have fond memories of him.


Deb Lovett- Seekman

January 10, 2022 at 8:48 am

Lori, Jackie and family so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this hard time.


Kelly and Joe Bohl and family

January 10, 2022 at 9:56 am

Jackie, Lori and all of your family – We are so sorry for your loss. We thought Ted was a kind gentleman and he we know how he adored his family. We are sending all of you big hugs and so much sympathy. May your hearts begin to heal from this great loss.


Lynn Hudson

January 10, 2022 at 10:53 am

Ted was a bright spot at Perrigo. He was such a kind and pleasant man. My prayers go out to his family.


Mary S Harris

January 10, 2022 at 10:57 am

I am sorry to hear about Ted passing. I knew him when he lived in Otsego he was a get neighbor. The family is in my prayers.


June & Steve Anson

January 10, 2022 at 11:48 am

So many memories of Ted and Donna. They held our second wedding reception in their basement.

Ted took care of our two Daughters when our third one was being born. His nickname for me was Juneco. Ted LOVED taking naps! Ted was always an easy going guy and will be greatly missed.


Sherry Hanson

January 10, 2022 at 4:58 pm

I worked with Ted at Perrigo many years ago. He was one of the kindest souls I’ve ever met and was a true gentleman always. I haven’t seen him in over 40 years but, was blessed to know him.

My sincere condolences to all .


Jim Samuelson

January 10, 2022 at 5:18 pm

It is Sad to hear of Ted’s passing but is is good to know that Ted had a personal faith in the Lord and was ready to go to his forever home. We spent time together as Supervisors and had time during breaks to eat some of those awesome Diet pill Klondike bars as Ted would call them. Ted had a long list of sayings and names that I had to write down as he had so many. He is my Friend


Jerry and Marilyn Fenner

January 10, 2022 at 5:42 pm

Our condolences to the Ransbottom family. Ted always had a smile on his face and happy to see you.


Dana Switzer (Fuller)

January 10, 2022 at 5:50 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. My Dad, Bob, has so many wonderful memories of Ted. He loved his time that he was able to spend with him for so many years. I know how much he would look forward to their weekly coffee time for many years. I know my dad will really miss him and I find comfort knowing someday they will be able to have their time again and be whole again. We hope you find peace and comfort with this difficult time.


Mary Lou Belka

January 10, 2022 at 6:21 pm

My deepest condolences to Ted’s family. Ted was my supervisor at Perrigo’s he treated everyone with respect and kindness. He was truly a remarkable person. May God keep him in His Loving arms. Rest In Peace Ted


Maryln Langeance

January 10, 2022 at 6:32 pm

Jackie and family So sorry for your loss. Know how much he meant to you. Thoughts and prayers are with you


Sue Lawrick

January 10, 2022 at 7:08 pm

Jackie and Lori, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved dad. I hope you both find comfort in the knowledge that he is now reunited with your precious mom! May your memories of the wonderful times you shared, bring you peace and comfort.


Kathleen (Snyder) Fisher

January 10, 2022 at 7:38 pm

My dad, Lloyd Snyder) was Ted’s cousin. I remember our families getting together when we were young. Also remember Ted’s smile…it lit up his whole face! Will always have fond key. Lori and Jackie know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Love you.


Wayne and Kim Rayburn

January 10, 2022 at 8:11 pm

Jackie and family,

So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. Please know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers. Hugs and love, Wayne and Kim


Kathy Markle Ryan

January 11, 2022 at 1:33 pm

My deepest condolences to my beautiful cousins Lori and Jackie and the entire Ransbottom family. Uncle Ted was one-of-a-kind. His handsome, infectious smile and loving hugs were the best! He always made you feel cared about and welcomed. I pray that the Lord will send his peace and comfort to all of us who loved this sweet soul. I know my sister, Liz, truly loved Uncle Ted and was always excited while telling me about running into him at athletic games. I am sure she, along with many other of our family’s departed loved ones, welcomed him as he entered the gates of Heaven. Rest In Peace, Uncle Ted. Along with being a part of our past, you are now in our future.


John Hendrickson

January 11, 2022 at 2:24 pm

While I have not seen Ted in a long time, I remember him well and fondly. He was a gentleman who I admired for his calm, caring, yet focused that way he approached everything! Aways polite, but told it like it was. I admired Ted!

May he Rest In Peace!


William Swaney

January 11, 2022 at 9:33 pm

When I think of Ted, I think of the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, and self-control.

He was such a great employee and always had such a great smile. Through the Mercy of God, May He Rest in Peace.

Prayers ascending for the family as you grieve your loss.


Jan Hollinrake

January 11, 2022 at 9:52 pm


Our deepest condolences to you & the kids on Ted’s passing. I will never forget his smile, voice, and welcoming demeanor whenever we got together.

God bless you for your loving care in recent years. May he Rest In Peace.



Larry and Lexanne Mastenbrook

January 12, 2022 at 9:35 pm

We are so sorry for your loss. Ted (AKA Cookie Monster) was such a kind and caring person. A good sense of humor. He will be missed. I pray your memories will provide you peace.


Tom & Mary Fischer& Family

January 12, 2022 at 9:58 pm

Lori and Jackie

Our deepest sympathy goes out to you in the loss of “dad” he was warm , generous, fun to be with and could always enjoy his kindness and genuine spirit. My heart goes out to you both as you were always there, available, and kind with the care that you provided and often on the spur of the moment! Please know you are in my prayers &, all the moments you spent with your dad may they bring you peace as these are treasured moments !


Susan Pell

January 13, 2022 at 8:45 am

Jackie and Lori – and family

I hold many memories of your family growing up!!

Your Dad was such a beaming light, and his smile and hugs…… THE BEST!!!

This is such an incredibly difficult time, please know God has him and he is with your Mom❤️

Our prayers continue for you all

Susan Pell


Diane Boysen

January 14, 2022 at 11:34 am

Sorry to hear about Ted. Ted was a very professional and courteous coworker. He will be missed by many.



January 14, 2022 at 1:04 pm

Lori I am so very sorry for the loss or your Dad. I know you have shared happy memories of your Dad and Mom that have been so wonderful to hear. I hope you continue to have peace knowing that your Dad and Mom are together. Hang on to the happy memories to help you get through this loss. Tell your sister that I am sorry for her loss also.

Thinking of you.

Nancy Byers


Marilyn Noble Lamborn

January 18, 2022 at 12:44 pm

To the Family of Ted Ransbottom: My many thoughts and prayers go out to you all at this difficult time. Ted is at peace now with God by his side. Cherish the wonderful memories!! He was a great guy.

Marilyn Noble Lamborn


Marilyn Cake

January 22, 2022 at 6:03 pm

Dear Kristi and family,

My deepest condolences to the family. Kristi, I am sorry I never met Ted. What a lovely man. Sending hugs and prayers for healing.



Edith Gardner

February 4, 2022 at 9:15 pm



Tammy Lutes

April 16, 2022 at 7:16 am

I didn’t really know Ted but I knew his daughter Lori when I was younger. Though I haven’t seen Lori in years, my heart still aches for her loss. Sending thoughts and prayers to Ted’s family and friends and wishing them peace.


Delores Helmboldt

April 16, 2022 at 9:15 pm

Lori and Jackie, I’m so sorry for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you. May all your cherished memories bring you some peace and comfort during this difficult time. With my deepest sympathy, Lorie (Lester) Helmboldt


Don Stanfill

April 17, 2022 at 9:32 pm


So sorry for your loss sweetheart ♥️

Don & Jan Stanfill


Ken & Chris Anson

April 18, 2022 at 5:10 pm

Emily, Eric, Evan and Eli

Prayers, love and hugs to all of you on the loss of your grandpa. We’re so sorry for your loss


Kelly Krotz

April 19, 2022 at 4:57 am

So sorry to hear about the passing of Ted. I worked with him at perrigo at plant 7. He was such a nice guy. Sending hugs and prayers to all of the family ❤


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