David Wallace Ransberger

03-02-17-obit-RansbergerDavid Wallace Ransberger was born in Cleveland, Ohio on October 6, 1931 at the age of 85. He passed away on February 14, 2017 surrounded by his wife and daughters.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years Dotty; his three daughters, Patty Trapp, Rene Pasco and Kristy Berain (Art) and his five grandchildren, Ryan, Malinda, Anthony, Austin and Aaron.

David proudly served his country for 23 years in the USMC. During his time in the military he shot competitively on the USMC Rifle and Pistol team and discovered a passion for firearms. After retiring from the Marine Corps he opened Cal Custom Guns in Fallbrook, Calif. in 1971 which he has owned and operated for 46 years.

The family invites you to join them to celebrate his life. Services will be held at Miramar National Cemetery March 2, 2017 at 1 p.m.


7 Responses to "David Wallace Ransberger"

  1. Barbara Fields   February 24, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    I am so so sorry to hear of David’s passing, may he R.I.P., love and prayers to you Dotty, and Family..🙏🏻🙏🏻

  2. Dave Seymour   February 24, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    What a loss for Fallbrook. I used to frequent David’s store downtown. He was a wonderful guy – a bit gruff when you first met him but once you got to know him he was the nicest guy around. He freely offered his wealth of knowledge to anyone who would pay attention. I will miss him and his expertise. He proudly served his country and his community.

    My condolences to his family.

  3. Jeff and Zach   February 28, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Our prayers go out to the family at your great loss. My son and I spent some great moments at the store listening to Dave’s great stories. Thank you for your service to this country and the 2nd amendment citizens of our great land. You will be greatly missed, RIP.

  4. Jay Johnson   March 1, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    I offer my sincere condolences to the Ransberger family. I’ve been to CalCustoms on numerous occasions and enjoyed each experience. Mr. Ransberger was very much a typical retired Marine that our community appreciates so much. Modest, quiet, and firmly committed to finest virtues seen in all great Americans. I enjoyed seeing him working behind the counter doing what he truly loved, simply being around his wonderful wife Dottie and daughter Kristy in his Gun Shop. In my eyes, Dave was a great American who lived the American Dream. I will miss him.

  5. Randy McCrumb   April 11, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Dave will be missed. I have often enjoyed stopping by the shop to discuss his days in the Arizona election Corps and his adventures overseeing the shooting team. Dave taught me a lot about giving some and reloading over the years and I will miss his counsel. Rest in peace buddy. You now stand with your brothers at gate.

  6. Michael G. Yavno   June 10, 2017 at 6:48 am

    I have known Dave and Dotty for 25 years.

    I spent many memorable moments with Dave discussing our experiences in the Marines, in Korea and in Vietnam. The “Gunny” was a great storyteller and a dedicated Marine.

    He was an expert on all manners of firearms and ammunition. He knew his calling and craft.

    Above all, he was a great family man. He and Dotty were always a pleasure to be around.

    We have lost a great American and Patriot.

    Dave, I will see you, when I see you!

    Michael G. Yavno
    Lt. Col. USAF Retired

  7. Mike Yavno Jr   November 3, 2017 at 12:40 am

    I remember Dave and Dotty’s shop from when I was a young man. I always felt honored to be in Dave’s shop. His wealth of firearms knowledge was incredible. The gun community has lost one of the great ones.

    My humblest respects to Dave and his family,

    Mike Yavno Jr.


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