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Robert C. “Bob” Ranck, 80, of Mifflintown, passed away at 11:15 p.m. on Friday, January 4, 2019 at the Ohesson Manor, Lewistown.
Born on April 17, 1938 in Lewistown, Mifflin County, he was son to the late Robert W. Ranck and the late Eva (Temple) Goss, and to his step-father the late Lloyd W. Goss. On August 1, 1959 he married his surviving wife Phyllis M. (Fulton) Ranck with whom he was blessed to share more than 59 years of marriage.
In addition to his wife he is survived by a daughter, Amy Whitesel and her husband Jim, of Mifflintown; a son, Tim Ranck and his wife Susan, of State College; and five grandchildren: Sarah Whitesel and her husband Hector Nunez, Caleb Whitesel, Seth Whitesel, Micah Whitesel and Joshua Whitesel.
Mr. Ranck was a 1956 graduate of Lewistown High School and a 1960 graduate of Slippery Rock University.
Mr. Ranck taught high school math for 40 years, where he brightened his classroom with his humor and gift for remembering his students' unique personalities. His teaching career spanned forty years, including stints in Mifflin County and Franklin County, and he retired in 2000 from the Juniata County School District. In addition to teaching, Mr. Ranck also spent many years coaching high school basketball. While coaching in the 1965-1966 basketball season at Juniata Joint High School he reached the pinnacle of his coaching career by coaching his team to the Tri-Valley League Championship.
Bob attended the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Mifflintown and he enjoyed tying flies, fishing, rooting for the Boston Red Socks and Celtics, making his daily coffee run, and attending his grandchildren's sporting events. Some of his most cherished moments were at his camp, "The Shanty," on Penns Creek, trips out west with his friends and son, and family vacations at the beach.
His penchant for giving nicknames and his many memorable sayings will be remembered fondly by his family.
Services will be held on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Cedar Grove Brethren in Christ Church, 287 Deerville Road, Mifflintown, beginning with a visitation from 10 a.m. until the memorial service's start at noon. Pastor Caleb Burd will officiate. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Mr. Ranck’s memory may be made to the Juniata County Library, 498 Jefferson St., Mifflintown, PA 17059.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Brown Funeral Homes, Inc., 100 Bridge Street, Mifflintown.
Amy, I was a classmate of yours, and still remember your Dad as one of the best teachers I ever had. He new how to make sure everyone could learn to the best of their ability and how to give them the tools to succeed if they were willing to work hard. What a great gift he was to so many and I pray for God's peace for you and your family. Scott Reiss JHS 1980.
Scott Reiss - Saturday January 12, 2019 via Condolence Message
I am sorry for your loss. Mr. Ranck was a wonderful man and a great teacher. He always took an interest in his students. He would always ask me how my dad and his 50 Plymouth were doing. He will be missed dearly. Praying for God's strength and guidance for the family during this time.
From Lisa Becker
Lisa Becker - Thursday January 10, 2019 via Condolence Message
So sorry for your loss.
Wanda Spigelmyer - Thursday January 10, 2019 via Condolence Message
With deepest sympathy. Mr. Ranck touched so many souls during his life. Memories of this great man will last lifetimes to come.
Mitch Dysinger and Family - Wednesday January 09, 2019 via Heartfelt Sympathies, Order Now.
So sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Ranck. He was an amazing teacher and will always remember his "nicknames" for most of my classmates at Lewistown High School. There was never a way to pull anything over on him - he was the type of teacher that made you want to be a better student. I have thought of him many times over the years and hope that you will find peace and comfort in your memories of him. So glad I knew him.
Meri Beth (Troutman) Garland - "Mer"
Meri Beth Garland - Tuesday January 08, 2019 via Condolence Message
So sorry for your loss. I will always remember how Bob taught the young boys how you should shake a man's hand. I will also remember how he took time out of his schedule to take me fly fishing. I have thought of him often over the years and he will be sadly missed.
Dennis Bishop - Monday January 07, 2019 via Condolence Message
I am so saddened to hear of Mr. Ranck's passing. He was a brilliant teacher who was kind but always honest enough to tell me if he didn't feel I was working up to my potential. His teaching and encouragement impacted me beyond the classroom. I will forever remember his cheerful demeanor, his quick wit, and his many nicknames for me. I regret never seeking him out to let him know that he influenced my life for the better. May the Lord provide comfort and strength to his family.
Manila Sheaffer - Monday January 07, 2019 via Condolence Message
My heart breaks to learn of Mr. Ranck’s passing. He was hands-down one of the greatest teachers I ever had. My dad, brother, and I all had him at JHS and remember him so fondly! Math never came easy to me, but Mr. Ranck spent countless mornings before school helping me achieve to the best of my ability. He is one of the reasons I became a teacher twenty years ago, and I can only hope I will one day be remembered as the type of teacher and human being he was. May he rest peacefully surrounded by God’s love! Thank you for always believing in me, Mr. Ranck! ❤️ Condolences to all of his loved ones. Tiffani Smith Rooney JHS Class of 1994
Tiffani - Sunday January 06, 2019 via Condolence Message
I will always hold my "D" close to my heart.... My Lobster is pain free but will greatly missed with his shenanigans. The Ranck family lost a great man. They are in my thoughts.
Lisa Smith Yetter - Sunday January 06, 2019 via Condolence Message
I was blessed in having Mr. Ranck for pre-cal and calculus class at JHS. He was so witty and entertaining that he made calculus class tolerable and fun! Special prayers to his family and may they find comfort and strength during this difficult times.
MARDINY UNG - Sunday January 06, 2019 via Condolence Message