Michael L. Ranck1,2,3

M, (15 March 1949 - 21 February 2013)
     Michael L. Ranck was born on 15 March 1949 at Williamsport Hospital, Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.2,3 He was the son of Charles Albert Ranck and Doris Mae Biichle.2,3 Michael L. Ranck was baptized in 1949 at Bethel United Presbyterian Church, Bottle Run, Old Lycoming Township, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. He married, at age 23, Bernadette Mary Ray, daughter of Joseph Ray and Dorothy Irene Dooris, on Saturday, 12 August 1972 at Memorial Baptist Church, Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania.2,1,3 Michael L. Ranck died on 21 February 2013 at Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, at age 63 years, 11 months and 6 days. He had been battling leukemia for two years.3 A memorial service for Michael L. Ranck was held Pine Street United Methodist Church, Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania, on 23 February 2013 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Lisa Dabney and Pastor Karen Atanasoff officiating.3
     Michael L. Ranck was employeed by Thermacore between 1983 and 2013 at Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. He worked as a supervisor and purchasing agent.3 His obituary was published on 22 February 2013 in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, printed in Williamsport, Lycoming County, Pennsylvania. His obituary stated:

     Michael L. Ranck, 63, of 761 Ridge Road, Jersey Shore, passed away Thursday morning, Feb. 21, 2013, at the Williamsport Regional Medical Center, after a two-year battle with leukemia.

     Born March 15, 1949, in Williamsport, he was the son of Charles A. Ranck and Doris M. (Biichle) Ranck.

     Mike is survived by his wife, the former Bernadette M. Ray. They were united in marriage on Aug. 12, 1972, in Williamsport. For 31 years, he was the purchasing agent for Thermacore in Williamsport. Mike was passionate about music and playing the guitar and singing. Earlier in his life, he was the lead singer for The Conductors, a well-known local band. Mike also enjoyed Revolutionary War Reenactment. During the Vietnam War, Mike honorably served his country in the U.S. Army, and was awarded the Purple Heart for his distinguished service.

     Also surviving is his mother of Williamsport; two sons, Benjamin M. (Jennifer) Ranck and Jeremiah S. Ranck, both of Jersey Shore; two beloved grandchildren, Avalar and Zavian; two brothers, Gary C. (Lori) Ranck of Wellsboro and Mark W. (Aida Yabut) Ranck of Dana Point, Calif; one sister, Gail A. (Donald) Leidhecker of Williamsport; several nephews and nieces; and his loving grand-dog Lucy.

     Memorial services will be Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at 11 a.m., at the Pine Street United Methodist Church, 441 Pine St., Williamsport. Frederick B. Welker Funeral Home, 125 N. Main St., Jersey Shore, is in charge of arrangements.

     In lieu of flowers, the family requests friends to make contributions to the Michael L. Ranck Memorial Fund, c/o Bernadette M. Ranck, 761 Ridge Road, Jersey Shore, Pa. Memorial fund proceeds will be used to benefit Hope Lodge of Central Pennsylvania. During the past two years, the Hope Lodge gave Mike encouragement, which inspired him to pass that hope on to others through his gift of music, sense of humor and compassionate heart.3
Last Edited=27 May 2013


  1. [S1526] Brass-Ranck wedding announcement, Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 24 February 2008. Original wedding announcement available in print or online for 90 days from publication at: http://www.sungazette.com/page/category.detail/nav/…. Kevin Leonard Sholder, Dayton, Ohio, USA.
  2. [S28] J. Allan Ranck, The Ranks of the Rancks, A Ranck / Rank Family History and Genealogy (Lebanon, Pennsylvania: Sowers Printing Company, 1978), p. 71.
  3. [S2302] "Michael L. Ranck obituary," Williamsport Sun-Gazette, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, 22 February 2013, online archives (http://www.sungazette.com/page/content.detail/id/589549/… : accessed 22 February 2013). Kevin Leonard Sholder, Dayton, Ohio, USA.