Descendants of
Adam Michael Ranck (1850-1922)

A. Milton Ranck

ADAM MILTON7 RANCK (Wenger6, Adam5-4, Jacob3, Valentine2, John Philip1) was born near Refton, Strasburg Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on 1 September 1919, the son of Wenger Ranck and his wife Maud Shaubach Harnish. "Milt" graduated from West Lampeter High School, West Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, in 1938. He received a B. S. in Industrial Arts from Millersville State College, Millersville, Pennsylvania, in 1942.

During World War II, from 1942 to 1946, Milton Ranck served in the Army Air Force as a First Lieutenant. He flew supplies from India to China.

A. Milton Ranck and MARY ELIZABETH4 BAUER (Elmer3-2, John George1) were married at Bethany Evangelical Church (now United Methodist), Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on 9 March 1946. "Betty" was the daughter of Elmer F. Bauer, Jr., and his first wife, Helen Armeta Martin.

Milt farmed near Refton. The farm home stood on the northwest corner of Refton and Smithville Roads. On 4 January 1949 Milt and Betty bought the farm from his parents for $1.00. In addition to farming, Milt also taught Industrial Arts at Penn Manor High School, Manor Township, Lancaster County, from 1957 to 1966.

Milton Ranck was a member of the United Church of Christ (Evangelical and Reformed), at Willow Street, West Lampeter Township, Lancaster County. He was also a member of Lodge 43 F & AM; Pennsylvania Frontier Association; Blue Mountain Gun Club; and Lancaster Gun Club.

A. Milton Ranck died at Lancaster on 31 May 1966. For Milt's obituary see below. He was buried at Willow Street Mennonite Cemetery on 3 June 1966. His widow has remarried.

Milt and Betty Ranck had the following children:

  1. CHRISTYANN8 RANCK b. at Lancaster on 3 December 1946
    • b. at Lancaster on 13 September 1948
    • married, 3 children
    • b. at Lancaster on 6 June 1952
    • married twice and divorced, one child
    • b. at Lancaster on 21 March 1954
    • married, one child
    • b. at Lancaster on 18 March 1956
    • married, divorced
    • b. at Lancaster on 11 January 1959
    • one child, married, divorced

Newspaper obituary

A. Milton Ranck, forty-six, chairman of the Industrial Arts Department at Penn Manor High School, died at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the General Hospital.
He had been ill for several weeks and had not taught school since March 17. He was admitted to the hospital at 1:20 a.m. Tuesday.
Ranck, a native of the Lampeter area, resided on a farm at New Providence R1 with his wife, the former Betty Bauer, and their six children.
A graduate of Lampeter-Strasburg High School and Millersville State College, he was on the Penn Manor faculty for the past 10 years.
Ranck is survived by his mother, Mrs. Maude H. Ranck and the following children: Christyann, Mary Elizabeth, Milton W., Deborah H., Carol L., Kathryn R., two brothers, J. Harold and Samuel H. Ranck, two sisters, Carolyn, wife of Preston Harnish, Lancaster R6 and Anna, wife of Adam R. Ranck.
He was a member of the United Church of Christ, Willow St.
Ranck was a veteran of World War II and a member of Lodge 43, F & AM, the Pennsylvania Frontiers Association, the Blue Mountain Gun Club, and the Lancaster Gun Club.

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