Harold graduated from West Lampeter High School, West Lampeter Township, Lancaster County, in 1930. He worked as a fireman and engineer on the Pennsylvania Railroad and ConRail from 1941 to 1976.
J. Harold Ranck married ANNA LEAMAN WITMER at Lampeter, Pennsylvania, on 13 October 1945. They had three children.
J. Harold Ranck died at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on 26 March 1997. His obituary, which contains more information about him, is found below.
Harold and Anna Ranck lived at Rheems, Pennsylvania, from 1945 to 1950. In 1950 they moved to West Lampeter Township, and affiliated with Willow Street Evangelical and Reformed Church (later United Church of Christ). Harold loved hunting, grew fruit trees in his backyard, and was a fan of the baseball Yankees.
J. Harold Ranck, 85, of 1717 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street, died Wednesday morning at Lancaster General Hospital following a brief illness. He was the husband of Anna Witmer Ranck. They observed their 51st anniversary in October.
Born in West Lampeter Township, he was a son of the late Wenger and Maude Harnish Ranck.
He had been employed as an engineman on the Pennsylvania Railroad and later for Conrail, retiring in 1976.
Ranck was a member of Lancaster Lodge 43 Free & Accepted Masons, Lancaster Lodge of Perfection, Tall Cedars of Lebanon Forest 27, Harrisburg Consistory, the Lancaster County Shrine Club and Zembo Temple. He was also a 50-year member of the Willow Street Lions Club, and belonged to the Southern Lancaster County Farmer's and Sportsmen's Association and the Briar Mountain Hunting and Fishing Association.
Ranck was a member of Willow Street United Church of Christ.
Surviving besides his wife are a son, J. Harold Jr., husband of Diane Ranck of Hummelstown; two daughters, Suzanne, wife of James Cudworth of Willow Street, and Rosemary of Basalt, Colo.; three grandchildren; and two sisters, Anna, wife of Adam M. Ranck of Lancaster and Caroline, wife of Preston H. Harnish of Willow Street.
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