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Richard F. Ranney

May 15, 1923 — February 28, 2017

Richard F. Ranney, age 93, of Greenville, a retired engineer, passed away Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at Our Place Cares. Born May 15, 1923, in Greenville, he graduated from Greenville High School in 1941. He enlisted in the U.S. Army not long after Pearl Harbor completing his basic training at Fort Dix, NJ then was stationed at Fort Screven, GA where he was assigned to a coastal artillery battery protecting the port of Savannah. After the war, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in applied mathematics from the University of Michigan. In 1958, Mr. Ranney joined the Ranney Refrigerator Company, founded by his grandfather Frederick E. Ranney in 1892 in Greenville. By 1966, he was Chief Project Engineer known for his inventiveness in perfecting electronic programming on the production line. He was also instrumental in keeping the company abreast of the latest trends in refrigeration. Mr. Ranney was a member of the Greenville City Council for many years. He was a member of the Washington Club, Sigma Theta, and the Greenville Country Club. He was an avid golfer and gardener. Richard is the son of the late LeRoy W. and Millison S. (Farr) Ranney. Survivors include his beloved wife of 66 years, the former Elizabeth Jane Schmidt; three sons and daughter-in-law, Richard F. Ranney, Jr. of Greenville; Christopher S. Ranney of Denver, CO; and Charles E. Ranney & (Cherylynn) of Buffalo, NY; three granddaughters, Alicia F. Ranney-Regua (Russ) of Los Angeles, CA; Catherine E. Ranney of Omaha, NE; and Emma R. Ranney of Buffalo, N.Y. The family will be present Sunday at the Marshall Funeral Home, 420 West Grove St. in Greenville, where Richard will be in repose from 2 to 5 PM. Full Graveside Military Services will be held 11 AM Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Forest Home Cemetery by the American Legion Post #101, Greenville. Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials can be made to The Alzheimer's Research Foundation, www.alzheimersresearchfoundation.com.
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