27 October 2011

Death Notice - Archie W. Ranson

As part of my recent scanning adventures at the in-laws house, I came across an awesome scrapbooks my mother-in-law put together. It included lots of pictures I haven't seen. Even my husband hadn't seen most of these! I scanned a few pages - really only the one's with any documents - knowing I would have to go back and scan all of it. I'll also need to sit down with my mother-in-law and get names for everyone in the pictures.

Here is one page for Troy's grandfather - Archie W. Ranson. He always went by "Archie" but his given name was William Archibald Ranson.
Page: Source: Midge Lund's private scrapbooks.
Obit. Source: clipped from Standard Examiner.

I spoke with Troy's mom to verify dates for all the pictures. Here's what we know.
Top Picture: Ervie Joseph, William Archibald "Archie", and Zentha Martha. I guessed taken about 1909-10, and Midge verified the image was dated 1910. Babies (boys as well as girls) wore dresses until about 2 years old...plus Archie doesn't look to be much older than 1 year. I assume this was taken in Randolph, as that is where Archie was born and raised until he was 12 years old.
Bottom Left Picture: Dated 1935.
Bottom Right Picture: Dated 1927. The L on his jersey is for Lewis Junior High School where he played on the team.
Obit Picture: Taken 1976. It is half of a picture of him and his wife Margaret.

His obituary was written by his wife Margaret Warner Ranson.

Archie W. Ranson
OGDEN – Archie William Ranson, 85, died Friday, March 3, 1995 at a local care center. He was born March 22, 1909 in Randolph, Rich County, Utah, a son of Joseph H. and Vilate Corless Ranson. At age 12, he moved to Ogden and received much of his education. Here he served a four year machinist apprenticeship on the Southern Pacific Railroad. He worked 46 years and retired in 1974.

In June of 1929, he married Ester Bennett. They had five children and then divorced. In April of 1934 he married Margaret Warner and they had five children.

He played Church basketball for the Ogden 17th Ward for several years. He served as Sunday School and M.I.A. Superintendent. He served as a Counselor in the Bishopric and Bishop of the Ogden 23rd Ward. He was a Home Teacher and Bishop’s Clerk and served as an ordinance worker in the Ogden Temple.

He was active in the Democratic Party as well as the Machinist Local 1429, where he was Local Chairman and President.

Surviving are his wife of Ogden and his children; Mrs. Duane (Dolores) Gibson, Ogden; Jerry Ranson, Layton; Mrs. Hyrum (Bonnie Jean) Price, Ogden; Clifford Ranson, Aiken SC; Mrs. Robert (Fern Kay) Freeman, West Point; Mrs. Keith (Helen Elaine) Wight, Fruit Heights; Mrs. Brent (Midge) Lund, Ogden.

He was preceded in death by three sons.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Aspen Care Center, for their care and concern during his illness.

Family services will be held on Tuesday prior to burial at the Ogden City Cemetery. There will be no public viewing.

Funeral Directors, Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary.

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