Our Obituaries

Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home

Friday, April 06, 2012



March 3, 1916 - April 4, 2012
Sparrowbush, NY
Marine Corporal Henry F. “Hank” Ranich , age 96 deployed to Heaven to join his fellow Marines guarding the streets of gold on April 4, 2012 at Orange Regional Medical Center after a short illness.
He was born March 3, 1916 in Glen Spey, NY, the son of the late Henry J. “Joe” and Bertha E. Schwarz Ranich.
Hank began his musical career at a young age. He and his siblings were introduced to musical instruments at the Port Jervis Salvation Army, where they were given used instruments and lessons. He never forgot the lessons learned or the kindness given to him by the Salvation Army both in PJ and during his service with the Marines in the Pacific Theatre during WW 2. While serving in Japan, he was present soon after the Atom Bomb was dropped and often spoke of the gratitude of the Japanese refugees for the help extended to them by the US Marines. He remained faithful to the Marine Corp. and all other Veterans by playing taps at funerals and memorial services whenever requested.
Hank was a member of Drew United Methodist Church, Port Jervis for over 80 years; an Honorary member of Wickham Church, Port Jervis, where he remained active until his recent illness; the VFW and was instrumental in the organization of the Tri-State Naval Ship, Port Jervis, established in 1946. He was considered the Founding Father of the Broome St. Traveling All-Star Band, marching in parades, attending weekly practices and tutoring and training children. He and his wife of 43 years, Marjie who pre-deceased him on March 5, 2012 directed the children’s choir at Drew Church for many years.
Hank is survived by five daughters, Betty Anne Ranich Backus and her husband, Russell of Rapid City, So. Dakota, Judy Anne Ranich Howey, of Orlando, Florida, Elsie Anne Ranich Barr of Winter Springs, Florida, Lorilee Frances Ranich Gerlach and her husband, Bill of Slate Hill, NY and Betsy Mills DelSanto and her husband, John of Boyd County, KY. A special “son” Tracy Sutera and his wife Jill of Otisville, NY. A special Niece Nancy F. Koenig and her husband Peter of Port Jervis.
Eleven grandchildren, Lisa Barr Ciolkosz and her husband, Michael, St. Cloud, Fl., Charles E. Barr Jr., Orlando, Fl., Charles T. Howey Jr., Orlando, Fl., Melanie Howey Hagan, Winter Springs, Fl., Sonya Howey Danner and her husband Scott, Denham Springs, LA., Cynthia DelSanto Stephenson, Loch Sheldrake, NY, Greta DelSanto Crank and her husband Chris, Grayson, KY, Michael Gerlach and his wife, Katie, Sparrowbush, NY, Jessica Gerlach Petrovic and her husband Pavle, Toronto, Ontario Canada, Kristen and Michelle Gerlach, Middletown, NY.
Fourteen great-grandchildren, AJ and Brittney Carter, Travis Costello and Christopher Ciolkosz, Brandon and Mariah Danner, Julia Gerlach, Milan and Marko Petrovic, Tonya Ward, Justin Wishart, Ella Rose Detzauer, Aaron and Abbie Crank and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Hank was pre-deceased by his Grandson Russell Robert Backus; three brothers, Chester and his wife Jennie; Laurence and his wife Eileen; James and his wife Helen; his sister, Elizabeth Ranich and her husband Carl Bloom; and his Sister-in-law Myrtle and her husband Jim Fitzpatrick.
Friends may call Tuesday April 10 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc., 154 East Main St., Port Jervis, NY. Funeral services will be held
Wednesday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m, at the funeral home. Rev. Robin Martineau will officiate. Interment will take place at Pine Hill Cemetery, Sparrowbush, NY.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wickham Methodist Church, 32 Bruce St. Port Jervis, NY 12771.
Arrangements are by the Knight-Auchmoody Funeral Home, Inc. Port Jervis. For information, directions or to send a condolence note to the family visit knight-auchmoody.com

posted by DMA  # 9:28 PM

<< Home


June 2004   July 2004   August 2004   September 2004   October 2004   November 2004   December 2004   January 2005   February 2005   March 2005   April 2005   May 2005   June 2005   July 2005   August 2005   September 2005   October 2005   November 2005   December 2005   January 2006   February 2006   March 2006   April 2006   May 2006   June 2006   July 2006   August 2006   September 2006   October 2006   November 2006   December 2006   January 2007   February 2007   March 2007   April 2007   May 2007   June 2007   July 2007   August 2007   September 2007   October 2007   November 2007   December 2007   January 2008   February 2008   March 2008   April 2008   May 2008   June 2008   July 2008   August 2008   September 2008   October 2008   November 2008   December 2008   January 2009   February 2009   March 2009   April 2009   May 2009   June 2009   July 2009   August 2009   September 2009   October 2009   November 2009   December 2009   January 2010   February 2010   March 2010   April 2010   May 2010   June 2010   July 2010   August 2010   September 2010   October 2010   November 2010   December 2010   January 2011   February 2011   March 2011   April 2011   May 2011   June 2011   July 2011   August 2011   September 2011   October 2011   November 2011   December 2011   January 2012   February 2012   March 2012   April 2012   May 2012   June 2012   July 2012   August 2012   September 2012   October 2012   November 2012   December 2012   January 2013   February 2013   March 2013   April 2013   May 2013   June 2013   July 2013   August 2013   September 2013   October 2013   November 2013   December 2013   January 2014   February 2014   March 2014   April 2014   May 2014   June 2014   July 2014   August 2014   September 2014   October 2014   November 2014   December 2014   January 2015   February 2015   March 2015   April 2015   May 2015   June 2015   July 2015   August 2015   September 2015   October 2015   November 2015   December 2015   January 2016   February 2016   March 2016   April 2016   May 2016   June 2016   July 2016   August 2016   September 2016   October 2016   November 2016   December 2016   January 2017   February 2017   March 2017   April 2017   May 2017   June 2017   July 2017   August 2017   September 2017   October 2017   November 2017   December 2017   January 2018   February 2018   March 2018   April 2018   May 2018   June 2018  

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?