Arlyn O. Ranzenberger, 91, of Caledonia
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 5:23 AM
Arlyn O. Ranzenberger, 91, of Caledonia, Minn., died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.
He was born Jan. 19, 1922, in Caledonia, Minn., to August and Clara (Burmester) Ranzenberger. Arlyn was a graduate of Caledonia High School. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served in the European Theatre during WWII. While applying for his driver's license, Arlyn met Ruth Somermeyer who was working as a Deputy Clerk of Court at the Houston County Courthouse. They were married at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church in Caledonia on March 27, 1949. Arlyn began a banking career at Sprague National Bank in Caledonia. He and Ruth lived in several states before moving to Danville, Ill., where Arlyn worked as a Bank Officer. After ending his career in banking, Arlyn worked as the Financial Director of the Danville Public School District for ten years. After his retirement, Arlyn and Ruth moved to Fort Meyers, Fla., where they lived for ten years. In November of 2000, they moved back to Caledonia and on February 23, 2003, Ruth preceded Arlyn in death. Arlyn was a kind, gentle, and decent man. He was very gracious and selfless, always providing for his family. Arlyn was a valued member of the communities he lived in and he will be missed by his family and friends.
Survivors include two daughters, Jane (Joseph) Goldstein of Waitsfield, Vt., and Ann Ranzenberger of Caledonia, Minn.; three grandchildren, Maren (Brian) Hoover of Alexandria, Va., Claire (Brian) Hart of San Francisco, Calif., and Nicolaus (Jana) Goldstein of Portsmouth, N.H.; six great-grandchildren, Jackson, Patrick, and Rowan Hoover, Liam and Brenna Hart, and Nola Goldstein; one sister-in-law, Joyce (Burton) Bolduan of Caledonia; one niece and Arlyn's Goddaughter, Jan (Tom) Deters of Janesville, Wis.; and Arlyn's nephew's wife, Marlyn Peterson of West Salem, Wis.
In addition to his wife, Arlyn was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lydia (Oscar) Peterson and Olga Ranzenberger; one brother, Ted (Joyce) Ranzenberger; and two nephews, Donald and Gale Peterson.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Dec. 30, at 11 a.m., at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, 650 N. Kingston St., Caledonia with the Rev. Jon Wolff will officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery with military honors by the Loveless Eikens American Legion Post 191 of Caledonia and the United States Army Funeral Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (Caledonia Chapel), is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at www.jandtfredrickson.com.