Charles Jack Ranke
December 31, 1927 – June 22, 2020
On, Monday, June 22, 2020, Charles Jack Ranke, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother passed away at the age of 92.
Charles Jack Ranke was born on December 31, 1927, in Hamilton, Ohio to Arthur S. and Mildred Buell Ranke. Known as “Jack” from childhood, he graduated high school in Hamilton in 1945. On December 17, 1945, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps which led him to become a service member of the United States Air Force.
At Scott Air Base in Illinois, he received his air traffic control training. After graduating, he began his military tour of duty with travels throughout foreign countries that included the Philippines and Japan. Jack was a proud, hardworking Air Traffic Controller through his entire military career.
While stationed at the Brookley Air Force Base in Mobile, Alabama he met his beloved wife, Jimmie Kate Burnette. They were married in Mobile, Alabama on December 13, 1952. The two newlyweds then set out for El Paso, Texas where they welcomed their first born child, Charyl Lee. Jack and Jimmie then moved to Fairbanks, Alaska where they welcomed two more children, Charles Randall and Susan. Eventually, the family traveled back home to Ohio, settling in Fairborn at Wright Patterson Air Force Base.
Amongst his many travels, Jack had a tour of duty in Greenland. Following the completion of his duty there, he was sent with the family to Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware where they welcomed the birth of their fourth child, Phillip Burnette Ranke. Shortly thereafter, the family was transferred to Ankara, Turkey for several years. Eventually the family came full circle back to Wright Patterson Air Force Base. After retirement from the Air Force in March, 1970, following 26 years of service, Jack joined the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) as an air traffic controller at Miami International Airport. The family moved to Miami, Florida where, in due time, he would retire after many years of commitment with honor as a Senior Master Sergeant of the United States Air Force.
Jack, being from Ohio and Jimmie, being from Alabama, chose to make their forever home in North Carolina. He attended Catawba Valley Community College where he received an Associate Degree in furniture design. Jack had a sincere love for Hickory where he and Jimmie bought a home that sat upon the highest hill. The two thoroughly enjoyed retirement years full of love and laughter, surrounded by their children and grandchildren.
Jack’s greatest love was his family; first and foremost, above all. He was an honorable, humble man that committed his life to the wellbeing of his wife, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Arthur Schwab Ranke and Mildred Buell Ranke, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Joanne Ranke, Betty Ward and Lois Weaver.
Charles is survived by his wife of 68 years, Jimmie Kate Ranke; sons, Charles Randall Ranke and Phillip Burnette Ranke, both of Hickory, NC; daughters, Charyl Lee Rocco of Colorado and Susan Rockwell and husband Gary of Atlanta, GA; daughter-in-law, Jane Ranke; siblings, Ruth Mildred Spada, Arthur Schwab Ranke, Jr. of Hamilton, Ohio; Barbara Ann (Robert) Schoenfeld of Mainesville, Ohio; grandchildren, Stephen Ranke, Rebecca Ranke, Keli Ranke, Katie Ranke, Stephanie Tandhasetti, Amy Rocco, Bryan Rocco, Jonathan Rocco and Daniel Rocco; and many family members who will cherish his memory and carry on his legacy of respect, honor, and loyalty .
Condolences may be sent to the Ranke family at www.drumfh-hickory.com.
The Ranke family is being served by Drum Funeral Home in Hickory, NC and Webb-Noonan Funeral Home in Hamilton, Ohio.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Charles Jack Ranke
July 4, 2020
When it comes to the all-American values of hard work, love of family and service to country, my father’s life has been an exemplary example. One of my earliest childhood memories is one of pride, as my Granny Ranke commented on how handsome my dad looked in his dress uniform. I wholeheartedly agreed! So proud of my handsome Dad!
As much as he loved his country, it came in second place behind his love for his family. No matter where we lived, he made sure that in the summer we vacationed in Ohio or Alabama to see relatives on both sides of the family. I think one of the hardest times in my Dad’s life was when the Air Force sent him alone to Thule, Greenland for a year. He called frequently and wrote letters that revealed his homesickness. I still have the letters that he wrote his third grade daughter, where he writes, “I can’t wait to get home and take the family to Big Boys for burgers and fries!”. Our turquoise ‘57 Chevy Nomad station wagon was the perfect family-style vehicle of the time. Drive in movies were popular and I remember Dad lowering the back seat, piling in quilts and pillows, and three little kids in pajamas. The movies always ended with us falling asleep while Mom and Dad cuddled in the front seat. We slept secure in the knowledge and comfort of their love for each other. My father exemplified the strong work ethic that was so typical of his generation. I don’t know of anyone as generous as my dad. If there was a need, he was always willing and able to provide whatever was needed. It gave him genuine pleasure to express his love for his family in this way. He managed his finances well and we all enjoyed the fruits of his labor. It has been a joy and honor to be the daughter of a man whose life embodied these principles. I love you and miss you Dad!
June 29, 2020
Wow! Where do I begin to tell the story of how great a love can be?
Well Daddy, to begin, I love you with all my heart. These past two years in Kingston and back at home, I have never before laughed as much as I did with you and Mommy! You always had us laughing Daddy!
It’s not been an easy last year for you both; but, I have loved coming every month, sometimes twice in a month if illness arose, to care for you and to relieve you of the daily loving care you provided to Mommy.
We took rides to Boone to shop! We went to Longhorns for your favorite Steak & to the Fish place on Fridays. Let’s not forget always making sure to go to your favorite Pie place. The Pie place will never be the same. Mommy and I even got you watching Hallmark Movies with us.
I will cherish these past two years more than any others. You are the greatest Father and Husband! You had your own way of showing love. Some didn’t get it; but, I did!
I’m sad that I can’t see you, talk to you or just go get whatever you needed anymore; but, I’m at peace Daddy.
Where do I end this love story? I end it by saying that I will Love, Honor and take care of your Wife, my precious Mother, until the day the Lord brings her to you.
I love you Daddy!! Suz
June 29, 2020
I believe it’s the smallest memories that have the heaviest impact. I’ll cherish every summer that I had in NC with Granny & Grandpa; from library trips with Granny to the candy store up in Boone that Grandpa made sure to take us to. Every summer I made it a mission to prove to Grandpa that he snores (he insisted he didn’t). Us grandkids would get out the tape recorder and boast how we caught him when he’d wake up from his nap. He’d still insist it wasn’t him. But that was grandpa, always out to tease and make his grandkids laugh. Our contentment was always at the core of his heart.
He loved us all unconditionally and while he wasn’t an overly affectionate man, I sure knew that I had a special place in his heart...he made sure I knew it.
I am, forever, grateful for the immense amount of time I had with him.
Melissa Long (Ranke)
June 27, 2020
Loved my Uncle Jack. So many great memories! Although they lived out of state, still had and have a great bond as we all got together regularly.
Lots of love to to my aunt and cousins.
Charlie (Randy) Ranke
June 25, 2020
Dena and Kathy,
Charlie (Randy) Ranke here.
Thank you so much for your memories and
taking the time to post.
Glad you enjoyed my Dad so much.
Means a lot to me.
Your Mother was the same for me.
Always laughing the loudest.
Always good and kind and special to me.
And cool. ('50's, '60's, '70's speak)
You know what I mean.
Proudest memory of my Dad ?
How much he exhibited his devotion for Mom
when she had her 2nd stroke and he had to
leave their house to live with her in assisted living,
which he hated.
He cooked, kept an eye on the money and her drs. appointments
and cared for her in every way possible.
Their roles had reversed.
He did that.
I think it was his defining and lifelong accomplishment.
His devotion to her.
He loved Jimmie.
And anyone she loved.
His family of origin or hers.
Thanks again for your memory.
June 24, 2020
We have you in our thoughts and prayers. Uncle Jack was always my favorite uncle because he acted so tough but was actually a softie.
Prayers for your trip to Ohio.
Love, Rob Kathy and Sydney.
June 24, 2020
When Jack and Jimmie moved to Hickory so many years ago, I remember going to visit and wishing I could trade my father for my uncle. He was one of a few family members who I could tease and pick on unmercifully because he did the same to me. I will forever have a picture of him in my mind, sitting on a couch in some Alabama home, always sitting in the corner of the couch so he could stretch his arm out along the top of the couch which meant as you walked past, he could grab you and pull you down! His laugh always rang the loudest at any family gathering. And even though he was the in law, he was the favorite of everyone in the Burnette family, my mom included....so Jack, I am really happy Mom went before you because she would have been devastated to lose you. Jimmie, Randy, Charyl, Susan and Phillip....I am so sorry for your loss and I will thinking about you. He is with everyone now, Ranke and Burnette and he is again laughing the loudest at the family reunion