Thomas Arthur Ranney
March 31, 1931 – July 26, 2020
Thomas Arthur Ranney, aged 89, of Akron, OH, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. Tom was born in Akron to his parents Arthur Fobare Ranney and Effie Murphy Ranney on March 31, 1931. He spent his youth lifeguarding during the summer in Akron while attending Seabreeze High School in Daytona Beach. Upon graduation from Seabreeze he was voted best looking Senior Superlative. He attended and graduated from Florida State University with a Political Science degree and was actively involved in numerous on campus political clubs as well as serving as President of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Following graduation in 1953, Tom was hired by the IBM Corporation and enjoyed a 44-year sales, sales training, executive management, and lobbyist career. He quickly rose through the ranks and was named IBM’s youngest branch manager in 1960. He continued his career in Orlando, Tampa, New York and Dallas and then moved to Jacksonville in 1980 where he ultimately retired in 1997. While in Jacksonville, Tom served on the boards of University of North Florida, The American Cancer Society, and was the Chairman of the Board for the United Way. Tom was also an active member of Rotary International for nearly 40 years in Tampa Dallas and Jacksonville where he served as President from 1991-1992. He was also very dedicated to the Boy Scouts of America throughout his entire life serving in many capacities. He was also awarded the prestigious Silver Beaver Award by the Boy Scouts of America senior executives for distinguished service to youth. Tom was a member of the South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church for 40 years serving in various positions including Elder, Session Member, and Trustee. Tom met Janet Stark while attending Florida State University and they married in Daytona Beach on November 26, 1955. Tom and Janet would have celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Tom is survived by his loving family, wife Janet, son Tom Ranney Jr. (Melinda), daughter Sharon Schnatterly (Eric), son John Ranney (Kelly), and grandchildren Amanda, Brendan, Jack, Tucker and Griffin. A celebration of life will be held at 11am Saturday, August 1, 2020 at South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church, 2137 Hendricks Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32207. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Tom’s honor to South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church. http://www.sjaxpc.org Arrangements by Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel, 4801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville 904-737-7171. Please sign the guestbook at www.hardagegiddensoaklawnchapel.com.
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Thomas Arthur Ranney
August 3, 2020
I was hired as an IBM Systems Engineer in Tom's Jacksonville Branch Office in 1983. During my 13 years there I was always impressed with him as a leader. He was a easy person to talk to and a great IBM friend.
August 1, 2020
Tom, I remember you not only as Branch Manager at IBM but also as a man who loved his family very much. I'm quite certain that you touched many lives with your kindness and generosity. My thoughts and prayers to your family because I know they will all miss you terribly. I'm sure you will continue to watch over them and keep them safe. May you rest in peace.
Sandy & Charlie Griffin
July 30, 2020
Tom was and is a truly a great friend. He felt more like a family member to us. He would love to sit and watch Charlie work and share his memories with us. He was an amazing man and loved life. I was more of taking pictures of Charlie’s work and of Mr. Ranney. He was so excited when he was able to walk out on his dock. He wanted to sit out there and fish. That’s where I can find him now. 😢. We will miss him so much. Our prayers are with the family and Mrs. Ranney.
July 30, 2020
I had the chance to work with Tom from 1984 until I retired in 1994. Tom was an outstanding leader and gentlemen. He taught me a great deal about Jacksonville and IBM. We worked together
as volunteers in Boy Scouts, Junior Achievement and other
opportunities as they came along. He will be missed by his family and the community. God bless him and Tom rest with peace in Heaven.
July 29, 2020
I am deeply saddened to hear of the recent passing of Tom.
I had the honor of working with Tom in the late 80’s as a fellow IBM Branch Manager out of Tallahassee. During the next several years, I came to know and greatly respect Tom for his integrity, professionalism, sense of humor, love & pride in his wonderful family and the tremendous compassion he constantly showed for others.
Tom, you are missed by many, but you positively touched and had an impact on many more,
Thank you my friend,
Janice Futrell Whetstone
July 29, 2020
I was working at the IBM Lexington, KY Manufacturing and Product Development Plant in 1976 - 1981 (after graduating from college). During that time, I worked for John Duddy who attended IBM Sales School with Tom Ranney in the 1950s. In 1981, I applied for a transfer with IBM to go anywhere in the USA to begin my career in a Marketing Division. When Tom was looking for a Systems Engineer candidate through the Atlanta applications and transfer process, he saw my application and that I was located at the Lexington IBM Plant. He called John Duddy because he knew that he also worked at the Lexington IBM Plant. He asked John to look into an application that he found. John asked Tom the name on the application. Tom told him my name. By fate, my desk sat outside of John's office and I worked under him. This was a miracle as there were 6,000 employees at the Lexington plant at that time. Tom told John to "consider her hired". Tom did want me to travel to Jacksonville to meet him and see if Jacksonville was an office I wanted to work in. Of course, I fell in love with Florida, the IBM Building downtown Jacksonville, and also with my new Branch Manager, Tom Ranney. He was like a father figure. I found a new home and a new family of friends in that office. I will forever be grateful to God for bringing Tom and John together so many years ago training and singing "Forever IBM" Songs before going out into the sales field. I truly benefited from knowing both of these gentlemen. Rest In Peace Tom. Say hello to John for me.
July 29, 2020
My heart is broken to see that Tom passed away. I had the privilege of working closely with Tom when he came to Tallahassee in support of the IBM Senior State Executive. John and family - you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope you can find comfort in wonderful memories and knowing that there are so many that Tom positively impacted in his life. Deepest Sympathy-