Nickerson Funeral Home

77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans, MA


William Allen Rangnow

April 21, 1923January 14, 2020

William Allen Rangnow, 96, of Orleans, died peacefully January 14, 2020. He was a grateful resident of The Terraces for 12 years. Born to Adolph and Carolyn (Hasenfus) Rangnow April 21, 1923 in Philadelphia, Bill was predeceased by two sisters, Grace Gray and Claire Rangnow. He married Marion Fulton in 1950 and became the proud father of five children. He is predeceased by Marion and survived by his children and their families: Jennifer Rangnow; Pamela Hayes and spouse John; William Rangnow, Jr.; Gregory Rangnow and spouse Jennifer; and Tracy Voca and spouse Bogdan. Bill was grandfather to Dannon Flynn; Natalie Glynn and spouse Patrick; Stuart Hayes and spouse Jessie; Alexander, Kelsey, and Brody Rangnow; Isabel and Adrian Voca; and great grandfather to Kailash Flynn, Scarlett Glynn and Harper and Rhydian Hayes. Bill was in a loving relationship with Linda Smith for the past 19 years.

Bill graduated from Newton High School in 1941 where he was awarded the superlative “friendliest”. He enlisted with the Navy in May 1943 and served as a Navy Air Cadet piloting the PB4Y-2 for nearly three years. In 1947, Bill was awarded a B.S. in Business and Engineering Administration from M.I.T. which launched a 35-year career selling packaging machinery, most notably with R.A. Jones, Inc. His career led the family from Massachusetts to Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta and New Jersey. Upon retirement, Bill and Marion moved to East Orleans where he became a dedicated volunteer with Snow Library, Lower Cape Outreach Council (LCOC), Capabilities, the Homeless Prevention Council, Meals on Wheels, FISH and the Cape & Islands AIDS Support Group. He was an active member of the Orleans United Methodist Church.

A memorial service will be held at the Orleans UMC, 73 Main St., February 1st at 11:00 a.m., followed by a gathering at The Terraces to which all are invited. We look forward to celebrating a man known for his creativity, sense of humor, gregarious nature, and glass-half-full outlook even when the Red Sox and Patriots were losing. In honor of Bill’s life, please consider making a donation to the Orleans Convalescent Home Education Fund (60 Daley Ter., Orleans, MA 02653) or to LCOC (POB 665, Orleans, MA 02653).


  • Orleans Convalescent Home Education Fund
  • Lower Cape Outreach Council


1 February

Memorial Service

11:00 am

United Methodis Church of Orleans

73 Main Street
Orleans, MA 02653

Followed by a gathering at The Terraces to which all are invited


William Allen Rangnow

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Gail Meyers Lavin

January 25, 2020

Whether Bill was reminding me that his name rhymed with “cow” so I’d learn how to say it, being a tireless mentor/colleague as we organized the Orleans activities for First Night Cape Cod, being right there with Linda, me and others at the Provincetown AIDS Support Group making life a bit easier for the many people living and dying with HIV/AIDS, or providing much needed levity and a twinkle in his eye along with his wisdom when I needed it, Bill was a larger than life personality and presence who will always be missed and fondly remembered.

But one of my best memories was after Bill moved to the Terraces, letting the Lower Cape J-1 Summer Host Housing Program bike lending program emanate from his garage!! At given times, the apartments parking lot filled with bemused international work/travel students, wondering why they were coming to this strange place where they had been told they might be able to borrow a bike to ride to work and back! And there was Bill welcoming them in front of his open garage filled to the brim with donated, fixed up bikes for them to ride around the lot to make sure the bikes they chose fit them. A quick sign up promise to return them, and off they went, leaving Bill a place for his car again!! Rest In Peace, Bill.

Marion Griffin

January 18, 2020

For most of my childhood my family , Richard and Connie Griffin and eight children, visited Aunt Marion and Uncle Bill on our way home from our family vacation. We were always greeted with so much love, kindness and generosity. Uncle Bill was the first to embrace all us kids with a big smile and a hug. He was personable and engaging, kindly offering his loving hospitality. I have many, many fond memories of both Aunt Marion and Uncle Bill...I miss them.