Robert C. (Bob) Ranard
With his son, Bob Jr., at his side, Bob Ranard died on June 2, 2015 at his home in Woodinville from complications of pulmonary fibrosis and congestive heart failure. He was born in Helena on Jan. 13, 1945 to Alva Wayne (Bill) and Faye Lorraine (Frey) Ranard. Bob grew up in Helena and graduated with the Helena High class of ’63. He enjoyed his 40th class reunion just two years ago. Growing up, he loved working on his old jalopies and became an excellent mechanic, associating with many friends in the stock car racing circuit before going off to the Navy.
Bob married Carol Shepherd in 1962 and together they had three children. After the Navy, Bob drove buses and semi-trucks until taking a job in 1974 as a master mechanic for a Buick dealership in Seattle. When the gas shortage cost him his job, he bought a dump truck and pup and as owner/operator, provided for his family for the next 30-plus years.
Bob remarried in 1978 to Tawny Fischer and together they had a son, Bob Jr. In 1987, Bob purchased a beautiful 5-acre piece of land in the cedars of Woodinville and built a home where he resided until his death. He had a large shop where he kept and maintained his truck, landscaping equipment, ’dozer and backhoe. When he wasn’t driving his truck, he was doing odd jobs in landscape work.
During his last few weeks, Bob was able to spend quality time with his brother and sister, with visits from his children and grandchildren.
Bob was preceded in death by his mother and father and brother Arlee. He is survived by his children Arleen Ranard of East Helena, Tom Ranard of Seattle, Jerry Ranard of East Helena, Robert Ranard Jr. (Aimee Hollembaek) of Woodinville and Lisa Jacobson of Seattle; his brother, William Wayne (Bill) Ranard (Billie Jean) of Bozeman; his sister, Della Grace Ranard (Bob Johnson) of East Helena; his companion Terrie Hudecek and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Please visit www.cascadememorial.com to offer the family condolences or to share a memory of Bob.
Inurnment with Military Honors
11 a.m., Monday, July 6
Montana State Veterans Cemetery