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James Maynard Ranke

July 26, 1948 ~ November 20, 2019 (age 71)


James Maynard Ranke, 71 of Bridgman passed away on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at his home.

A service will take place in New York at a later time. Online condolences are accepted at

James was born July 26, 1948 in Salamanca, New York, the son of the late Maynard and Lorraine (Hawkins) Ranke. Jim grew up in Ellicottville NY, where he graduated high school. He played and enjoyed most sports, including skiing, which he taught for a few years. He lived and worked in San Diego, CA. for 35 years, as a construction supervisor and part-time catering chef. Jim enjoyed traveling, cooking, bicycling, and golf. He was always the life of the party and will be missed at this years and future family gatherings!

Survivors include a daughter; Rhiannon (Ron) Silvashy; son: Jesse Ranke; grandchildren Sam, Tristen, Layla and Isaiah; brother: Daniel (Mary Shawl-Ranke) Ranke; sisters: Dolores Nichols and Shirley (Mark) Westcott.

Jim was preceded in death by a brother, Rodney Ranke; sister, Marguerite Ranke; nephew Christopher Ranke; parents Maynard and Lorraine.

Arrangements entrusted to Pike Funeral and Cremation Services, Boyd Chapel, 9191 Red Arrow Hwy, Bridgman.

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