Charles Ranlett ’54 died on March 24, 2023, in Park Forest, Illinois.
(The following was provided by the Chicago Tribune on April 9, 2023)
Born April Fools’ Day, 4/1/1932, in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. Called home, seven days shy of his 91st birthday, 3/24/2023, twenty-seven days after his wife of sixty-three years, Mary.
Charlie moved to Bangor, Maine, at age four. A lifelong Red Sox fan, he’d memorize box scores as a kid. An avid hiker, he climbed all sixty-seven 4,000+-foot mountains in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. ROTC at Bowdoin College, Class 1954, serving two years in Germany as a first lieutenant. Master’s degree from Wharton School of Business. Met wife, Mary, while mountain climbing in Maine. Married in 1959. Adopted two children, David and Susan. Lived in Homewood, Illinois, for forty years. Worked in municipal government, served on many committees: church, genealogy, and the retirement community they enjoyed for eleven years. Charlie passed after a brief hospice, with David and Sue by his side. Survived by son, David; daughter, Sue; Sue’s six children: Caleb, Ethan, Josiah, Noah, Seth, and Grace; brother, John (Judith); and sister, Mary (Phillip Mossman). Predeceased by wife, Mary, and parents, Louis Felix and Helen.