Ranum, Maynard Curtis (1922-2001)

1950s man leaning against his car wearing sunglasses
Photo by Betty Waagedahl, soon to be Betty Ranum. © 1953 all rights reserved.

Maynard Ranum, 79

Viking – Maynard Ranum, 79, died Friday, October 26, 2001 at his home in Viking.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, October 31) at Evangelical Free Church in Thief River Falls with Rev. Jeff Schirle and Rev. Mel Olberg officiating. Arlene Hanson and Kathy Olson will be the organists, and Diane Haven will be the soloist. Special music will also be presented by Jane Mattson, Virgil and Marvelle Hjelle and Dan Olson. Casketbearers will be Terry Ranum, Philip Ranum, Wayne Saewyc, Mark Ranum, Kevin Ranum and Keith Glanzer. Interment will be in Rindal Cemetery in New Solum Township of Marshall County.

Visitation was held Tuesday, October 30, from 4 to 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at Green Funeral Home in Thief River Falls. Visitation will also be held for one hour prior to services at the church today.

Maynard Curtis Ranum was born on May 10, 1922 at Viking, the son of Oscar and Clara Estelle (Olson) Ranum. He was baptized at Rindahl Lutheran Church in Rosewood on July 10, 1923. Maynard attended school at Columbus Elementary School in New Solum from 1929 to 1937. He then spent several years working for area farmers and logging.

On February 13, 1954, he was united in marriage to Betty Elaine Waagedahl at Viking Covenant Church in Viking. Maynard worked road construction in North Dakota and southern Minnesota before returning to Viking where he operated a gas station. In 1964, he moved to Farmington and operated his own service station. Maynard owned and operated three stations at New Market, retiring in 1991 and returning to Viking where he did some service work and mowed ditches for Marshall County and the City of Viking.

Maynard was a member of Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Lakeville where he served as a deacon and worked with the Boys Brigade. After returning to Viking, he became a member of Viking Covenant Church and held the office of deacon. He was also a member of the Viking City Council.

Survivors include his wife, Betty; a daughter, Loretta “Lori” Faye Ranum of Japan; five sons, Terry Curtis (Monika) of Killeen, Texas, Philip Craig of Buffalo Lake, Wayne Charles (Elizabeth) Saewyc of Red Wing, Mark Eldon of Minneapolis and Kevin Dale (Kim) Ranum of Central Lake, Mich.; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; six sisters, Marceline Grundhaus of Thief River Falls, Delores (Sheldon) Forland of Shawnee, Kan., Margaret (Delano) Lind of Minneapolis, Elsie Hodik of Thief River Falls, Isabelle Krohn of Willmar and Alice Kezar of Warroad; and five brothers, Oral (Barbara) of Stanley, N.D., Oscar “Bud” (Delores) of Harris, Lloyd and Sidney (Clarice), both of Viking, and Stanley (Violet) of Neche, N.D.

Maynard was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Jamie Ranum; his parents; an infant brother, Shanly, three stepbrothers, Sanford, John and Glenn Ranum; and a stepsister, Florence Ueland.