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Donald Robert Ranville
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Birth: Aug. 4, 1920
Death: Jan. 24, 1966

Two-Sport Coach at St Agnes
Don Ranville Dead at 45
(published The Flint Journal, January 1966)

It came as a surprise to Don Ranville when he was offered the job as St Agnes High football coach. "It's only temporary," said Rev Maurice Olk, St Agnes pastor.
Ranville was hired for the 1961 season, the Aggie's first in the newly formed Valley Catholic Conference. The position became vacated when Russ Rivet suddenly left the Aggies to become a physical education instructor at Michigan State University. That one season - a 3-3-3 record- convinced Ranville that he'd like to become a coach. "A coach should also be a teacher," said the McDonald Dairy milkman. "I'm going after my teaching certificate and someday I hope to be a teacher-coach." There won't be any teacher-coach role for the likable Ranville. Monday he fell victim to a heart attack and died on his route.

Ranville headed the committee which was seeking funds for the Crusader band's appearance in the Cherry Blossom Festival in April in Washington.

Sports was a big part of his life. As an athlete, as a father. Two sons, Don and Mike, were Aggie football linemen. Another son, Dave, was an outstanding 1965 quarterback and was a starter on last year's basketball team which reached the Class C quarterfinals. This season Dave is the No. 4 scorer in the city.

Ranville, who also coached the Aggie baseball team one season (1962) didn't play ball at Northern High but got into pro ball. In 1938 he hurled two scoreless innings for the Detroit Tigers after Tony Bridges was hit by a batted ball. Two years ago he brought a team of youngsters, Carl's Phillips 66, into the City Baseball League.

Ranville attended Ferris State two years before joining the Marines in World War II. He saw action in the Pacific Theater.

Al Bauer who succeeded Ranville as coach said, "He was probably one of the most well-meaning men you'll ever meet. He contributed immensely through his spirit and cooperativeness." He never lost his interest in Crusader teams, helped Tom Skinner with the Varsity baseball club and last fall handled the Aggie's grade school football team. He was also Matt Heinen's grid assistant for two years at St Mary.

Surviving members of the family are his wife Dorothy of 5308 Woodbine and six sons, Donald Jr. of Flint, and Michael, David, Dennis, Martin, and Gerard and daughters Laurice and Mary, at home.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Alexander Ambrose Ranville (1888 - 1946)
  Ellen Victoria Phaneuf Ranville (1894 - 1974)
 
 Spouse:
  Dorothy Marie Wallace Ranville (1921 - 2005)
 
 Siblings:
  Raymond A Ranville (1918 - 1944)*
  Donald Robert Ranville (1920 - 1966)
  Helen Elaine Ranville Hilden (1922 - 2014)*
  DeVere Ranville (1923 - 2004)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
New Calvary Catholic Cemetery
Flint
Genesee County
Michigan, USA
 
Maintained by: MDurham
Originally Created by: Laura Plummer Ranville
Record added: Nov 28, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44890688
Donald Robert Ranville
Added by: Laura Plummer Ranville
 
Donald Robert Ranville
Added by: Laura Plummer Ranville
 
Donald Robert Ranville
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Families are the compass that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.
- Laura Plummer Ranville
 Added: Jun. 11, 2011
 
 
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