Ronald Ranson

Ronald Richard Ranson

Saturday, April 4th, 1936 - Saturday, September 5th, 2020
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Ronald Richard Ranson Sr., 84 of Charleston died September 5, 2020 at Eastbrook Center in Charleston.

He worked for over 40 years for the City of Charleston and was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran. He was a graduate of West Virginia State University.

He was preceded in death by Parents: Julian C. and Helen Dempsey Ranson,
Brother: George Ranson and
Sister: Rosalie Dodrill.

Surviving Are:

Wife of 49 years: Janice Ranson of Charleston,

Sons: Ronald R. Ranson Jr. and Mark Jarrett both of Charleston,

Brothers: Frederick Ranson of Arizona and
Russell Ranson of North Carolina.

Graveside service and burial was September 9, 2020 in Graceland Memorial Park, South Charleston with Minister Donald Pauley officiating. Military graveside rites were performed by a U.S. Marine Corps honors team. Leonard Johnson Funeral Home, Marmet was in charge of arrangements.

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  • Service

    Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 1:00pm
    Graceland Memorial Park Chapel
    south charleston, WV
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  • Interment

    Graceland Memorial Park


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Robin Copen

Posted at 02:44pm
He also had another son Kevin Ranson of Ivydale, daughter Beverly (Ranson) Rollins of Charleston and Robin (Ranson) Copen of Hurricane.

charles Sadler

Posted at 09:56am
From: Retired Captain Chuck Sadler

I was very sorry to learn that Ronnie had passed away. As is too often the case with former officers we have worked with i did not do a good job of keeping up with Ronnie after i had retired from the City and moved into my current position with the State. When Rusty Flowers forwarded his obituary notice i hated to see that i had missed the service. Please accept my condolences. I share information with a network of approximately 1,500 officers here in West Virginia and forwarded his obituary notice along with the below note this morning. If there is any way that i can be of help please do not hesitate to get with me at (304) 941-9644 or

Most of you would not have had the opportunity to meet Ronnie Ranson. I had the privilege and honor of working with him for a number of years as a young officer on our then B Shift, upper Kanawha City beat/car 110, when Charleston was running 3 -4 two officer cars at the time, couple on the lower west side, on mid-town and ours on the south side. Ronnie had his quirks, we all do, but he fully epitomized the concept of Community Policing before it was called that. He knew the people and what should and shouldn’t be going on in our beat. I learned a lot from him as a young officer that allowed me to become part of the officer I did. As noted below he stayed on with the City as a civilian employee in the Property and Evidence Section, mainly handling the equipment purchasing and issuance for the dept. He was a stickler for where things were and why you needed it (the right person to have in that position if you were dept mgnt) but he always made sure the officers had the equipment they needed.


Marie Ceeel

Posted at 09:52am
Sorry to hear. Worked with Ronnie in both areas of his time with the City. Ronnie was always on top of his job and will be missed. Prayers of comfort for the family.
Marie Creel


Posted at 09:19am
I am going to miss my grandfather but he is in a better place without pain and suffering 💔 🙏 😢 RIP Papaw XOXO Sierra

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