Benjamin Joseph Ranck passed away early in the morning of Dec. 7, 2017.
Ben was born on Sept. 16, 1979, a son of Karen Neff Ranck and the late Wayne E. Ranck.
As a child he was fascinated by nature. Barely a day went by that he was not out exploring and bringing home some new critter; the true roots of the mountain man we all came to love. After graduating from Shikellamy High School in 1997, he lived amidst the mountains of Vermont for a time before making a trek out west to the wilderness of Wyoming. Eventually his journeys led him back to his roots in Sunbury. Ben was indeed a man who saw much and said little.
Many around town came to know him as "Ben the Beer Man" during his employment at Brewers' Outlet, but he also became known as "Ben the Bread Man" after becoming a truck driver for Bimbo Bakeries. During his free time Ben always found a way to keep busy. He remained involved in his boyhood scout troop, built many innovative additions to his backyard, usually with nothing but a couple of 2x4s, and was key proprietor of Front Street Poultry. Ben kept busy, and loved every second of it.
Ben is survived by his mother, Karen Ranck; his younger brother, Alex Ranck; his longtime girlfriend, Rochelle Crownover; and his aunt, Jennifer Diehl, along with many other aunts, uncles, cousins, and lifelong friends. Also surviving him are his four canine companions, Willy, Chopper, Dozer, and Pancake.
Preceding Ben is his father, Wayne; his paternal grandparents, Robert Ranck and Elda and Mark Pardoe; his maternal grandparents, Nancy (Bahner) Neff and Richard Neff; his aunt, Barbara Neff; and uncle, Andrew Neff.
If you knew Ben, then you knew the only thing bigger than his beard was his heart. He was a gentle giant who loved his family, friends, and especially his grandma who referred to him as, "My Ben."
Our hearts are broken from the loss of Our Ben, but his spirit will live on in the hearts of all those he touched throughout his life. Our Ben may be gone, but he will never be forgotten.
Services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, 395 State St., Sunbury. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. followed by the service at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making contributions to your local animal shelter, Boy Scout troop, or cancer foundation of your choice.
Published on December 9, 2017