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Bruce Ranis

April 01, 1937 - March 14, 2019

Bruce Ranis Bruce Walter Ranis
Bruce Walter Ranis, 81, of La Crosse passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019, at the Bethany Riverside. He was born April 1, 1937, to Walter Louis and Madeline (Alleman) Ranis. He married Beverly Broadhead Oct. 16, 1965, and together they celebrated over 53 years of marriage.
Bruce graduated from Central High School in 1955 and Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Ill., in 1959. Following graduation Bruce returned to La Crosse and purchased Super Ice Cream which he renamed Ranison's Ice Cream and Candy, eventually selling the store in 2000.
He was a proud family man and civic leader. He was active in the first Okotberfest parade and served the community by serving on the Central H.S. Alumni Association, PTA, the School Board, and the City Council. He played organ and directed choir at Trinity United Church, Bethany Riverside and Bethany on Cass. He drove school bus for students in wheelchairs and the church bus for Bethany Church. Bruce also had an inspirational radio program on WKTY. He loved his family and his community.
He is survived by his wife, Beverly; two sons, Steve (Taunya) and Timothy (Janean) Ranis; grandchildren, Samantha (Matt) Filipiak, David, Tia and George Ranis of Spring Valley, Wis., William, Theadora, Walter, Warrick and Wesley Ranis of Onalaska; and three great-grandchildren, Annabella, Matthais and Israel; sister-in-law, Karen Broadhead of La Crosse; and sister-brother-in-law, Dennis and Mary Bilen of Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, Bethany Evangelical Free Church, 3936 Co Rd B, La Crosse. Burial will be in the Walnut Mound Cemetery, Retreat. Friends may visit with the family from 10 a.m. Wednesday until time of services at the church. The Dickinson Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
The family would like to give a special thank you to the entire staff at Bethany Riverside. Information and online condolences may be given to the family at
Published on March 17, 2019
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Sarah Moe
Mar 21, 2019
I am sorry to hear about Bruce's death. I grew up in the neighborhood (Winnebago Street) and spent lots of time in the store as a kid. He was always pretty patient with us as we tried to max out our purchases of "penny candy." What a guy! I shall have a "Blue Moon" is his honor. May he live on in blessed memory. Bev, Steve and Tim,my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bob & Jan Mason
Mar 21, 2019
We were so sorry to read of Bruce’s passing away - we are sending you our deepest sympathy and prayers to you and your family 🙏
Bob & Jan Mason
Rev. Kimberly Jordan
Mar 19, 2019
For seven + years I had the pleasure and privilege of leading worship at Bethany Riverside and Bethany on Cass with Bruce at the keyboard. His faith, giving spirit and ever cheerful demeanor brought a light to the residents he served with his ministry of music. Well done, good and faithful servant. Rest in peace and may perpetual light shine upon him.
Cindy and Lynn Stigler
Mar 19, 2019
Our prayers are with you during these difficult days...we are thinking of you all. .
Carol Hutschenreuter
Mar 18, 2019
Boost ran us in was a good man he gave me my first job there when I was 16 years old. May he rest in peace !😢
Doug Conyers
Mar 18, 2019
So sorry for your loss. Prayers are with the entire family
Nancy Holty (Morris)
Mar 18, 2019
Bruce was a good friend to my dad (Dave Morris) especially in these past years since my mom died. He really enjoyed their times of going out to eat and working at the train show. Thoughts and prayers are with your family.
Dean Smith
Mar 18, 2019
My prayers are with your entire family.
Paula Lamke
Mar 18, 2019
Thanks for always having plenty of Blue Moon ice cream on hand ... great childhood memories of RaniSon. Bruce’s love will be missed.
Patti Lokken
Mar 17, 2019
So sorry to hear about your dad. Growing up everyone knew of Ranis I’ve Cream Store. You could say he was a local celebrity. The memory of your dad and his wonderful store will last for many lifetimes! God give you strength during this difficult time. Sending love and hugs.
Susan Riley
Mar 17, 2019
I went to the old Central HS, graduating in 1963. Everyday I walked home after school and passed by Ranison's Ice Cream, stopping many times for a cone and his smile. Those memories are shared by many others. R.I.P. Bruce as we will miss you until we meet again.
Cassondra Gentry Valley
Mar 17, 2019
I am soo sorry to here about the passing of Bruce. I used to live a block from ranison’s, my friends and I we there 10 or more times a day during the summer. It was a great neighborhood store. The ice cream was AMAZING!
Roger and Judith Erickson
Mar 17, 2019
When we were young and lived on Madison, fondly remember walking to Ranison for ice cream. Praying for all family members And especially Beverly who was faithful at LAREA where I (Judith) attended when we were still living in La Crosse.
Jon Griffith
Mar 17, 2019
So sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Garnet Fleming
Mar 16, 2019
Bruce was a great person and co-worker at Super Ice cream. Will be missed by all who knew him.