Della Fern Ranker, 93, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2023 in Salina, KS. She was born November 29, 1929 in Ellsworth County, KS to William Wachs, Sr. and Minnie (Haase) Wachs. Della was a graduate of Ellsworth High School. She married Dorsey “Duke” Ranker in Ellsworth on October 9, 1950. She was a bookkeeper at IGA, the weed department, and for Duke’s trash service. Della was very active in the Ellsworth VFW Auxiliary and the Immanuel Lutheran Church LWML. She also served as a Cub Scout den mother.
Della is survived by her daughter Linda Jackson (Jack) of Jackson, NJ; sons, Virgil Ranker (Connie), Dwayne Ranker (Geri), and Eugene Ranker all of Ellsworth; 10 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren; sisters, Alice Bednasek of Holyrood, KS and Nancy Wachs of Ellsworth; and brother Bill Wachs, Jr. of Ellsworth. She was preceded in death by her parents, William, Sr. and Minnie Wachs; husband Dorsey “Duke” Ranker; sister Mona Peterman; and brothers-in-law, Clarence Peterman and Vernon Bednasek.
Visitation: 1-8 p.m., Thursday, April 20, 2023 at Parsons Funeral Home. Family will be present 6-8 p.m.
Funeral service: 10:00 a.m., Friday, April 21, 2023 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ellsworth with burial following at Ellsworth Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to Ellsworth VFW Post 6485 Auxiliary or Immanuel Lutheran Church LWML, c/o, Parsons Funeral Home, PO Box 45, Ellsworth, KS 67439.
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