Arlyn Ranzenberger

Arlyn O. Ranzenberger, 91, of Caledonia, Minn., passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse.

He was born Jan. 19, 1922 in Caledonia to August and Clara (Burmester) Ranzenberger. Arlyn was a graduate of Caledonia High School. He was a veteran of the United States Army having served in the European Theatre during WWII. While applying for his drivers license, Arlyn met Ruth Somermeyer who was working as a Deputy Clerk of Court at the Houston County Courthouse. They were married at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Caledonia on March 27, 1949. Arlyn began a banking career at Sprague National Bank in Caledonia. He and Ruth lived in several states before moving to Danville, Ill., where Arlyn worked as a bank officer. After ending his career in banking, Arlyn worked as the financial director of the Danville Public School District for 10 years. After his retirement, Arlyn and Ruth moved to Fort Meyers, Fla., where they lived for 10 years. In November of 2000, they moved back to Caledonia and on Feb. 23, 2003, Ruth preceded Arlyn in death. Arlyn was a kind, gentle, and decent man. He was very gracious and selfless, always providing for his family. Arlyn was a valued member of the communities he lived in and he will be missed by his family and friends.

Survivors include two daughters, Jane (Joseph) Goldstein, Waitsfield, Vt. and Ann Ranzenberger of Caledonia; three grandchildren, Maren (Brian) Hoover,  Alexandria, Va.; Claire (Brian) Hart, San Francisco, Calif.; and Nicolaus (Jana) Goldstein, Portsmouth, N.H.; six great-grandchildren, Jackson, Patrick, and Rowan Hoover, Liam and Brenna Hart and Nola Goldstein; one sister-in-law, Joyce (Burton) Bolduan, Caledonia; one niece and Arlyn’s goddaughter, Jan (Tom) Deters, Janesville, Wis.; and Arlyn’s nephew’s wife, Marlyn Peterson, West Salem, Wis.

In addition to his wife, Arlyn was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Lydia (Oscar) Peterson and Olga Ranzenberger; one brother, Ted (Joyce) Ranzenberger; and two nephews, Donald and Gale Peterson.

Funeral services will be Monday, Dec. 30 at 11 a.m., at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 650 N. Kingston St., Caledonia. Rev. Jon Wolff will officiate. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery with military honors by the Loveless Eikens American Legion Post 191 of Caledonia and the United States Army Funeral Honor Guard. A visitation will be Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Homes and Crematory, (Caledonia Chapel), is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be sent at