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September 30, 2023
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Richard Anthony Rannie was 90 ¾ years old when he went home to be with the Lord on September 30, 2023.
Richard was born to Beryl and Anthony Rannie in Staten Island, New York. After graduating from high school and trade school, Richard enlisted in the Army and served in the Korean War. Upon returning to New York, Richard worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Soon after he met the love of his life, Dolores Jane Rannie and was married for 66 happy years. In 1965 Richard and Dolores relocated to Philadelphia, PA and had two beautiful children. After moving to Philadelphia, Richard started working at the Philadelphia Navy Yard where he worked for 35 years until his retirement. Upon his retirement, Richard and Dolores relocated to Bear, DE. Richard worked at the Acme Market part-time for 15 years where he was nicknamed “The Mayor” because everyone knew and loved him.
If you knew Richard, you knew he enjoyed making people laugh and joked around with everyone he met. He enjoyed his church home, St. Paul AME church, where he was a member since 1976. Richard served in many roles, such as Treasurer of the Trustees, Member of the Finance Committee, Senior Choir, Male Chorus, Building Fund Committee and Men’s Day Captain where he was crowned King for raising the most money one year!
His favorite songs were “He Looked Beyond My Faults” and “Amen.” His favorite Scripture was Psalm 27:14, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart, wait I say on the Lord!”
Richard is survived by his lovely wife Dolores J. Rannie, son Rick M. Rannie (Patricia), daughter Kimberley DeGraphenreed (Michael), grandchildren Nicole Spellman (DeShawn), Benita Rannie, Richard Jeremy Rannie (Samantha), great grandchildren Karson Spellman and Maisyn Spellman, grand dog Meeko DeGraphenreed, siblings Joan Rannie, Nancy Rannie, and Stanley Rannie, sister in law Margaret Wattley and a host of nieces and nephews, family and friends.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday October 7, 2023 at St. Paul AME Church, 8398 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA where a visitation will begin at 10:00. Burial will be private.