On the 22nd day of February 2020, Jerry Ranson reunited with his loving Mother and Father, Kate and Kayo Ranson, and his little brother, Bo as well as many other friends and loved ones. And let’s not forget his best pal King the Wonder-dog.
Jerry Charles Ranson blessed this world with his presence on March 7th, 1953. He had a love of music, sports, and animals like no other. That love grew stronger throughout the years. When Jerry wasn’t coaching a team for the Ripley Midget League or “correcting” one of the umpires at a Ripley Little League Baseball game he could be found cheering for one of his own six kids from the stands, whether they were on the field-of-play or playing their drums during the half-time show.
Jerry graduated from Ripley High School in 1971. He was a member of the drumline in the Pride of Jackson County’s Fighting Viking Marching Band and the Jackson County 4-H. After high school, without hesitation, he proudly followed in the footsteps of his Dad and brothers and joined the Plumbers and Pipefitters, UA Local No. 625 in Charleston, WV, where he served for many years. Jerry was appointed as the Director of Training for the Apprenticeship Program and served in that capacity until he retired from the Local. You may have attended one of Jerry’s OSHA training seminars he conducted on a quarterly rotation at the Charleston Lead Office.
Jerry was a dedicated member of the Ripley No. 16 Masonic Lodge AF&AM, the Scottish Rite, and the Shriners. Jerry became a devoted member of the International Shrine Clown Association in 2019 and began putting smiles on the faces of thousands of children by sharing his love as “KAYO-THE-CLOWN”. Multiple local and regional area parades were lit-up by KAYO-THE-CLOWN’s presence. KAYO loved parades. But not nearly as much as he loved the children lining the streets waiting to see KAYO pass them by.
Jerry loved life and he lived it to the fullest. Wherever he was (poker at Walt’s or the HPP), whatever he was doing (canning salsa with his buddies or delivering farm-fresh eggs to his crew at the Speedway) you could be sure he was doing what he could to make the world a better place. He had a gift of making anyone in the room feel like they were the most important person in the moment. He loved unconditionally – and always with a smile. Shoot! – you may have had a taste of that love in one of his world-famous steaks he cooked-up on his breezeway grill beside his man-garage. A masterpiece that put any steakhouse to shame.
Having come from a big family, Jerry wanted to have a big family of his own. Left to share his stories and memories with family and friends are his best friend and favorite dancing partner, Betsy and the 5 sons which he spoke about with great pride: Scott “Klondyke” Ranson (Krista), Kess “Klinger” Warren (Crystal), Jason “Jaybird” Ranson (Courtney), Chet “Chetter” Warren (Cindy), Abe “Boo-boo” Warren, and his only daughter Katybeth “Arbutus” Ranson-Pauley (Randy) who, admittedly, had him wrapped around her little finger. Additionally, Jerry’s brothers supported him unconditionally: Larry “Big Al” Ranson, Garry “Gapper” Ranson, Terry “TL” Ranson, Carry “Bo” Ranson. Jerry would also be the first to own Big-Bob Andrews as one of his brothers. Lastly, Jerry was so very proud to be “Pop” for eleven grandsons, two granddaughters, and 1 great grandson.
To say Jerry was loved would be an understatement. He touched the lives of so many people in so many ways. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that he is rejoicing in Heaven. He was a firm believer that God is his Lord and Savior which gave him ever more drive to always see the good in people and do the best he could do to live the best life he could possibly live.
Jerry would like to thank his “Charity Ball Chics” Bev, Vanessa, Brenda, and Debbie for keeping Betsy comforted. Jerry also loved his Heart-Fit team, who cheered him on his mission for health.
Finally, and in true Jerry Ranson fashion- “HE’S GOT THIS!”. At a later time during the coming summer, there will be a Celebration of Jerry’s Life on his family’s little piece of “Heaven on Earth”, RANSON HOLLOWS. Until that date and time is announced, and in lieu of sending food or flowers to the family- Jerry’s wish is that you make donations to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center – Lexington Kentucky (110 Conn Terrace, Lexington, KY 40508).
The Ranson family would like to graciously thank the Waybright Funeral Home for their kind assistance during this time.