Philip Clement Ranney, better known as ‘PC’ to his friends, passed away at age 71 on March 27, 2019, at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich., as a result of a skiing accident.
PC was born in Bay City on Jan. 14, 1948, to the late Rebecca Joan (Mastilock) Ranney and Max Arthur Ranney. He is survived by his two brothers, David Ranney and his wife, Cindy of Reno, Nev., and John Ranney and his wife, Chris and their two daughters, Sarah and Rebecca of Groton, Mass. He grew up in Petoskey, attended St. Francis Xavier School, participated in football and skiing, won senior honors in drafting, and graduated with the fabulous SFX Class of ‘67.
After graduation PC spent several years working in the Gunnison and Crested Butte areas of Colorado where he enjoyed mountain biking, hiking, downhill and telemark skiing, as well as rafting on the Colorado and Green Rivers with his friends.
PC returned to the Petoskey area in the late 1990’s and built his current home in Boyne City, Mich. He owned and operated a painting and carpentry business and enjoyed helping local residents with upgrades and repairs on their homes working for seasonal residents in the Bay View area. With a wonderful sense of humor and a natural flair for adding colorful atmosphere to any event,
PC was an avid skier, bicyclist, and outdoor enthusiast, and especially enjoyed his winter ski team competitions at Nubs Nob in Harbor Springs. In the summers PC would often ride his bike for 20 to 30 miles along the Petoskey and Harbor Spring bike trails.
PC will be sorely missed by his brothers, his classmates, and friends. Please visit www.michigancremation.com to sign his guestbook and share your sympathies and thoughts, and perhaps a story of an experience that will enhance our memories of him.
The PC Memorial Fund has been established at Nub’s Nob where PC skied competitively for many years. This fund is dedicated to deferring the costs of young skiers who need financial assistance to enjoy the sport of snow skiing. To donate, please send a check made out to: NUB’S NOB. In the memo of your check, please write: “PC Ranney Memorial Fund” and send to: Nub’s Nob Ski Area, Ben Doornbof - Gen. Mgr., 500 Nub’s Nob Rd., Harbor Springs, Mich., 49740.