Ranney Leek, age 102 of Ames and formerly of Algona, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, at Northridge Village in Ames. Funeral services were 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Algona with the Rev. Tom Schlund officiating. Burial was in East Lawn Cemetery with Military Rites conducted by the Iowa National Guard Honor Guard and the American Legion and VFW from Algona. Visitation was Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church until the time of services.
Ranney Ferdinand Leek, the son of William and Ida (Bussie) Leek, was born June 18, 1917, in Burt. Ranney graduated from Burt High School in 1938. He served in the United States Army during World War II, entering in 1941. He saw duty in the European Theater in England, North Africa, Italy, France and Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1945.
On June 12, 1949, Ranney was united in marriage to Verdell Riedel in Algona. Ranney worked for Pioneer Seed Corn Company for 35 years, mostly in Algona and the Midwest. Starting as a laborer, he worked his way up, ending his career as construction superintendent. Ranney was self-educated as a welder and a licensed electrician. After retiring in 1980, Ranney and Verdell loved square dancing with the Titonka Twirlers, camping and spending winters in Florida.
Left to cherish Ranney’s memory are his wife Verdell of Ames; son Ward (Vickie) Leek of Ames; two granddaughters, Jennifer Peterson and Melissa Serio; two great-grandsons, Carter and Dawson Peterson; sister Marlene (Richard) Frambach of Algona; and brother Leroy (Shirley) Leeck of Avoca, Wis. Ranney was preceded in death by his parents; son Niel; brothers, Arthur Leek, Herbert Leek, William “Toots” Leek and Vernon Leek; and sisters, Lena Petronek, Mabel Johnsrud and Isabelle Leek.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Trinity Lutheran Church Endowment Fund. The Lentz Funeral Home is serving the family. Condolences may be left at www.lentzfuneralhome.com.