In Memory of Darlene Ranger

Darlene Ranger
Darlene Ranger
Born: March 21, 1931
Died: August 4, 2018
Age: 87
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Darlene Ranger
March 21, 1931 - August 4, 2018
From: Nevada, IA

Darlene Ranger, age 87, of Nevada, Iowa, died at her home on Saturday, August 4, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada, with Denton Nissley officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to services.  Burial will be in the Cass Center Cemetery in Webster City, Iowa, at a later date. 

Born March 21, 1931, east of Webster City, Iowa, Darlene Grace (Hudson) Ranger was the youngest child of T. Elick and Ellen J. (Schafer) Hudson.  She grew up and received her education in Webster City, and graduated from Webster City High School in 1949. 

Darlene married Dale Knutson and was blessed with two children, Robert and Debra.

On July 16, 1961, Darlene married C. Romaine Ranger in Webster City and became a mother to Michael.  The couple later welcomed a daughter, Dianna, to their blended family and moved into their new home in Nevada.

Darlene’s priority and greatest joy was her family.  In the early years she worked on and off at Donnelley Marketing in Nevada and in the late ’60’s accepted employment as secretary to the Nevada High School principal, retiring in 1990.  She was a talented seamstress, making clothing for the entire family, and also was an avid reader.

Survivors include her husband, Romaine; three children, Michael (Nancy) Ranger of Rockford, IL, Debra Knutson of Ankeny, and Dianna (Mike Leonard) Ranger of Norwalk; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.

She was preceded in death by her son, Robert Knutson, in 1990; her parents; two brothers, Donald and Duane Hudson; and two sisters, Virginia Staples, and E. Jean Johnson.

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Darlene and her family. 


Monday, August 13, 2018 at 1:03 PM
“I will always remember Aunt Darlene as a beautiful person inside and out.I have many fond memories of my younger years spending time with your family.I will cherish those memories,at times like this thats all we have.Praying that God will ease the hurt your feeling now and carry you through this difficult time!”
- Marcia Knutson Davis
Friday, August 10, 2018 at 10:42 AM
“We are so sorry to hear of Aunt Darlene's passing...she was a great lady with a heart of gold...I remember staying at her home in Webster City after Uncle Dale passed. I had a Dr. appointment at the time of the funeral or we would have been there as I thought so much of her. Our sympathies to Romaine and family.
- Joyce Knutson Meyers
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 10:35 AM
“My sympathies and love to the family and friends of this great lady. As a 1960 graduate of Nevada High, I remember her smiling face and helpfulness as our secretary. I don't think she knew how many young lives she affected back then! God's blessings to all who loved her! ”
- Vicki (Christy) Schnack
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 4:57 PM
“My condolences to both the Ranger/Knutson families for the loss of a fine lady, Darlene.

I remember her kind and happy nature from going to Nevada High with fellow classmate, Bob Knutson, Mike, Debbie, and Diana.

While I hadn't seen them in many years, she and her family are always a pleasant memory of those good and simpler times. Many of our lives were enriched for having known Darlene and her family.

- Kyle Krebs
Monday, August 6, 2018 at 9:24 AM
“Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you and your Family she will be missed by many .”
- Mark & Kathy Larsen
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2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, IA


Denton Nissley


One hour prior to services
Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, IA


Cass Center Cemetery
Webster City, IA