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Albert Gustav Ranft, Jr.

Al RanftALBERT GUSTAV RANFT, Jr. passed away March 26, 2008, in League City, Texas. He was born October 22, 1926 in Houston, Texas to Albert and Alice Kretzschmar Ranft.

Al graduated from Milby High School and shortly thereafter enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving two years in Germany. He received his BBA from the University of Houston in 1955 and went to work for Champion Papers in Pasadena, Texas. It was there he met and, married BERTA YOUNGBLOOD on September 12 1959.

Al retired from Champion in 1984 after 34 plus years of service, and he and Berta moved to their beloved farm near Crockett, Texas. At adored living in the country, where he enjoyed riding his tractor, fishing in his lakes, and gardening. He was an avid gardener and raised, several varieties of rare bromeliads as well as hybrid iris and day lilies. In his younger years, Al was an excellent hunter and fisherman. He was also very artistic, having won free art lessons at the Museum of Fine Arts as a child. His specialty was sculpting, but he also did water color and oil painting.

At the time of his death, Al was a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Nassau Bay, Texas. Prior to this, he belonged, to Grace Lutheran Church in Crockett, Texas. Al's faith was very important to him, and he had served his Church in various capacities all his aduIt life.

Al was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Alice Kretzschmar Ranft, and is survived by his wife, Berta, of 48 years; daughter and son-in-Law, Karen and Michael Cunningham of Taylor Lake Village; and grandchildren, Ross and Rachel Cunningham.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 28, 2008 from 6pm to 8pm at the funeral home. A chapel service will be held Saturday, March 29 2008 at 1pm at the funeral home with interment following at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be sent to The Cottages at Clear Lake Alzheimer's Care Facility, 450 Landing Blvd, League City, Texas 77573.