Luke Paul Ranck, 74, died peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 in Lincoln. Luke was born on Jan. 8, 1943 to Luke Jacob and Mary Helen (Galli) Ranck in Philadelphia, Pa.

Luke Ranck

He was raised in Gloucester County, N.J. and attended Gloucester Catholic High School, graduating in 1960.

He married Frances Jean Ingram, the love of his life, on Nov. 7, 1964. Luke and Fran raised their four children in North Platte and were deeply involved in the Catholic Church, North Platte Catholic Schools, Knights of Columbus and many other organizations and activities.

Luke founded the Nebraska Safety and Fire Equipment Company in 1983 and retired in 2010.

Luke was dedicated to his faith, his family, his friends, his employees, and customers. Luke was a hard-working and detail-oriented person. He rarely forgot a number, date, or name and was always welcoming and attentive.

He was able to converse with anyone, anywhere, on nearly any topic. He continued to refine his storytelling skills with his coffee group after retirement.

Luke enjoyed spending time at McDaid Elementary school tutoring kids and felt blessed for the time with each of the students.

Luke is survived by wife, Fran; children, Luke Paul (Shelly) Ranck II, John Joseph (Misti), Beth Ann (Carl) Nemec, and Mary Jo (Cory) Chandler; grandchildren, Payton Ranck, Luke Paul Ranck III, Connor Ranck, Jackson Ranck, Bennett Ranck, Isabella Nemec, Isaac Nemec, and Gianna Nemec; sisters, Eleanor Drebick, Ethel (Doug) Hauser, Mary (John) Lynam; brother, Edward; and other family.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Irene; brother, David; and mother-in-law, Josephine Mitchell.

Mass of Christian Burial was held on Jan. 8 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church with Rev. Mark Seiker as celebrant. Inurnment was at a later date. Adams & Swanson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the North Platte Catholic School Endowment and online condolences may be shared at