INDIAN ISLAND – Frederick Wilbur Ranco, 76, a Penobscot artist, passed away peacefully Feb. 3, 2008, in his sleep, at his home. He was born Sept. 3, 1931, on Indian Island, the son of Nick and Delia Ranco. A veteran of World War II and Korea, Fred pursued a varied artistic career that included a number of well-known totem poles in Maine and New Hampshire. He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Ranco and her family; his daughter, Eva Love; grandchildren include Quai, Iwani and Kiona Love; and several great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews include Peter, Patricia, Mary and Elizabeth, and their families. Fred was predeceased by his brother, “Carl” Nicholas. Services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at St. Anne’s Church, Indian Island, with a luncheon after. A private family committal of the ashes will be held in the spring. Donations may be made in his memory to Penobscot Nation Indian Museum, 12 Down St., Indian Island, ME 04468. Fred’s sense of humor and storytelling talent will be missed by all who knew him. Arrangements are entrusted to Birmingham Funeral Home, 438 Main St., Old Town.
FREDERICK WILBUR RANCO
Posted Sept. 25, 2008, at 11:16 p.m.