EVART — Elwin C. “Sonny” Ranshaw, 90, of Evart, passed away on Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at the home of his son near Alpena.
Elwin was born on April 30, 1925, in McBain, to Clell and Anna (Westra) Ranshaw. He graduated from Barryton High School in 1943 and then joined the U.S. Army. He was a proud veteran of World War II, serving in the Philippines, and was discharged in Japan. Sonny married Doris L. McLachlan in Evart Township on Sept. 26, 1948, and she preceded him in death on Sept. 8, 2013. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local No. 324 and worked as a bulldozer operator who built roads throughout Tennessee, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. Elwin was a member of the Evart VFW Post No. 7979. Sonny loved being with his family and enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and bingo.