Ed Ranta


Ed was born Dec. 3, 1914, on the family farm on Harris Ridge near Kooskia. He grew up on Harris Ridge and graduated from Kooskia High School in 1932. After graduating from Lewiston Normal School (now Lewis-Clark State College) in 1934, he taught school in Council, Idaho.

In 1939, he graduated from the University of Idaho and moved to Nezperce, where he taught seventh and eighth grades and also was the principal.

Ed was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy and taught communications at a naval base in Chicago and then served on the USS New Orleans.

His volunteer activities included chairman of the Community Concert Series, Lewiston Orchards Irrigation District board member, University of Idaho Vandal Booster Club member, superintendent of the fruit division of the Nez Perce County Fair, member of the VFW and former commander of Sourdough Post No. 10043, volunteer for Meals On Wheels, volunteer AARP tax counselor and a member of the Lewiston Elks Lodge.

Ed was an avid bridge and cribbage player and he and his wife enjoyed attending events sponsored by the University of Idaho, ranging from sports to the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. He was especially proud of establishing an endowment fund, which helps students attending the University of Idaho.

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