Longtime Red Lodge resident Bob Ranta passed away on June 11. He was born on Sept. 28, 1936, to Ahti and Helen Ranta. He was raised by his maternal grandparents on the Jaaksi family farm on Willow Creek.When he was in high school in Red Lodge he was delighted to move into town and stay with his paternal grandparents, Leo, and Hilja Ranta, as it was much easier to play football. One of his life long “loves”. While living with his Ranta grandparents he became very useful in helping them maintain “The Ranta Cabins”. The site now known as the Lupine Inn.He also learned the carpentry trade from his grandfather Leo, who was a very notable craftsman of the time. Bob picked up on this craft and became a very successful carpenter learning many of the special skills from his grandfather. Many of the buildings they worked on together are well known in the Red Lodge area.Bob married his high school sweetheart, Evelyn Ilene Hebbert, right after graduation. They were very happy and eager to start their life together as well as have a family. They were blessed with four children. After only ten years of marriage Ilene tragically passed away.Bob was devastated but tried his best to care for his children and keep his young family together. He worked for many different construction companies in the following years. Hardy, Spiedel, Martel, to name a few. Some took him to other towns, Colstrip, Lame Deer, Miles City, Billings.He eventually returned to Red Lodge, where he resumed running his own business “Bob Ranta Construction”.He married JoAnn Jackson who he often referred to as not only his love but his best friend.He was an avid MSU Bobcat and “49” ers fan. Also, a lifelong “dyed in the wool” Democrat. Bob had been a member of the Elks lodge for 32 years. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He knew every trail, lake, and stream in the area. He also was very proud of his children and their many endeavors. He taught them all the value of hard work and a very strong work ethic. Which he learned from his very early day on the farm.He enjoyed many happy times golfing, bowling, dancing and the company of his wife, children, and many good friends.He was preceded in death by his first wife Ilene, his parents, sister Carol. Those left behind to cherish his memory, wife Joann, son Chris (Sonja) Ranta, daughter’s Leslie (Dale) Haught, Tammara Ranta, Toni (Earl) Ranta-Vinson. Stepchildren Shannon (Frank) Posey, Gregg (Kendra) Jackson, Christy (Kelly) Danielson. 6 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.Services will be held at the Smith- Olcott funeral chapel on Monday, June 27 at 2 p.m. Reception to follow.