• Hardage-Giddens Oaklawn Chapel
    JACKSONVILLE, FL
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John Wallace Ranes, Jr. 1948 - 2013

John Wallace Ranes, Jr.

Thursday, March 14, 2013
My deepest sympathies to the Ranes family.

Although I did not personally know John, we served in the same helicopter unit in Vietnam. He & I both were Cougar Gun Pilots.

Darrell Anthony
Thursday, February 07, 2013
I just learned of John's passing today. I worked for John many years ago at PL&E when I first moved to FL. He was very nice to work for and a true professional. Just as recently as last tax season, he helped me with a project relating to a former client of his, that he honestly didn't have to help on, but he did gladly. That was how he was. I am so sorry for your loss.
Monday, January 14, 2013
We will miss John dearly. Strong in good advice, never judging, always glad to lend a hand.

Mitch & Sue Crystal
Friday, January 11, 2013
As I read all these great words about my daddy, I realize even more how blessed I have been. This great, wonderful, kind and generous and loyal and funny man was MY DADDY!!! I got to grow up with honestly the greatest man I've ever known, it doesn't seem real yet. I feel numb to it all, I keep wanting to talk to him and see him or get one of his big hugs, I never imagined this wonderful man who drift out of my life only a year after giving birth to the son he always wanted. My daddy was a true daddy, he never let us down or hurt us, he was honest and kind hearted. Jackson "little Jack" and I will miss you beyond words and I know I will see you again. I love you forever daddy!!!!!
Thursday, January 10, 2013
I pray for comfort at this time of grief for John's family during this time.

There are many, many work memories that keep drifting into my mind this past week that have made me laugh and cry through the tears. I worked with John for the last 15 years at PL&E, then DH, then DHG.

I remember when I first did a tax return for him how terrified I was of that “tax partner” in the corner office. I was told don't go in there expecting him to give you the answer, you better have research to back up what you think is the answer. So in I went with the tax book flagged in several spots to ask my question. John took one look and said “no, no, no, you people need to LEARN.” Then he took the time and showed me how to find the answer. He just wanted everyone to try and do their best.

I proudly still have an e-mail from him dated 4/5/2007 5:48PM. It reads Subject: “XX is in assembly” and the body of the email simply states “Congratulations – the first perfect return I have reviewed this year. John” Ok, it was a simple 1040, with no schedules, maybe only one W-2, one dividend income, and a rental property, maybe a teeny tiny step up from a 1040EZ form…..but still, I've kept this email, I always will. It was the highest compliment given by someone I admired and respected.

Over the years John wasn't the “tax partner” anymore, he was a colleague, a friend, and someone that shared a loveof family (and understood that that includes dogs and all pets),a love of travel, a love of strong coffee, and a love of what John and I both called “donut perfection” – donuts from The Donut Shoppe on University. Better than any Krispy Cream. Plain glazed hot made fresh. The perfect beginning to a tax season long day (although as an administrative assistant my days were never as long as those of a tax partner).

I thought of all the tax seasons that John would ask me to bring the donuts in “on my way”. Countless times I'd tell him, it is NOT on my way, and his response was always “more on your way than on my way”. So each year, I would find one special day to make that special trip “on my way” into work.

This morning, I drove that extra 5 miles “on my way” to the Donut Shoppe to buy a few dozen for the DHG Coffee Break before the memorial service where we all gathered to share memories of John. I thought to myself, I'll never eat a Donut Shoppe donut without a smile thinking of John, and that's a good thing.

Rest in Peace “tax partner”.
Rest in Peace my friend John.
I'll miss you.
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