He was born in Portland to Robert and Lois V. Ranstead. The family moved to Gresham, Ore., in 1966. Bill graduated from Gresham High School in 1973. He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1973 and was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant E-5 in 1979.
His several jobs included gun manager for a Gresham area sporting goods store before starting a 19 year career as a security guard for an armored car company.
He married Lois, his high school sweetheart in 2002 in Corbett, Ore. They moved to the Medford area when he was transferred from Portland.
Bill was a volunteer firefighter and paramedic in Portland. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors and was an avid gun collector. His love of shooting earned him the nickname of “Rambill.” He and his wife raised and rescued many exotic birds and llamas.
In addition to his wife, Lois, he is survived by his son, Bradley Ranstead, of Portland; stepsons, Justin Goodrich of Newberg, Ore. and Aaron Goodrich of Sherwood, Ore.; two grandchildren; his mother, Lois V. Ranstead of Gresham; brothers, Larry Ranstead of Gresham, Steve Ranstead of Troutdale, Ore and Alan Ranstead, of Boring, Ore.; and two sisters, Karen Aiken of Plano, Texas and Kathleen Payne, of Corbett.
A memorial service was held at Our Lady of the River Catholic Church in Rogue River on Jan. 28. A memorial fund has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank in Bill’s name. Contributions will go to the fight against cancer.
Arrangements by Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives.