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FACES: Tim Ranft

Monday, November 8, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 11:28 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

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Tim Ranft never really understood what people meant when they said someone was obsessed, until he realized he had his own obsession — cleaning. That makes him perfect for his job as a Stephens College custodian.

“If there’s one thing I can’t stand, it’s a mess,” said Ranft, who has been with Stephens since January. “I just can’t rest until everything is in its right spot; I guess I’m kind of quirky that way.”

His friends quickly picked up on that.

“They used to argue about who would get me as a roommate because they knew I would always keep everything clean,” he said.

Ranft’s work day at Stephens starts at 4 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. But for him, it’s never really done.

“Every time I walk into a place I think about how I would clean it, what I would do first, what I could do while customers were in the store, and what I’d have to do once they were gone,” he said.

Somber and serious to most, Ranft said he really is not that way.

“I’m not real talkative, but I do have an odd sense of humor that not everyone gets right off,” he said. “I believe there is a time for work and a time for play, and I do like to play.”

When not working, Ranft likes to divide his time among his other interests. “I like to do a little of everything. I like to have quiet time to read, listen to music, watch a movie and cook a nice meal,” he said. “I also like to balance that with a little physical activity like bike riding or golf.”

While traveling and finishing his degree are a few of the things Ranft plans to do in the near future, he has plans to try something a little out of character.

“I want to jump out of an airplane with a parachute,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to try it; I think I’ll make plans to do that real soon.”


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