Frank Richard Rankins went home to be with his loving Savior on Tuesday, December 7, 2010 at the age of 86. He was born on August 3, 1924. He went quietly in his sleep, due to complications from Parkinson's Disease.
Frank proudly served in the Army during WWII in which he fought in the Battle of the Ryukus, also known as Okinawa, in which he earned several ribbons, medals and the Bronze Star. After having served in the South Pacific, he was honorably discharged in 1946.
After he came home he and his wife, Mary Shanklin, lived in Dugger before moving to Kokomo, where they lived for 55 years before moving to Katy, TX.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Mary Janet (Shanklin); and his children, Richard and Jureda Rankins of Kokomo, IN, James and Sharon Rankins of Chattanooga, TN, Pamela and Gary Blake of Katy, TX, Michael and Janet Rankins of Versailles, MO, Rebekah and Doug Hartley of Tallahassee, FL, and daughter-in-law Edna Rankins of Greentown, IN. He is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; sister Kathleen Kirton of Sullivan; brother John Rankins of Dugger; beloved sister-in-law Juanita Fulkerson of Linton; and various nieces and nephews.
His son Cranston Rankins preceded him in death and is now reunited with his father.
Frank retired after more than 30 years with Continental Steel in Kokomo IN. He was also a lifetime member of the American Legion and a member of The Church at Katy, in Katy, Texas.
Frank had a winning smile and a mischievous spirit and will be missed dearly.
Viewing will be Dec. 29 from 5-8 p.m. Services will be held on Thursday, December 30 at 10 a.m. at Memorial Oaks Funeral Home, 13001 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas. Internment at Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Houston.