DOUGLAS LAMON RANKIN
Douglas Lamon Rankin, age 88, of Kahoka, MO, died Friday, October 31, 2008, in
Keokuk Area Hospital, Keokuk, IA.
He was born August 3, 1920, in Canton, MO, the son of Hiram Lamon and Uda May Rennaker Rankin.
He was united in marriage to Margaret Spiker Mayer on October 16, 1943. She preceded him in death on April 4, 1993. On August 10, 1994, he married Kathryn Logsdon in DeLand, FL.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn, of Kahoka; step-children, John Mayer and Harold "Butch" Mayer, both of Kahoka, Josephine Cantrell of Brentwood, CA, Robert Logsdon of Wewishelcka, FL, and Jeanne and Ron Huston of Williamstown; fourteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; several great-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Virginia Rankin and Charles and Gladys Moore, all of Kahoka; and eleven nieces and nephews and their families.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, John Rankin; three sisters, Mary Shouse, Opal Lee, and Dorothy Wagner; and a sibling in infancy.
Doug was a veteran of the United States Army and proudly served his country during
World War II. Following the war he worked at button factories in Canton, MO and Nauvoo, IL and later ran a car repair garage and operated the bowling alley in Wayland. He went on to manage the Kahoka Lanes before moving to California for several years. When he returned, he worked as a conservation officer for a period of time. The next eleven years he was employed at Daniel Chevrolet and the following 20 years by the City of Kahoka at various jobs.
He loved to fish, hunt and travel. His family and friends were very important to him and
as he spent less time working, he was able to sit back and enjoy watching his grandson, Jack, grow up. He looked forward each morning to spending time with his friends at the "Coffee Club".
Graveside services and military rites by Ayer-Boatman Post # 4342, V.F.W., Herman Blum Post # 192, American Legion and Mo. Military Honors were held Tuesday, November 4, 2008, at 2 p.m. at Bluff Springs Cemetery, rural Canton, MO, with Rev. Barb Hagerla officiating.
Honorary Pallbearers were Dorothy Brooks, Paul Tramel, Dave Riggs, Jason Jacobsen, John Barnes, Gene Daniel, Steve Mayer, Rodger Holton and Michael Kauth.
Pallbearers were John Huffman, Robert Rankin, Eric DeRosear, Bill Conger, Larry Saxton and Curtis Mack.
Visitation was held after 4 p.m. Monday at Wilson Funeral Home with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m.
Memorials were suggested to the family.
On-line condolences may be expressed at www.timeformemory.com/wilsonfh.