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Russell W. Rankin

Russell W. Rankin

Russell W. Rankin, 90, formerly of Lancaster, passed away Thursday, December 31, 2020 at Charter Senior Living Center in Edgewood, Kentucky. Born March 05, 1930 in Lincoln County, he was a son of the late John Wesley & Katherine Holtzclaw Rankin. Russell was an engineer & a United States Army veteran. He was wounded in action during the Korean War. He was an avid traveler, a member of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association & was part of the Professional Engineers of Northern Kentucky. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Rose Sowder Rankin; brother, John Lee Rankin; sisters, Louellyn R. Baker, Georgia R. Cole & Anna Katherine Jones.

Survivors include nephews, Robert R. (Brenda) Baker, of Stanford, David W. (Penny) Rankin, of Lancaster, Tim (Cathy) Ray, of Norwood, Ohio, Greg (Kelly) Houlihan, of Fort Thomas, Kentucky, Bill (Jennifer) Houlihan, of Louisville, Daniel Houlihan, of Lexington; nieces Melinda (Bill) Davis, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Kathryn Lynn Argabrite, of Norfolk, Virginia & Holly Cole, of Jeffersonville, Indiana; special niece & nephew, Adeleide Rankin Davis, Robert Daniel Davis & a sister-in-law, Penny Houlihan.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, January 08, 2021 at Lancaster Cemetery with Bro. Daryl Hodge officiating & burial to follow. Friends & family may share memories or leave condolences on his tribute wall at: Ramsey-Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



4 Condolences

  • Janet Smith=Cook Posted January 3, 2021 11:14 pm

    Sorry to learn of Russell’s passing. I have a lot of good memories of time spent with him and Betty and their families.

  • Bill Mccardle Posted January 4, 2021 2:53 pm

    So sorry to hear about Russell’s passing we missed him stopping by work and telling his stories

  • Melissa Davidson Posted January 7, 2021 5:30 pm

    Russ was a great guy – some of my favorite memories is when Melinda and I were little we would go to work with him when he owned the construction company and he would take us on site – then he would take us to McDonalds for lunch. Another fun memory is when Russ would take Melinda and I to Putzes for ice cream while riding in the back of the truck bed… We will all miss him….

  • Linda Snider Posted January 8, 2021 3:40 am

    Condolences on your family’s loss. It’s never easy losing a loved one. May special memories comfort you and yours.

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