It is with profound sadness that the family announces the passing of John Rankin on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at the Carman Memorial Hospital at the age of 79.
Remaining to forever cherish his memory is his beloved wife of 54 years Lois (Waldie); daughter Diana (Barrie); sons Jim (Barb), Ron (Mae), Robert and David; also by his grandchildren Janet, Sarah Rankin, Chris, Darris (Lynne), Mandie Budd, Vanessa (Dave), Taren, Erica, Toria, Rowyn Rankin, great grandchildren Charlee, Declan and Matheu. John also leaves behind his brother Moe, his sister Dot (Jim) Miller, sister in-law Eddie Rankin. Also feeling a loss is Lois's family Brian (Darlene) Waldie, Betty Edkins, Carol (Ken) McKenzie, Ileen Waldie and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Alex and Ida Rankin, brothers Claire, George, sister in-laws Norma and Joyce Rankin and sister and brother in-law Marge (Brian) McCaplin and nephew Wayne Rankin.
John was born on February 26, 1934 in Killarney, MB on the family farm where they were strongly known for raising purebred Herford cattle. In 1956 John started as a helper at an elevator in Crommer, MB which continued to be his life path in the grain industry. In 1957 John married the love of his life Lois, and they moved to Deepdale, MB where he managed his first elevator, during this time they were blessed with Jim, Ron and Diana.
In 1962 they were transferred to Altamont, where they resided for the next 27 years, during that time they added to their family with two more boys, Robert and David. John retired from the elevator in 1989 but soon found jobs to keep him busy. He worked helping out area farmers before taking a job with Kimberly Clark as a Field Buyer. He enjoyed this job, making farm call and visiting with the farmers.
In 1991 John and Lois moved to Carman where they resided. John thoroughly enjoyed his sports. There was always time for a game of golf with his children, grandchildren and friends, or a curling bonspiel that had to be taken in or a hockey game to watch. John also loved to spend his summer at the trailer in Killarney with his family and friends, a love that he has passed on to his granddaughter.
Dad's devotion to his family was boundless. He had a very special gentle caring touch, the patience of a saint, and a caring consideration for all others that was unmatchable. As difficult as it is to let him go, we know his suffering has ended and he is now at peace.
Funeral service took place on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at the Carman United Church. Interment took place in the Altamont Cemetery.
Donations in John's memory may be made to CancerCare, MB or the Canadian Diabetes Association.