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Obituary Notice- Ronald E. Rankin (updated)

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FORESTVILLE:  Ronald E. Rankin, 80, of Whitaker Road, Forestville, died suddenly, Friday, February 13th, 2015 at Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk.  He was born in Dunkirk on February 5, 1935, the son of the late Walter and Julie (Kulpa) Raczka.  Mr. Rankin worked for the former Al-Tech Specialty Steel, Corp Dunkirk, for 40 years.

Survivors include his wife Gail P. (Allenbrand) Rankin of Forestville, whom he married on October 19, 1957, a son Keith Rankin of Dunkirk, three daughters, Sandra Hanley, of Panama, Marla Carter, of Jamestown, Laura (Jeff) Ball, of Forestville another son Craig Rankin, of Forestville, two sisters, Joan Raczka, of Dunkirk and Ardene (James) Dimmer, of Forestville.  Also surviving are 6 grandchildren Kimberly Hanley, Lisa Carter, Natalie Ball, Sara Carter, Angela Carter and Ashley Ball.  Besides his parents he was predeceased by a brother David Raczka, Sr.

There will be no visitation observed.  A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday morning, February 28, 2015 at 11 o’clock from St. Rose of Lima RC Church, Center Street, Forestville, with Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn, pastor officiating.  Arrangements are by Riles & Woolley Funeral Home, Forestville.  To post condolences go to


    Posted February 17, 2015 at 9:11 am

    So sorry to hear about Ron–our prays are with you
    Carole & Bill

  • Lisa
    Posted February 19, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Thank you so much for your thoughts. It means a lot to our family.

  • donna northrup
    Posted February 23, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Every Sunday as we ran into church at the last minute before mass started, Ron would give us his big smile and look at his wrist. He never failed to make us happy every time we saw him. He made the world a better place and will truly be missed.
    Prayers are with you.
    Donna (Gworek) Northrup and Chuck Rizzo

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