Richard A. Rankin

Richard “Dick” Rankin passed away on September 8th, 2018 at home in Edwards, Missouri with his family at his side.  Richard was a beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend to many people.  Born on October 4th, 1943 in San Diego, CA at Hillside Hospital, Richard was the second son of Howard and Mary Ann Rankin, coming along 2 years after older brother Bob.  Howard and Mary Ann took their boys and moved to Kansas City, KS in 1944, moving to a townhouse in Quindaro Homes on North Allis St.  Bob and Richard were close brothers who years later were joined by siblings Don and Barb.
Richard graduated from Wyandotte High School in 1961. Not long after he began his career becoming an apprentice sheet metal worker in 1963.  Around that same time Richard was set up on a blind date by a close friend with the lovely Nina Erickson, who despite living less than half a mile away from each other in Quindaro Homes and also going to Wyandotte, although a year behind, they had never met. That date began a relationship that resulted in their marriage on August 16th, 1964. Theirs was a truly deep and caring love that continued 54 years until his passing. His love for Nina was always present and shown right up until the end, worrying more about her than himself. They were just as much in love at the end as they were in the beginning.
Richard began work at A. Zahner Sheetmetal in 1964 and became a journeyman sheet metal worker in 1967. Richard was a proud union member of Sheet Metal Workers Local #2 all of his life. Sheet metal work would provide an income for 37 years that supported his wife and children and their educations.  Richard was devoted to his chosen craft and worked as an instructor at the apprentice school for the local for many years teaching rigging and safety.  His finger prints can be found on many structures throughout Kansas City and the surrounding area, often high above the ground where only a few special people dared to work.
Richard and Nina had two children, Bob and Lori who were born in 1965 and 1968. The family lived just “down the hill” their families in Quindaro Homes until the late 70’s when they bought their first home on 33rd St in KCK near their church and children’s school. There they raised their children, teaching them life’s lessons and setting an example of helping others.
Richard was a scout leader for his son’s Cub and Boy Scout Troops and helped teach many young men the art of tying knots and starting a fire with a couple of sticks or flint and steel among many things. Most of all he taught them the importance of helping others and being a good member of society.
Richard eventually left Zahner’s after 22 years and moved to Metro Air where his brother Bob worked. He spent the remaining 15 years of his career there and retired in 2000.  Richard and Nina built, their retirement home on Lake of the Ozarks in Edwards, MO doing a great deal of the work themselves and resided their the remaining 18 years making many new friends and being a committed part of the community by helping with the Deer Creek Volunteer Fire Department and was on their governing board.
Richard was an avid outdoors man, enjoying fishing and hunting with his brothers and son over the years. Summers for the family were spent camping nearly every weekend at Pomona, Perry or Douglas County State Lake. Summer evenings often meant hours of fishing on Wyandotte County Lake for Richard and his son.
Richard was also a self taught wood craftsman and made all sorts of furniture for friends and family over the years. You were fortunate if you got a hand crafted piece of furniture from him and probably still have it to this day. All you needed to do was show him a picture of what you wanted and he would be off to his wood shop and soon an amazing piece of furniture was being delivered to your home.  The number of lives touched over the years is large and he will be remembered for never saying no when anyone asked for help with a project, problem or predicament.
Richard was proceeded in death by his father Howard and mother Mary Ann.
Richard is survived by his wife Nina, brothers Bob Rankin (Kathy), Don Rankin and sister Barbara Rankin, son Bob Rankin (Amy), daughter Lori Kirkendoll, grandchildren Riley (Hali), Sarah (Jared), Emma and Ella, and great grandson Jace. As well as his niece Debbie Leonard (Jim), nephew Allen Rankin and grand nieces Randi, Natalie, Jamie and Lila. His uncle Homer Rankin (Pat) and many cousins in the Gardner, KS area. He loved them all and they will all miss him.
Richard was a tremendous man who lived a good life and left us all too soon. He will be greatly missed, fondly remembered and always present in the lives of family and friends.
Richard will be cremated in accordance with his wishes. There will be a celebration of life that will take place on Oct. 6th at the Deer Creek Fire Station, 30209 Hwy M, Edwards, MO 65326 at 11:00 with the assistance of Philip Orick. A reception will follow with food provided by the Busy Bees.
In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to either the Deer Creek Fire Protection District, 30209 Hwy M, Edwards, MO 65326 or to Benton County Mo Hospice Services, 1238 Commercial St, Warsaw, MO 65355.