01/09/14 — On Jan. 2, Roger Thomas Rankin, 87, succumbed to a nine-month battle with cancer at his home at Windsor Gardens of Georgetown. Roger was born Jan. 19, 1926, at Jerseyville on the Fayette/ Bourbon County line, the third of Guy Arlington Rankin and Alta May McKinney’s seven children. He enjoyed as first friends the Rankin-McKinney clan’s 35 first cousins who lived near his childhood home on Georgetown Road in Fayette County.
He graduated from Lafayette High School in 1944 and was drafted into WWII in 1945 to serve as a radio operator in the Aleutian Islands off Alaska after earlier rejection from enlistment as a pilot, due to poor vision.
He enrolled in the Cincinnati Bible Seminary “for a year or two”, planning to later transfer to U.K., but surrendered to the ministry after his first weekend post in Constance yielded a surprising number of converts. Always shy, for years he threw up on Saturday night because he was so nervous about preaching on Sunday. He earned a BA degree from Cincinnati Bible Seminary, an MA in religion from Earlham College and enjoyed fruitful ministries in Montpelier, Ind., Columbia, Kingsport, Tenn., Rockville, Ind., Portland, Ind. He founded Anderson Christian Church in Lawrenceburg, Eminence, Ind., and Carter County.
He was an excellent gardener, an avid reader and a ruthless card player, who would outbid any opponent at rook, including the youngest, most vulnerable grandchild.
He was a Kentucky Colonel and a member of the American Legion and the Berea Christian Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Martha June Giles of Turkeyfoot, and his brothers Guy Jr., David and Ward.
He is survived by his sisters, Mary Ann Wogmon of Portland, Ore., and Cora Sue Stark and Nancy Lou Rankin of Georgetown; his four children, Steve (Mary) of Farmington, N.M., with grandchildren, Peter, Mike, Sarah, Josh and Hannah, and great-grandchildren, Maya, Phineas, Zella, Holden, Idan, Kaya and Ollie, Debbie of Brentwood, Tenn., with grandchildren, Thomas and Brian, Jan Kennedy (Tim) of Grayson with grandson, Ryan, and Jill Henley (Phil) of Crawfordsville, Ind., with grandchildren, Karen, Kim and Jacob, and great-grandsons, Dylan and Rafe.
Visitation was Jan. 7 at the Tucker Yocum Wilson Funeral Home in Georgetown. Memorial services were at Berea Christian Church in Lexington at 11 a.m. Jan. 8. Burial followed at the Georgetown Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be grandchildren, and honorary pallbearers will be Marty Giles, Neal Riggs, Henry Sowers, Charles Wogmon, Bill Gore and Kail Ruffner.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Linlee School Garden Fund, c/o Whitaker Bank, P.O. Box 520, “Att: Washington Square”, Georgetown, KY 40324; or by credit card at http://www.crowdrise.com/rogertrankingarden/fundraiser/brianhunt1.
Online condolences may be made at www.tuckeryocumwilson.com