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Please pray for the family of Bill Rankin 
20th-Jan-2007 10:09 pm
> For those who knew Bill & Carmen and their family (Erin, Bekah, Auggie, Sarah), Praise God for
> Bill's life and for strength and comfort for his family.
> RANKIN William James Rankin, 52, of Columbus, died Thursday, January 11, 2007 in
> Santa Fe, NM. Preceded in death by father John Henry Rankin, sister-in-law Jean
> Rankin, brother-in-law Clint Bratcher. Survived by wife, Carmen (Manalac)
> Rankin; children, Erin (Chad) Flanagan, Rebekah (Jeff Aulet) Rankin, Augustine
> Rankin, Sarah Rankin; mother, Jean A. (Bernert) Rankin; brothers and sisters,
> Kathy (Tim) Sweeney, John Rankin, Mike (Elaine) Rankin, Mary (Charlie) Stewart,
> Patti Bratcher, Beth (Bill) Simpson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dr.
> Fernando and Daneen Manalac; brothers-in-law, Steve (Michele) Manalac and
> Freddie Manalac; sisters-in-law, Lynne (Perry) Stanley and Mimi (Mitch)
> Goldstein; many special nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He graduated
> from Catholic Central High School in Steubenville and played on the 1971 State
> Championship Football Team. Received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Ohio State
> University. His passions were his loving wife, children, family, friends, the
> outdoors, his art and music especially The Beatles. Funeral Service 8 p.m.
> Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at RUTHERFORD FUNERAL HOME, 2383 North High Street,
> Columbus where friends may call from 1:30-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday prior to the
> service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Rankin
> Family Fund c/o 5th3rd Bank-Clintonville, 3580 N. High St., Columbus, Oh. 43214
> or a charity of your choice in memory of William J. Rankin. He touched the lives
> of everyone he knew.
> Published in The Columbus Dispatch from 1/13/2007 - 1/16/2007.

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22nd-Jan-2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
For those of us who are not familiar with Columbus, can you give us some background information about who Bill was?
23rd-Jan-2007 12:41 am (UTC) - Bill Rankin
hdchris (hdchris) replied:
> For those of us who are not familiar with Columbus, can you give us some
> background information about who Bill was?

Bill was a smiling, toothy, tall, utterly transparent and sincere brother in Christ. He was a guy's guy, who had a keen eye for when to be loud and fun and when to appreciate silence. He brought a lot of people to the Lord, and raised a great family. I thought for sure Jim Bouldin and Kenny Knapp would want to know about his passing, since Jim's e-mails bounced and I didn't have a contact for Kenny. Since in the early 80s everyone at the summer conferences seemed to know and love him, I thought there may be others who would want to remember him and give God thanks that he was faithful to the end, and will be in heaven waiting when we end our own time here.

Forgive the UBF lingo, Bill was my shepherd. I met him one January afternoon in 1981 on West Campus at OSU; I had a blue button on my coat that my fellowship in High School had given me that said "Jesus is Lord". In those days all the freshman were herded out to "West Campus" a half mile west of regular campus (to keep them away from the bars?), and there a massive bus corral to get them to and from the dorms. It was often a crush as hundreds of people at the same time were trying to get off buses and get to class, and everyone else trying to get on buses to get back to main campus. I was the only person from my high school among 50000 students, starting without orientation on an off-quarter, and only a couple weeks in Ohio, acutely homesick and disoriented. I felt a friendly slap on the shoulder and a big tall older (than 18! In fact he was early 20s)guy, with a big toothy grin, said "I like your badge, man!" and got on the bus with me. We sat in back and he told me about a Bible study and that was my introduction to UBF.

Back in the early 80s, everyone at the summer and Easter conferences knew Bill so I thought if there were anyone of that era reading, they would be glad to know that it was possible to be in UBF and retain integrity, neither controlling nor controlled. I left long ago, but in contrast with what I saw at Chicago and Madison, most of the folk at Columbus came through ok, at tleast from what I saw at the funeral. Bill and Carmen were always themselves, no Konglish, no threats, no slanders, just prayer and concern and I am very grateful to God for having them in my lives. UBF, I could have done without, but am glad for the people and the prayer. Bill demonstrates that it is possible to emerge from UBF joyful and cleansed from bitterness. Being reimmersed in those days myself since his passing, and reading things this last week, I was taken by surprise at the depth of bitterness and unhealed hurt both here on the boards and also in my own heart. I look to Bill's smiling life as a model and pray I can turn from my own judgmentalness and pray for grace for all of us to receive and offer healing and mercy at the hand of the Lord.
24th-Jan-2007 06:08 pm (UTC) - Bill Rankin
Kenny did hear about his passing and was able to attend the viewing. I was never in his fellowship group, but my best friend was, and she has a lot of respect for him. He was a rarity in that if you confided a secret to him, it stayed with him. No "discussing" it in the shepherds' meeting or prayer meeting. He had left UBF/LHF by the early 90s, disenchanted with it.
31st-Jan-2007 10:43 pm (UTC)
I am really sad to hear of this. Many thanks to Euphonius for posting.

He and his wife Carmen were two of the very first members (maybe the first?) of the
Columbus UBF. They had been on the verge of moving to Arizona in 1979, where one of
Bill's brothers had a construction job lined up for him, when he was approached by Peter
Chang and challenged to study the Bible, which precipitated a huge internal dilemma for him. He decided
to stay in Columbus for Bible study, a decision which changed the course of his life. He
was, at least until 1986, and assumedly beyond, one of the American leaders of the
Columbus chapter. Sometime in the mid 1980s he and Carmen attempted to start a new
chapter in Indianapolis, which didn't work out. They were there for maybe a year or so
before returning to Columbus. His graduation from OSU with a bachelor's degree was a big achievement and source of pride for him.

Although very little of my experience in UBF was positive, my interaction with Bill was
generally an exception. We were in the Columbus chapter from 1980 to 1986, before I
left. Had we not both been involved in that fiasco, we'd probably have been good
friends, as we had several common interests and outlooks on life, including sports,
music, the outdoors, dogs, curiosity about life's meaning. He was just a really good
guy, simple and down to earth; I would love to have known him before UBF when his full
personality would have been on display. I well remember our weightlifting sessions in
the basement of his house in early UBF days, and work together on various construction
projects--Bill was very strong and could outwork a draft horse. And he had a certain
zaniness to him, like when he'd be driving along and all of sudden would fake a hard
turn, as if trying to avoid a collision, by frantically sliding his hands along the
steering wheel in a cross-over motion, but without actually grabbing it. He could
imitate a squirrel's call to perfection, no doubt the result of spending many a day in the woods before UBF days. His signature greeting was "Hawya doin?", usually with a big handshake.

I never remember him saying that he was a member of the Ohio high school state
championship football team in 1971, or that he had any love for the Beatles. But then,
few of the really interesting things of one's life and personality were ever discussed
in the personality steamroller that was UBF.

I am glad to hear that he was not badly affected by his UBF experience. Is the cause of death known?

Jim Bouldin
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