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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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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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