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Harold E. "Sonny" Rankin, Jr.


Service: 11:00am Fri. February 2nd, 2018
Location: Conroy Funeral Home

RANKIN, Harold E. “Sonny”, Jr., 84, of Springfield, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, January 29, 2018 in Kettering Medical Center. He was born August 18, 1933 in Springfield, Ohio the son of the late Harold E. and Gertrude (Miller) Rankin. Sonny worked as a repairman at International Harvester for 33 years. He was a United States Army Veteran, a member of the Eagles #397, Union Club and Local #402. Sonny had such a big loving heart for all living things, especially his family. His grandchildren and great grandchildren were his life and will be remembered through all the photographs and videos he took of them. He was the heart of his family and loved having his whole family together for holidays and get-togethers for the laughter and noise. He enjoyed his Wednesday garage nights with all the guys. Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Carolyn (Schwartz); four children and spouses, Jeffrey Rankin, Springfield, OH, John & Janet Rankin, Phoenix, AZ, Rhonda & John Readler, Chillicothe, OH and Julie Phillipp, Springfield, OH; eleven grandchildren, Bridget, Daniel, Breanne, Rhyan, Jennifer, Johnny, Mindy, Jimmy, Jordan, Josie and Jay; 8 great grandchildren; one sister, Rosemary & Guy Infante; sister-in-law, Darlene Rankin and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Rebecca, three siblings, Mildred Rankin, Robert Rankin and Jeanne Amato and a son-in-law Jeffrey Phillipp. Friends may call from 4:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday in the CONROY FUNERAL HOME. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday in the funeral home with Deacon Norm Horstman officiating. Burial will follow in St. Bernard Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Animal Welfare League.
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I was so very sorry to hear of Sonny's passing. I always liked him; and he was obviously a wonderful person and very loved man. I am praying for comfort for his family and friends, who will miss him so. - Terri

- Terri West, Monday February 5th, 2018

I am sorry to hear of the passing of your husband and father. I was always impressed by the way he exuded a quiet kind of strength and poise, but knowing he was very funny and kind man. Hope you are all doing well in the-understanding that this is a difficult time that we all pray the Good Lord will help you get through.. My sympathies, Tim Malone Hilliard, OH

- Tim Malone, Thursday February 1st, 2018

Carolyn so sorry for passing of Sonny my thoughts are with you and family

- Nancy Grimm, Thursday February 1st, 2018

Carolyn and family, what a sad day for all who knew Sonny. Ron has enjoyed his friendship since they were children. He will be sadly missed but not forgotten as we recall all the memories we made . We send our love and prayers.

- Ron and Shirley Thompson, Wednesday January 31st, 2018

Sonny Rankin was always my HERO. He was the "toughest guy in town" when I attended Hayward and Springfield South. He came to a lot of my basketball games and always gave me pointers. He allowed me to live in his home with my sister Carolyn when our Dad was out of town so I would not be alone. We have a lot of stories to share. I will always love and respect Sonny Rankin.

- Dr. Carlton "Sam" Schwartz, Wednesday January 31st, 2018

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