Stephen Gale Rankin, 61, of Mt. Vernon, died 8:55 a.m. Thursday, March 14, 2013, at Good Samaritan Regional Health Center in Mt. Vernon.
He was born Friday, Feb. 29, 1952, in Mt. Vernon, the son of Charles “Curly” W. and Virginia (Metje) Rankin. He married Debbie Joy on Aug. 14, 1976, in Mt. Vernon.
Stephen worked for and retired from the National Railway. He was a member of Bakerville Freewill Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Debbie Rankin; son, Derek Rankin and wife Mao of Panama; three daughters, Keyma Pabst and husband Daren of Atlanta, Kelsey Gauthier and husband Curtis of Great Lakes and Kenzie Rankin of Mt. Vernon; six grandchildren, Drake, Zedek and Keeley Pabst, Blakeley and Branson Rankin and Kora Gauthier; two brothers, Dr. Ron Rankin of Mt. Vernon and Gerold (Jerry) Rankin and wife Carylle of Mt. Vernon; two sisters, Rande Rankin Dishong and husband Dr. Jerry of Olney and Vickie Joseph and husband Gary of Mt. Vernon; half brother, Mick Rankin and wife Rosie of Mt. Vernon; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
In honor of Stephen's wishes, he was cremated and a memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bakerville Freewill Baptist Church in Jefferson County with the Rev. David Milburn officiating.
A greeting of family and friends will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Bakerville Freewill Baptist Church in Jefferson County.
For those wish wish, memorials may be given to the Rankin Family for the care of Kenzie (please make checks payable to Debbie Rankin) and will be accepted at the funeral home or mailed to Hughey Funeral Home, P.O. Box 721, Mt. Vernon, IL 62864.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Hughey Funeral Home where you may call 242-3348 or visit www.hugheyfuneralhome1969.com for further information and to send condolences.