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William Joe Rankin

December 9, 1962 — September 21, 2020

William “Bill” Joe Rankin, age 57 of Frankfort, passed away September 21, 2020 at Norton Hospital in Louisville.

Born December 9, 1962 in Elkhart Indiana, Bill was the son of Roy and Joan Rankin. He grew up in Pendleton Indiana where he developed a love for hunting, fishing, and music. He attended college at Ball State where he played football.

Even though Bill was an only child, he had many brothers from friendships he developed through out his life.
In 2001 he met the love of his life, Devona. They were married in 2007 and Bill became a step-dad to Devona’s children Destiny and TJ and a granddaddy to Destiny’s daughter Haley.
In 2008 Bill became Daddy Bill to his furbaby Josie.

Not too long after, he became a father-in-law to TJ’s wife Jennifer and Destiny’s husband Scott. His heart grew three more sizes in the years to come as a Granddaddy to Sophia, Layton and Tinley.

Bill and Devona loved to take trips, go on day dates and go brigging around the town.
If Bill wasn’t working or cruising the town with his bride, you would find him on a hunting or fishing trip.
Bill was loved by many and will be missed by all. He was an Ink Chemist for Toyo Ink America.

Survivors are his wife: Devona Rankin of Frankfort; his mother: Joan Rankin of New Castle; step-son: T.J. Kelley (Jennifer) of Eminence; step-daughter: Destiny Pettit (Scott) of Campbellsburg; and four grandchildren: Haley Arington, Sophia Kelley and Layton and Tinley Pettit. He is preceded in death by this father, Roy D. Rankin.

Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, September 26, 2020, at Sholar Funeral Home of Pleasureville. Rev. Joey Woods will officiate. Visitation will be from 12 noon until time of services on Saturday.

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