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If there are any readers from the old SEK chatter around 

Pitts IP  passed away

Philip (Phil) John Rankin, 70, of Garfield, Arkansas passed away September 5th, 2022 surrounded by family.

He and I enjoyed many a heated political confrontation and were good friends He will be missed 

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Philip (Phil) John Rankin, 70, of Garfield, Arkansas passed away September 5th, 2022 surrounded by family.

He was born March 28th, 1952 in Wichita, Kansas, the son of the late Melvin Rankin and G. Nadine Rankin-Bennefeld. He was an only child. He married the love of his life, Debra (Debi) Southard Rankin on June 15th, 1974, who survives of the home.

He is a class of 1970 graduate from Girard High School. Upon his marriage to Debi in 1974, they moved to Topeka, KS and then to Memphis, TN, where he was involved in new home construction. In 1979, they returned to southeast Kansas and began a two-way radio communication business that evolved over the years as the technologies advanced. He owned and operated this business for over 40 years. In 2020, he retired at their lake home in Garfield, AR where he enjoyed the scenic view of Beaver Lake.

Phil enjoyed various hobbies and had numerous talents. He was a talented musician who played the guitar and banjo for over thirty years in the John Yoger Polka Band along with sitting in on occasion with other local musical groups. He held a private pilot’s license that he received in the mid-70’s and loved to fly. His passion for fast cars was strong. If you could drive it fast, he was interested. He was a member of several different car clubs over the years where he did everything from autocross racing on controlled courses to cross country cruising with fellow Corvette enthusiasts. He received his Ham Radio license at the age of nine and continued his love for over the air communication until his death. He loved visiting with other “hams” from all over the world. His greatest activity of all was spending time with his grand-daughters, Kaitlin and Kinley. He was their biggest fan and cheered them on during gymnastics meets, basketball games, academic accomplishments and more.

He is survived by his daughter Abbi and her husband Jim Sinclair, grand-daughters Kaitlin and Kinley Sinclair of Webb City, MO; brothers-in-law Mike (Tammie) Southard and Jeff (Cindy) Southard of Girard, KS, nephews Jeromy (Rachel) Southard and Jason (Katie) Southard, both of Pittsburg. Nieces, Jennifer Morris of Frontenac and Whitney (Colbie) Snyder of Pittsburg, nine great-nieces and nephews and several close family friends

Funeral services will be held at Bedene Funeral Home in Arma, KS on Saturday, September 10th at 10:00 a.m. with graveside services to be held following the service at Girard Cemetery. There will be a visitation at Bedene Funeral Home on Friday, September 9th from 6-7 pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Southeast Kansas Humane Society. Donations may be left at Bedene Funeral home.

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