Rachel J. Rankey passed away on her 83rd birthday on Friday, April 23, 2021, at Wellbrooke of Crawfordsville.
She was born April 23, 1938, at Roachdale, to John S. and Mary Eileen (Boots) Young of Roachdale. She married William H. Rankey of St. Louis on Jan. 3, 1983. They lived in Florissant, Missouri from 1983 to 2015. They moved to Lemont, Illinois until 2017 and then moved to Crawfordsville. Rachel graduated from New Market High School in 1956, then Indiana State University in 1960.
She taught elementary school for 35 years. She was a member of the Woodland Heights Christian Church. In her retirement years she enjoyed the Kiwanis Club of Ferguson, Missouri and always enjoyed traveling, sewing, knitting, church activities and being with family and friends.
Survivors include: daughter Julie Stout of Rockville; brothers, Bill Young of Crawfordsville, Steve Young of Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Bob Young of Ladoga; grandchildren, Paige (Chris) Slepokura, Katie (Austin) Bryan, Brad Smith, Joslin Stout and Casey Stout; great-grandchildren, Chase, Remy and London; step-children, Michael Rankey and Kevin Rankey; step-grandchildren, Jessica (Dave) Rogers, Kevin Rankey, Matthew Rankey and Danielle Schmitt; and step-great-grandchildren, Griffin and Gavyn.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Bill Rankey, and son Bob Stout of Chicago.
Visitation will be at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S. Washington St., Crawfordsville, on Friday, April 30 from 11 a.m. until the time of the funeral service at 1 p.m., with Pastor Steve Wilke officiating. The service will be live-streamed and recorded which can be viewed on her obituary page at www.sandersfuneralcare.com. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery South.
Memorial donations may be made to Riley Children’s Foundation, 50 S. Meridian St., Suite 500, Indianapolis, IN 46204 or https://give.rileykids.org.
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