Mrs. Rachel J. Rankey passed away on her 83rd birthday on Friday, April 23, 2021 at Wellbrooke of Crawfordsville.
She was born in Roachdale, Ind. on April 23, 1938 to John S. and Mary Eileen (Boots) Young of Roachdale.
Mrs. Rankey married William H. Rankey of St. Louis on Jan. 3, 1983. They lived in Florissant, Mo. from 1983 to 2015. They moved to Lemont, Ill. until 2017 and then moved to Crawfordsville. She 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, Mo. and always enjoyed traveling, sewing, knitting, church activities and being with family and friends.
Survivors include her daughter, Julie Stout of Rockville; brothers, Bill Young of Crawfordsville, Steve Young of Cape Canaveral, Fla. and Bob Young of Ladoga; grandchildren, Paige Slepokura (Chris), Katie Bryan (Austin), Brad Smith, Joslin Stout and Casey Stout; great-grandchildren, Chase, Remy and London; step-children, Michael Rankey and Kevin Rankey; step-grandchildren, Jessica Rogers (Dave), Kevin Rankey, Matthew Rankey and Danielle Schmitt; and step-great-grandchildren, Griffin and Gavyn.
In addition to her parents, John and Mary Young, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Rankey; and her son, Bob Stout of Chicago, Ill.
Visitation will be at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S Washington St, in Crawfordsville on Friday, April 30, 2021 from 11 a.m. till 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 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
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