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The Telegram
  • Ivan F. Rankins, Jr.

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  • POLAND — Ivan F. Rankins, Jr., went to rest peacefully on March 3, 2014, at Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare, New Hartford.
    Ivan was born on February 12, 1964, in Ilion, a son of Nioga (Dyn) Rankins of San Diego, CA, and the late Ivan F. Rankins, Sr. He graduated from Richfield Springs Central School and furthered his education at HCCC. On August 22, 1998, he was united in marriage with the former Deidra J. Luther at St. Ann's Church, Whitesboro. Ivan was previously employed at Partlow Corp., New Hartford. He was currently working for New Hartford Central School District, where he served as Network Administrator for the past 14 years.
    Ivan was a devoted husband and father and enjoyed all outdoor activities with his wife and sons. He was currently serving as Scoutmaster of BSA Troop 20 in Poland. He loved working with and building things with his hands. He built his own home and also enjoyed wood working, which he learned from his Grampa Rankins. His brother-in-law, Mark, affectionately nicknamed him “McGivan” as he could fix anything.
    Ivan was well-known for his beautiful smile and willingness to help anyone in need. He was everyone's hero. Ivan took great pride in everything he did. It had to be done right. A lot of his abilities came from his upbringing on the Dyn farm and the care and compassion his Aunt Sabrina, Uncle Pete and Kenny showed him.
    Survivors besides his wife, Deidra, and mother, Nioga, include his two sons, Russell and Garrett Rankins, both at home; his brother, Lee Rankins, of San Diego, CA; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He also leaves his father-in-law, Edward Luther, of Gray; and the entire Luther family. In addition to his father, he was predeceased by grandparents and his mother-in-law, Mary Luther.
    A memorial service will be held at the Community Baptist Church of Poland on Monday evening at 6:00 p.m. with Pastor Mark Sellers officiating. Calling hours at the Autenrith Funeral Home, 7479 Main Street, Newport, are Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. Spring interment will take place in Fairview Cemetery, Town of Norway.
    In lieu of flowers, please consider memorials to the American Heart Association or BSA Troop 20 for the benefit of summer camp sponsorships. Envelopes are available at the funeral home for both.
    Online tributes at www.autenrithfuneral.com.

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