Gene Notes

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Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sympathy Saturday - James Rankin Sr and James Rankin Jr

It isn't often you can write about a father and son in an obituary post. They didn't die in the same year, let alone the same day. James the senior or Jamie as he was known to family died on November 4, 1942 of a coronary embolism, and it was totally unexpected. He was 66. He married Bessie Bowman, my grandmother's oldest sister.

James the junior died 25 days short of his 46th birthday. I've written about James before here and here. James, tragically, suffered a life-changing accident when he dove into the surf in California and broke his neck. He spent the rest of his life as a paraplegic. He married Amelia Schlenker, a woman who had infantile paralysis and who also was handicapped in 1945. James died on November 2, 1958 from acute hepatic insufficiency due to acute viral hepatitis. He was survived by his mother and his wife, Amelia.

Copyright 2010-2012, ACK for Gene Notes

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