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Donald J. Rankin

September 12, 1941 — December 17, 2023


Donald J. Rankin, 82 of Austintown, passed away late Sunday evening, December 17th, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown following an extended illness. 

He was born September 12, 1941 in Sharon, a son of William J. and Annemarie (Burg) Rankin.

Don was a 1959 graduate of Brookfield High School.  He worked as a forklift operator for General Motors in Lordstown for 30 years, retiring in 1998.  Don also served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1960-64. 

He married the former Rosemarie Lazor on June 23, 1962.  They shared 61 years of marriage and many wonderful memories together.  She survives him.

Don was a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Austintown and American Legion Post 301. He enjoyed woodworking and was an avid gardener and outdoorsman, including hunting, fishing, and camping.

Besides his wife, Don is survived by four children; Donna J. (Jerald) Compton, of Olympia, WA, RoseAnn (James) Tufaro, of Poland, William J. (Michelle) Rankin, of Girard, and Marylynn (George) Horvat, of New Middletown.  He also leaves behind two brothers; Louie (Diane) Rankin, of Masury and Terry Rankin, of Brookfield; a sister, Glenda Kurelko, of Brookfield; six grandchildren; Stephanie, Stefan (Samantha), Matthew, Katelynn, Kristina, and Alexis; four great grandchildren; Aurora, Alice, Lucas, and Penelope; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Rusty who died in infancy, and a sister, Lynn LaCivita.

Funeral services will be held 9:00 AM Friday, December 22nd at the Lane Funeral Home Austintown Chapel, 5797 Mahoning Ave., Austintown. 

Friends may call 4-6 PM Thursday, December 21st at the funeral home. 

Don will be laid to rest in the Resurrection Cemetery in Austintown.

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