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Tribute to Mike Rankin

It is with great sadness to tell you that Mike Rankin has passed away on October 21, 2011. Many of us learned of it this morning at the Ft Worth bird mart and have been in shock and sadness ever since.

Here is the arrangement information we were given by his family:

Visitation is Tuesday 6 to 8 and the Funeral is Wednesday at 10 AM. It will be held at the

Robertson Mueller Harper Funeral Home

1500 8th Avenue

Fort Worth,TX76104

Phone: (817) 924-4233

Please keep Mike's wife Ann and family in your thoughts and prayers.

NOTE: In lieu of flowers, Ann and Jennifer asked that donations be made to

Smiling Dogs Farm

PO Box 743

Wharton TX 77488

Obituary Link - Star Telegram

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18 Comments

AWBBudgies

5:49 PM on November 23, 2011 

Although I did not have the opportunity to meet Mike Rankin in person I did speak to him several times over the phone. Please except my condolences to his wife Ann and all of his family at this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.


Sincerely

Alan W Bundy

Delores Cadwell

9:51 AM on November 7, 2011 

Mike, you will defintely be missed by me and any others. Ann and Jennifer, my thoyughts and prayers go out for you in this sad time.

Sebat Caballero

10:02 PM on November 6, 2011

Accept my sincere condolence

Mario Polo

4:12 PM on November 3, 2011

May god bless him and his family and help them threw these tough times.

Chris & Jo Ann Boyle

11:27 AM on October 31, 2011 

Mike was an amazing person. He will be missed. May God Bless Mike and his famly. There is no way to fill the loss of this wonderful man.

Debbie Lownsdale

10:31 PM on October 28, 2011 

Our prayers go out to the family of Mike Rankin...he was such a diplomat of the Budgie world and I am grateful I got to know him. He was always ready to help and offer suggestions to a novice and I will always remember the "doggie rescue" conversations we had at every show...

Marsha and Ron Conley

9:47 PM on October 26, 2011

Our prayers go out to Mike's family and friends in this time of loss.

Dan and Pat Scholtes

7:35 PM on October 26, 2011

Our prayers go out to family and friends. Mike was truly a remarkable individual and our own lives have been blessed from his friendship.

Julie Willis

3:36 PM on October 25, 2011

As Alan and Virgil stated, this is really difficult. It's hard to focus on how lucky all of us were to know Mike and have him as long as we did, when all we can feel is the pain of our loss. Yet weren't we fortunate? He was always there, not just for me, but for many of us. Like Alan, Mike started calling me to "check on my birds" after my husband left. That routine continued through the Monday prior to his death. When his daily morning Verizon conference call ended, he would call me with the question "And how is everything in your world this morning?" Sometimes he found out more than he wanted to. He had a unique ability to put things in perspective. Often, we didn't agree, but we always respected each other's opinion. We never solved the problems of the world, but we had fun trying. The most important thing to him was his family, and my prayers are with them. He loved dogs as much as he loved birds, and he was very proud of the rescue organization his daughters started. He also loved BAA, and many of our conversations involved his concerns, hopes, and dreams for the organization. Getting new members started was another passion. He took mentoring seriously and was always thrilled to see club members progress and succeed. Our lives won't be quite as bright without him. Miss you Mike.

Joshua Anthony

1:44 AM on October 25, 2011 

This comes with a heavy heart and is probably the hardest post ever made by me. Mike was a true friend to many of us associated in the "Bird World". I remeber when my father passed a little over a year ago, Mike would call me to check on how my birds were doing. I actually believe that he was really checking on how I was doing. He was a mentor in one way or the other to nearly all of us and especially ones in the club. I think he was more proud when some of us new breeders won their division than he was about his own birds winning. I remember my first win as a novice and Mike being the first to shake my hand with a big grin. He was pasionate about the bird hobby and always striving for ways to improve. He will be greatly missed by my family and the organization for many years to come.

Virgil Oliphant

10:48 PM on October 24, 2011 by [email protected]

This message is hard for me as I considered Mike one of the few true friends a person could have. He cared about everyone and tried to help most of us. When I was laid off he called me every morning to make sure I was mentally OK. He Knew when I needed help and has been constantly trying to help me (bird wise) since my best birds were wiped out by a virus. On our bird trips, he was always talking about his best friend (Roy Millican) and wondering what he could do to help him. He worried about all of us. I will miss him for the rest of my life. He had a huge impact on our hobby and the BAA organization.

Joey Krueger

2:46 PM on October 24, 2011 by [email protected]

Sincere condolence's to Mike's Family , I know i will miss his help and friendly banter and ok let's get this show bench tore down and loaded up so I (mike) can get on the road.

Jim Lynch

2:33 PM on October 24, 2011

Debbie and I extend our most sincere condolences to Mike's family and friends. He was a valued friend and admired by both of us. Mike will be greatly missed.

gayvonne hayes

11:41 AM on October 24, 2011 by [email protected]

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great loss.

Rick Spier

8:40 AM on October 24, 2011 by [email protected]

Our prayers are with Mike and his family. What an amaizing guy, we will all miss you Mike.

Marilena Salmones

4:21 AM on October 24, 2011 by [email protected]

Mike, I will miss your smile at all the shows. My prayers are with your family. You will be remembered always.


Marilena Salmones

George Hollingsworth

1:04 AM on October 24, 2011

Our prays will be with Mike's family. He will be missed.

Heorge & Me Thi Hollingsworth

jim hyde

11:03 PM on October 23, 2011 by [email protected]

This is a great loss for us all. Mike was my mentor and I will miss him. When im with my birds he will always be in my thoughts. Mike was always there for me.

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