David M. Rankin, MD
October 23, 1936 – May 7, 2020
David Myren Rankin, MD, passed away in his home, surrounded by his wife and many children, on May 7, 2020, at age 83. He will be remembered not only as a doctor, but as a friend, an avid golfer, a voracious reader, a traveler, an amateur horticulturalist, and a faithful Catholic. Most of all, he was a much beloved husband, father of eight, and grandfather of 25.
Born October 23, 1936, to William and Anna Rankin of Chicago, Illinois, David was raised with his older brother William (Bill) in North Omaha. Dave attended Holy Name Church, Cathedral High School, and later, Creighton University and Creighton Medical School. It was during his medical training that he first met the woman who would become his wife, and who he always thought of as his nurse in the white cap, Mary Lynne Powers. The two were married on May 12, 1962, and soon after welcomed their first child, Patricia Lynne, and draft papers.
Dave was commissioned a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps, and spent a year serving as a radiologist in Vietnam, with the 7th Mobile Surgical Hospital. While overseas, his second child, David Christopher was born. After his return, the family spent a short time at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas while Dave completed his military service.
After his return to Omaha, he joined Radiology Consultants, and began his civilian medical career in earnest. More children followed: Susan Marie, Paul Edward, John William, Thomas Joseph, Andrew Michael, and Theresa Ann.
Dave was happiest when busy, and he gave every role in his life — as a doctor, as a husband, and as a father — all of his energy. He worked to help bring CAT Scan and Magnetic Resonance Imaging technology to Omaha. He turned a bare backyard into a tree-filled, flowering garden. He fished, and golfed. He took his wife and kids around the country, helped with homework, and taught them all how to waterski.
After his retirement from medicine, his focus was his wife, Mary Lynne, his children, and his growing number of grandchildren, who he adored. He enjoyed spending time with his friends from the medical world, as well as his former neighbors from Leawood Drive and St. Robert’s parish. If you knew him, you know how much he will be missed.
Dave is survived by his wife, Mary Lynne (Powers); children: Patricia Henrichsen (Steve) of Lincoln, NE; David Rankin (Amy) of Manhattan, KS; Susan Pepino (John) of Lincoln, NE; Paul Rankin (Sara) of Lincoln, NE; John Rankin (Heidi) of Omaha, NE; Thomas Rankin, MD, (Beth) of Omaha, NE; Andrew Rankin (Wendy) of Fort Collins, CO; and Theresa Rogers (Tim) of Carol Stream, IL; 25 grandchildren; nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents William and Anna (Myren) Rankin of Omaha, NE, and his brother William Rankin (Gwen) of Omaha, NE.
VISITATION following CDC guidelines: Monday, May 11th from 4pm to 7pm, at the West Center Chapel followed by Family VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.
Family MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, May 12th, 10:30am, St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church. INTERMENT: Calvary Cemetery.
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