Karen Kuchan Rankin

June 3, 1951September 14, 2020

Karen Kuchan Rankin, 69, of Kansas City, MO passed away Monday, September 14, 2020. A memorial visitation will be held the evening of Wednesday, September 23, 2020 from 6pm-8pm at the McGilley Antioch Chapel, 3325 NE Vivion Road, Kansas City, MO 64119.

Karen was born on June 3, 1951 in Des Moines, IA to parents Rudolph and Mildred Kuchan. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Kansas. She was an elementary school teacher in Iowa and was employed by Kansas City Public Television for 36 years before her retirement in February of 2020. She was proud member of Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. In her Alpha Gamma Master Chapter Karen found many lasting friends and wonderful memories. She enjoyed her quilting retreats and scrapbooking conferences.

She is survived by her mother; her husband of 46 years, George Rankin; sons, Edward (Debby), Jeremy(Tonya) Rankin, and grandson, London; and brother, Gary Kuchan.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Karen’s memory may be made to the ASPCA or the American Diabetes Association .


  • Mildred Kuchan, Mother
  • George Rankin, Husband
  • Edward (Debby) Rankin, Son
  • Jeremy (Tonya) Rankin, Son
  • London Rankin, Grandson
  • Gary Kuchan, Brother

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  • American Diabetes Association


  • Memorial Visitation

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020


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Angee Simmons

September 21, 2020

Karen was one of my dearest friends. She had the most wonderful sense of humor and quick wit. Whether chatting about our kids & grandkids or something funny we’d seen in the news, there was never a day that she didn’t bring laughter. Karen was a confidant, incredible listener and shoulder during tough times. She knew just the right thing to say at the right time. She was incredibly creative and we shared a love of quilting and fabric hoarding. Most of all she was just a great person. She was honest, caring and thoughtful. I was lucky enough to get to see her 5 days a week for 25 years and I’m so thankful for that time. Words cannot say enough how much I will miss her and there will forever be a special place in my heart for her. For George and her boys, my heart breaks for you to have lost such an amazing wife, mother and grandmother. My prayers, thoughts and most deepest condolences for your loss. Love, Angee (Dave, Flannery and Finn) Simmons

Jim Kanki

September 18, 2020

I had the pleasure of working with Karen for well over 20 years at KCPT. Her dedication and work ethic were unmatched and her ability to develop relationships with the volunteer force led to years of successes. Many of those same volunteers can be seen helping at the station even today. She leaves a legacy not just at KCPT but at PBS stations across the country. She was a super person and will be greatly missed.

Lee Allen

September 16, 2020

I am so sorry for the family's loss of Karen. I worked with her at KCPT back in the early days and always enjoyed her sense of humor and hard work. She left a life's service of work to the public broadcasting community and to the community of Missouri and Kansas. RIP, Karen.

Maxine Howard

September 16, 2020

Karen was my closest friend. We shared sorority, work, scrapbooking, quilting, family secrets and just good old gossip. I will miss her. Prayers to George and the boys who also have lots of memories of a wonderful, wife and mother. Maxine


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