November 3, 1967 – August 9, 2019
Larry Dean Rankin, 51, of Derby, Kansas, passed away on August 9, 2019, at home surrounded by his family. Larry was born Nov. 3, 1967 in San Diego, son of the late Larry Gene, and Mae Elaine (Koski) Rankin. Larry, a 1986 graduate of Stillwater High School, where he met his wife Denise, earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in journalism, public relations from Oklahoma State in 1992. While at OSU he worked in the athletic media relations office, publicizing the national championship wrestling team, the Sweet 16 women’s basketball team, and was the photo editor for the book, OSU: History-Making Basketball. Following graduation, he and Denise were married June 27, 1992 in First Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Emilyn Ott. Soon after, Larry and Denise’s work took them to Derby, KS where Larry started in the Wichita State Office of Athletic Media Relations as an assistant and moved into a role as assistant AD for athletic media relations. He served the University for 26 years. While at WSU he was responsible for media relations for WSU’s 15 Division I sports. He also was the media relations director for the 1996 College World Series baseball team, the 2011 NIT men’s basketball team and the 2013 Final Four basketball team. Larry also oversaw the media campaign surrounding Roundhouse Renaissance, the $25 million campaign to reconstruct Levitt Arena. Larry enjoyed the work he did over the years, and is thankful for the friends and colleagues he met along the way.
He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Gene, and grandmothers, Lillian Showalter and Toini Myllykangas Koski. Larry is survived by his wife, Denise; daughter, Bailey; sons, Garrett and Wyatt. He is also survived by his mother, Mae Rankin of Edmond, OK; in-laws, Dennis and Billie Silvers of Derby, KS; sister, Dawn (Jason) Freeman of Edmond, OK; sister-in-law, Allison (Derek) Beller of Verdigris, OK; nieces and nephews, Abby Beller, Avery Freeman, Gavin Freeman, Lily Beller, Zavier Freeman, and Sawyer Beller; and many other family and friends.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 14, from 5-7 pm, and funeral service on Thursday, August 15, at 10:00 am, both at Resthaven Mortuary.
Memorials may be made to Camp Kesem and Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice for the care and support shown to the family during these times.
- Denise Rankin, Wife
- Garrett Rankin, Son
- Bailey Rankin, Daughter
- Wyatt Rankin, Son
- Mae Rankin, Mother
- Dawn Freeman, Sister
- Jason Freeman, Brother-in-law
- Avery Freeman, Niece
- Gavin Freeman, Nephew
- Zavier Freeman, Nephew
- Dennis Silvers, Father-in-law
- Billie Silvers, Mother-in-law
- Allison Beller, Sister-in-law
- Derek Beller, Brother-in-law
- Abby Beller, Niece
- Lily Beller, Niece
- Sawyer Beller, Nephew
- Larry Gene Rankin, Father (deceased)
- Larry also leaves behind many other family members and friends to cherish his memory.
- Garrett Rankin, Honorary Casket Bearer
- Wyatt Rankin, Honorary Casket Bearer
- Mike Ross, Honorary Casket Bearer
- Jordan Korphage, Honorary Casket Bearer
- Steve Egan, Honorary Casket Bearer
- Chris Deal, Honorary Casket Bearer
- Camp Kesem
Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice
313 South Market Street, Wichita, Kansas 67202
- Visitation Wednesday, August 14, 2019
- Funeral Service Thursday, August 15, 2019
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August 19, 2019
Denise and Family,
I'm sorry for your loss of, Larry. Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. There is so little one can say at a time like this. Prayers for comfort and peace.
August 15, 2019
I felt very fortunate today to be able to celebrate the life of Larry. His life was understated today tho, because he was much bigger than that. Larry and I got to know each other thru our time at OSU Sports Info. We spent many hours together working on our respective sports and that included many late nights in trying to meet printing deadlines. I learned many things very quickly about Larry. He was in love w/his girlfriend, Denise, at the time. He loved his mother. He would hurt folks who hurt his little sister. He was a very passionate family man then. That obviously translated to him being a terrifically passionate family man as he grew older. A funny thing about Larry was, although he knew SO much about SO many sports, back then he didn't know, and didn't care to know, much about baseball. At any level. Our boss and assistant boss knew this and would quiz Larry about his lack of baseball knowledge just to kid him. They asked questions like 'what is the higher league in baseball, Triple A or Single A?' Larry guessed Single A. When the Florida Marlins became a MLB franchise, they asked him 'what was their mascot' and Larry answered 'Panthers?' Wrong. They loved to poke baseball fun at him but he was always a great sport. The ironic thing about this, was he later was father to two REALLY good baseball player sons and had to even coach these little guys. How could a guy coach several young fellas on the game that he knew so little about? Lol! Larry figured it out. Larry was determined and even more determined to take care of his family. Larry was a CLASS act. The highest class any human could be.
August 14, 2019
It’s been many years since I’ve had the chance to visit with Larry. My mom and his were friends in high school, so we saw them a handful of times when we were young. My sister and I were at his wedding to Denise. What I remember was that he always put others first. Now, I might call him a Southern gentleman. Kind and courteous and a servant leader. Not many around like him anymore. God’s blessings on his memory and peace to his family.
August 12, 2019
Sure going to miss my cousin Larry. I have attached one of my favorite pictures of Larry, Teresa and I having fun in the little pool. I believe that’s Uncle Larry Gene Rankin squirting water.❤️😢