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Jeannene Rank

September 25, 2019
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Jeannene Rank, 86, passed away Monday September 23, 2019 at Iowa River Hospice, with family by her side. As she wished no formal services are planned.

Jeannnene Beverly Scott was born October 8, 1932 to Oren and Erna Scott, on a farm near Garwin. They lived in Clutier and Gladbrook before she graduated from Tama High School in 1950. Always a music lover, she played the drums in band, performed in musicals, sang in vocal chorus and competed singing solos in Girls Trio contests. After high school she worked at Kilcoin's Grocery Store and Dress Shop in downtown Tama. She moved to Council Bluffs for two years to work, and moved back. In 1955 she started working at Pioneer Seed Corn, where she worked until she retired in 1994.

In 1958 she married Don Rank. They had two children, Donelle Young and Todd Rank. They divorced in 1969.

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Jeannene Rank

In 1990 her son Todd was hurt in a car wreck and was in a coma for 31 days. After retiring, she spent the rest of her life as his caregiver.

Jeannene was always very active as a volunteer in the community. She volunteered on the Witeing Theatre Guild for years. She was the secretary at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, starting the Jr. Choir, directing contatas and concerts. She also sang in the choir and was a Sunday School teacher. She sang in the Tama County Choraliers and played the drum in the Tama County Band. She was a member of the Tama F.O.E. The Tama American Legion Auxilary was her favorite though. She was the president for 15 terms, the Tama County president, the Third District President, on different commitees at the State level. She also formed and led the Tama Junior Legion Auxilary. She also enjoyed league bowling all of her life.

Jeannene loved watch the Decorah Eagles nest cams and enjoyed frequent roadtrips to see them in person.

Left to cherish her memory are her children, Donelle Young of Montour, and Todd Rank of Toledo; her sister, Shirley (Bill) Duffy of Venice Florida; and many nieces and nehews who loved her very much. She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Verna (Vern) Funke and her companion for many years, John Nelson.

Memorials in her name my be directed to her children.

 
 
 

 

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