Lewis Michael Rankin, Age: 65
Jun 29, 1953 -- Jan 3, 2019




If there ever was a reason to burst out in laughter, it was from the never ending jokes of Lewis Michael Rankin. Mike passed away on the night of January 3rd, 2019, at the age of 65. Born on June 29, 1953, Mike was a precious gift to parents Lewis Crawford Rankin and Constance Back Rankin. An older brother to Julie Rankin Daigneault, the family four was never shy of jokes, neighborhood friends and, above all, love. As the family grew and years melted into milestones, Mike married Shelley Reusser Rankin. The couple brought son Kory Rankin (now 30) and daughter Kelsey Anne Rankin (now 27) into this world, starting a life long journey that brought an unyielding joy to Mike.


Mike was the type of man to bring a case of beer (or three) to any occasion, treating family and friends to a good time with his life of the party personality. In his home, he gave his children the life lessons they needed to be the strong and successful individuals they have become today. Whether you are his brother from another mother, his baby sis-yuk, his Scooter, his baby boy, or merely a stranger passing on the street, Mike would always find a way to share with you a smile, a story and, above all, his unrelenting love and joy for laughter and life.


Mike touched the lives of too many to note here, however, his love for each and every one of his friends and family members shines through the somberness of his loss. Here’s to you, Mike.


Lewis Michael Rankin is survived by mother of his children Shelley, son Kory and daughter-in-law Jackie, daughter Kelsey, sister Julie and brother-in-law Mark, and stepmother Elaine.



Adrien and Todd Blanchard Jan 07 ,2019

Friends/old neighbors ,Port Orange ,Florida

We are so sorry to hear of Mike’s passing. He was a wonderful man. Always made us laugh and was full of stories! We will remember him fondly in our hearts. Thinking of you all right now. He will be missed but I will always smile when I think of Mike. He will always be my neighbor across the street; upbeat and smiling. Love to you all! I cherish the memories as I know you all do.

Mike Fitzgerald Jan 08 ,2019

Coworker ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Mike for a few years and he was always there to put a smile on everybody's face. He was truly there to help whenever you needed anything. I will never forget how positive he was. He was a joy to be around and will be missed.

Terri Bogina Jan 09 ,2019

Friend ,Shawnee ,Kansas

I had not seen Mike in many years but he played a special part in my teenage years and he was a great guy. My condolences to all of your family.

Steve Stock Jan 09 ,2019

Friend ,Gravois Mills ,Missouri

Dear Shelley and family, So sorry to read of Mike’s passing. Mike and I shared some great memories and fun times living next to each other as kids in Merriam, along with weekends at the Lake of the Ozarks. We had many good laughs together over the years! He was a great guy. Blessings and peace to you in this difficult time. Sincerely, Steve Stock

Neal Dunker Jan 10 ,2019

Friend & Coworker ,Mission ,Kansas

I worked with Mike for several years. He was always happy and had a joke ready for any occasion. He could put anyone in a great mood and all of us that worked with him still quote some of his best lines. He spoke about his son and daughter often - he was so proud of you both and he loved you very much! All of our lives are better for having known Mike.

Ronda Johnson Jan 10 ,2019

Friend ,Golden ,Colorado

Thinking of you all at this hard time. Peace and comfort to you. Love.

Anita Shaver Jan 10 ,2019

Friend of family ,Centennial ,Colorado

I did not have the chance to spend a lot of time with Mike but I really enjoyed the time I did. Just as the memorial mentions- Mike was a lot of fun to be around! I wish I had more opportunity to spend time with him in years past. I know his loss is unmeasurable to his family and my heart and prayers go out to all of you.

Chris Nickelson Jan 10 ,2019

Friend ,Leavenworth ,Kansas

Working with Mike was always a pleasure. His ability to cheer up ANYONE was amazing. Truly a special human being. My family will miss him deeply. Very sorry for your loss.