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Marvin Rankin Jr. Obituary
Marvin Rankin Jr., 87, a devoted husband, father, grandfather and Christian, passed away Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Fort Worth. Memorial service: 10 a.m. Friday at Northwest Church of Christ, 6059 Azle Ave., Fort Worth. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Northwest Church of Christ Foyer remodel. He was a salesman for Texas Electric, fishing guide at Lake Falcon and the owner of several patents. The most recognizable invention being the "Thumb Bar" used on the bait-casting reel, in which royalties were never received. Like many inventors he fought many years of his life for recognition and compensation for inventing and patenting something enjoyed by thousands of fishermen to this day. Ray Scott, founder of Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, wrote to Marvin, "I salute you for your dedication, your engineering expertise and for your early insight to designing a bait-casting reel with a thumb bar. You are indeed a pioneer in our sport and it is anglers like you who helped make bass fishing the leading sport it is today. When any angler picks up his rod and thumb bar reel he should say a 'thank you' to Marvin Rankin." Survivors: Daughter, Glenda Dean; son, Kirk Rankin and wife, Cindy; grandchildren, Nolan, Forest and Tyler; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Published in Star-Telegram on Apr. 10, 2013
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