Rank, George A.
On May 30th, 2014, an amazing man was called home. George A. Rank died unexpectedly of natural causes. There are not enough words to possibly cover the extraordinary person he was. George was born on August 13th, 1939, in Green Bay to Alfred and Theresa (Trybul) Rank. He attended Howe Elementary School and, at age 12, the family moved to Kelly Lake. George graduated from Oconto Falls High School in the class of 1957.
George's father, Alfred Rank, opened the iconic Al's Hamburger Shop at 131 S. Washington Street in 1934. Ironically, George met his future wife, Judy Raleigh, at Al's. The place where they first met would become their life-long legacy. George and Judy were married April 23rd, 1960, that same year they took over the restaurant. The couple had five wonderful children who all worked at Al's. Judy and George celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary in April of 2010. Judy preceded him in death March 10, 2012.
George was a member in good standing of the Moose Lodge Chapter 801 for 35 years, obtaining the title of Legionnaire. He was also a member of the Rod & Gun Club serving as President for several years.
George created The Green Bay Fun Club. His first trip ran April 22, 1976, to Nashville, TN. A lot of fun memories and good friendships were made on these trips. It wasn't called the Green Bay Fun Club for nothing.
George loved hearing and telling a good joke (Often Tasteless). He played a mean game of cribbage. George loved people, telling stories, a good pickled egg, and traveling. He enjoyed classic country music and often played polka music on a Sunday morning at Al's.
He is survived by five children, Steven Rank, and his sons, Trevor, Andy and Ryan; Perry Rank, and his children, Michelle, Dallas and Autumn; Angela (Tony) Kahler, and their sons, Daniel and Michael; Paula (Paul) Kuske, and their daughters, Taylor and Morgan; Jennifer Rank, and her sons, Jack and Frank. He is also survived by a sister, Winnifred Ankebrandt; a brother, Daniel Montague; a brother-in-law and three sisters-in-law, Wayne and Carol Raleigh, Sandra Jussila and Anita Raleigh.
He was also preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Theresa Rank; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Frances Raleigh; three brothers-in-law, Wally Ankebrandt, David Jussila, and Ronald Raleigh; three sisters-in-law, Carol Montague, Karen O'Donnell, and Darlene De Bauche.
Friends may call from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St. The family will lead a service at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The Celebration of George's Life will continue at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Rite Place. Please come casually dressed with a story to share. To send on-line condolences, visit www.prokowall.com.
Dad, thanks for giving us your sense of humor, generous spirit, and sense of adventure. We Love You Dad! See ya in heaven! Give Mom a hug from us.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from June 1 to June 7, 2014
Proko Wall Funeral Home
1630 East Mason Street Green Bay, WI 54302