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Terence Rank, of Lakewood, met his "expiration date" on Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Langlade Hospital. He was 58 years old. He was born on June 13, 1955, in Antigo, a son of Donald and Dorothy (Hayek) Rank. He married Kathleen Connaher on June 7, 1975, at St. Ambrose Episcopal Church in Antigo. She survives.
He was a graduate of Antigo High School with the class of 1973.
After high school he worked in Antigo as manager at Lee's Supervalu Store. In 1985, he moved to Lakewood, where he purchased the Lakewood Supervalu, a store he operated to this day. During his tenure in Lakewood he built new stores on two occasions to provide larger shopping facilities. In 2001, his daughter Erin and her husband, Dave joined him as partners. He was a member of the Wisconsin Grocers Association and in 2002 was awarded the WGA Grocer of the year.
Terry was a member of St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church, where he held a position on the parish council, served Mass with his grandson, Matt and assisted with the annual church picnic. He was a 28 year member of the Lakewood Volunteer Fire Department Association and assisted annually in their Labor Day picnic and was currently serving on the Laona State Bank board of directors. He was a member of the Lakewood Area Chamber of Commerce, served as president from 1985 - 1995 and helped organize the Chamber Mardi Gras Festival for the past 20 years. In 2005, he was the recipient of the Melvin Jones award given by the McCaslin Lions Club in recognition of his service to his community.
He was a member of the McCauslin men's golf league, the MBAGA, and the Wabeno men's bowling league. He was a founding member and contributor to the Lakewood Scholarship Foundation and served as the Northern Oconto County Salvation Army representative.
He enjoyed fishing trips with his brothers and friends, winter trips to Sint Maarten Island with his wife, riding motorcycle, pontoon rides on the lake, canoeing and time spent with grandchildren.
Survivors including his wife are two daughters, Erin (Dave) Seeber, Lakewood; Kittrick (Tony) Bley, Green Bay; four grandchildren, Matthew and Adam Seeber, Delainey Rice, Liam Bley; two sisters, Mary (Leslie) Rasmussen, Antigo, Angie (James) Buckley, Antigo; two brothers, Peter Rank, Hatley; Patrick (Maria) Rank, Madison; a sister-in-law, Sandy Rank, Gillett; a brother-in-law, Gary Connaher, Wausau; nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Ryan in infancy; a brother, Dennis Rank; father and mother-in-law, Ken and Ethel Connaher.
A funeral Mass was held on Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's of the Lake Catholic Church, Lakewood with Rev. Benjamin Sember officiating. Visitation was 3 - 7 p.m. on Thursday at the church and 9 a.m. until the time of services on Friday at the church. A parish wake service was held at 7 p.m. Thursday at church.
Terry's family would like to recognize those he considered his adopted parents, Ernie Brooks, Vic Piontek and Percy Knaub as well as the many friends who influenced his life.
The family encourages gifts of remembrance to be made to the donors local fire department, rescue squad or favorite charity in Terry's name.
Bradley Funeral Home in Antigo, assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences at www.bradleyfh.com.
Bradley Funeral Home
1550 Neva Road Antigo, WI 54409
Published in Oconto County Reporter on Nov. 13, 2013