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Mr. Norman A. Rankin Sr.

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Norman A. Rankin Sr., 82, of Alamogordo, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007, in Alamogordo.
Mr. Rankin was born Dec. 8, 1924, in Waltham, Mass., to Charles and Marion (Walker) Rankin. He married Doris Irene Collins on July 18, 1948, in Wayland, Mass.
Mr. Rankin served at the Pearl Harbor Naval Base as a machinist from October 1944 through March 1946. He then worked for Ratheon Company until 1961, at which time he transferred to Sacramento Peak Observatory in Sunspot as an instrument maker.
After retiring in 1970 he worked for the Otero County Sheriff's Department and then the Otero County Assessor's Office. His favorite pastime was working on his machines down at Gary's. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Doris, of the family home; a son, Colin Rankin, of the family home; a daughter, Shelley Jones and her husband Gary, of Alamogordo; two grandsons, Brian Jones, of Phoenix, and Mark Jones, of Alamogordo; and a sister, Jeanne Koopman and her husband John, of Harwich, Mass.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a son, Norman A. Rankin Jr., in 1982.
He is loved and will be missed dearly.
Graveside services will be conducted Saturday at 10 a.m. at Monte Vista Cemetery with President Mike Rogers and Ken Eaton officiating.
Pallbearers will be Brian Jones, Mark Jones, David Rankin, Gary Chamberlain, Mike Guy and Paul Houston. Honorary pallbearers will be Eddie Landers, Bonard Batte, Keith Mauldin, Billy Mahon and Gary Jones.
Friends may call this evening from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home.
To sign the online guest book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Oct. 11 to Oct. 26, 2007
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