Claude A. Rankin

Claude A. Rankin, age, 77, of Jourdanton, passed away on May 18, 2023 after succumbing to complications of an illness.
Claude was born on July 23, 1945, to Orie Ray Rankin and Anna Emma Jung in San Antonio. After high school Claude joined the Navy and traveled on the USS Mars. Once his military service ended, he worked as an industrial engineer at Kelly Air Force Base until he retired.
Claude is survived by his lovely wife of 55 years, Evelyn Elaine; his daughter Bonny (Stephen) Collins; grandchildren, Jeremiah (Kandice) Collins, Brandon (Brianna) Collins, and Kimberly Collins; great grandchildren, Clyde, Liam, Remington, Jackson, and Riley; sister, Barbara (Frank) Hatch; brothers, Billy Rankin, Allen (Patty) Rankin; nieces and nephews, Emma (Davy) Allen, Michelle Hatch, Joseph Hatch, Tracy (William) Knight, Shelley (Jeremy) Phelps, Anna Rankin, Jessica (Brian) Luna; sister-in-law, Carol Rankin; great nieces and nephews, Laura Reichel, William Reichel, Michael Reichel, Brooke (Matthew) Allen, Nicole Allen, as well as many great-great nieces and nephews.
Claude was preceded by his parents Orie and Anna Rankin, and brothers, Bobby Rankin, Buddy Rankin, and Timmy Rankin.
Claude was a wonderful person; a devoted Catholic, husband, and father. He loved hunting, fishing, mowing, and farming, especially with the help of his favorite red tractor. Claude also enjoyed sharing his stories about his incredible Navy experiences and truly illustrated in the most captivating way.
Claude left a huge impression on individuals all around the world and will be deeply missed but certainly not forgotten. Although the body is temporary, his spirit thrives.
We will have a viewing for Claude at Hurley Funeral Home on Monday May 22, 2023, from 5:00 pm -7:00 pm, followed by the reciting of the rosary at 7:00 pm. Funeral mass will be celebrated Tuesday May 23, 2023, at 11:30 am at St. Matthew Catholic Church. Additional burial services will be held at St. Matthew Cemetery followed by a celebration of life at the church afterwards.