I would like to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of the people associated with Manhattan Harbor. My husband Ken Rankle passed away January, 21st after battling cancer for fifteen months. After his death, Mark Stark and Bob Kreiling of Manhattan Harbor extended the generous and gracious offer of providing Manhattan Harbor as the venue for Ken’s Memorial Celebration. They also provided refreshments.
During what was a very difficult time it was such a relief to have their help. Gary “Turtle” Day worked hard to make sure that the parking lot and surrounding space looked inviting. Bob Kreiling and his wife Pat tended the bar, stayed the entire day, and helped to make sure that the restaurant and bar were set up and in great condition before and during the event and helped to clean up after the event. Mark Stark kept in touch from Florida to make sure that everything went well and as planned. I cannot thank them enough.
If I have missed thanking any other employees, I apologize, but please know that we appreciate what you did for us. Ken would have loved it. So many people were involved with set-up and clean-up that they are too numerous to mention. In addition, many friends, family and Dayton citizens contributed food. Hansman’s, Buona Vita and Buffalo Wild Wings also donated food. Some people who did not care to be recognized just came with a platter of food. I don’t even know whom to thank.
Manhattan Harbor was the perfect place to celebrate Ken’s life. Ken was very impressed with all of the improvements that were taking place at Manhattan Harbor and he would have been very happy and humbled to see the many people who came to pay their respects. Our family is so grateful to you for helping us memorialize Ken in such an appropriate and special way. Thank you.
Finally, I want to thank the City of Dayton for awarding Ken with a proclamation and key to the city in February. In January, Ken was told that he was going to receive this recognition. He was incredibly honored and it made him very happy. Ken was a true public servant and his work on council and as mayor brought him much joy and satisfaction. He worked very hard to make Dayton a great place to live. We are proud of his service. He so loved this city and its people. Thank you all.
With much gratitude,
Susan Vater and the Rankle children: Adam, Allison, and Ashley
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