After a long and hard fought battle with cancer, former Dayton mayor Kenneth E. Rankle passed away on January 21, 2018. A celebration of his life was held at Manhattan Harbour on January 28. Ken Rankle was a very successful businessman. The owner of K.E. Rankle Construction, a company he started at the age of 23, he was an avid motorcyclist and a fourth degree black belt. However his biggest joy was spending time with his wife Susan and family.
Many friends and colleagues joined the Rankle Family at the February 6 Dayton City Council Meeting, as a proclamation was read and presented to his wife Susan, along with a Key to the City for his outstanding service to the City of Dayton:
CITY OF DAYTON, KENTUCKY
HONORING MAYOR KENNETH E. RANKLE
WHEREAS, Mayor Kenneth E. Rankle has served the City of Dayton, Kentucky, as a faithful, productive member of the community during his sixteen (16) years of civil service in innumerably varied positions, in serving two (2) terms as a City Councilman, and three (3) terms as the Mayor of Dayton, Kentucky, making him among one of the longest serving Mayor’s in the City of Dayton’s history; and
WHEREAS, Mayor Kenneth E. Rankle, during his service as Mayor, was able to eliminate all bonded and “full faith and credit” debt for the first time in at least sixty (60) years, as well as amassed a financial surplus; and
WHEREAS, Mayor Kenneth E. Rankle, as an effective communicator, networked and served on numerous regional committees, such as, The Northern Kentucky Home Consortium, The Campbell County Kentucky Democratic Committee, Southbank Partners, Northern Kentucky Mayors Organization, and the Municipal Government League; and
WHEREAS, Mayor Kenneth E. Rankle, determinedly served the City of Dayton, Kentucky, citizens through participation in local communities and organizations, namely, the Dayton, Kentucky, Housing Authority, the Dayton Civic Club, the Main Street Organization, and, being a working Mayor, serving side by side with various City of Dayton Departments, such as Police and Public Works; and
WHEREAS, Mayor Kenneth E. Rankle, recognizing the rich heritage of Dayton, Kentucky, had the foresight to purchase businessman Charles Tharp’s business building, and acquire his numerous history of Dayton archives, thereby opening the Charlie Tharp History Museum; and
WHEREAS, Mayor Kenneth E. Rankle, worked tirelessly with State Representatives to secure funds for road repairs, as well as a grant for the Dayton YMCA; and
WHEREAS, Mayor Kenneth E. Rankle, recognizing the importance of cooperation between the city and school system, forged an excellent working relationship between the Dayton Independent School System and the City of Dayton; and
WHEREAS, Mayor Kenneth E. Rankle served as a highly effective advocate for developing plans and securing investors, thereby completing building projects in the City of Dayton, now known as Riverpointe Condominiums, Manhattan Harbour Riverfront Development and Grant Park Subdivision; and
WHEREAS, Mayor Kenneth E. Rankle is a dedicated and loving husband to Susan Vater, and loving father to Ashley, Allison and Adam. Additionally, a big smile comes to his face when referring to his four (4) grandsons, Jameson, Jackson, Abel and Ashton; and
WHEREAS, Mayor Kenneth E. Rankle is a successful businessman, having started his own company at the age of 23, which enabled him to develop his leadership skills, making him a valuable public servant for the citizens of Dayton, Kentucky.
BE IT PROCLAIMED BY THE CITY OF DAYTON, KENTUCKY; THAT MAYOR KENNETH E. RANKLE IS HEREBY HONORED BY THE CITY OF DAYTON, KENTUCKY, AND THE DAYTON COMMUNITY FOR HIS VALIANT EFFORTS TO SERVE OUR PEOPLE AND THE CITY CONGRATULATES HIM AND THANKS HIM PROFUSELY FOR HIS EFFORTS;
PROCLAIMED by the Mayor of the City of Dayton, Kentucky, this 6th day of February, 2018.
CITY OF DAYTON, KENTUCKY
Virgil Boruske, Mayor
Donna Leger, its Clerk
In addition to performing his mayoral duties, Ken was known for rolling up his sleeves and doing physically demanding work that needed to be done around town. This included everything from trimming trees before the Memorial Day Parade to coordinating storm aftermath cleanups. We would like to extend our prayers and condolences to the Rankle family. Rest in Peace, Ken.
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