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Kirk Rankin entered this world May 6th, 1986 and chose to leave it on September 25th, 2009.
His parents are Steve and Jamie Miller Rankin of Four Season, MO. Kirk lived in the Chicago area, Omaha, and Kansas City but considered Columbia his home the past five years. He attended high school at Blue Valley North in Leawood, KS and graduated from Gurnee High School in Gurnee, IL. He was a National Merit Finalist. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude from the University of Missouri in May 2008 with a degree in Philosophy and English. At MU he received a Discovery Fellowship and an alumni scholarship. He was currently taking graduate courses in Library Sciences. Kirk was a loving, loyal friend. He was very intelligent and a deep thinker. He and his friends loved to play ultimate Frisbee and he traveled with a team representing MU. He had a great love for Ireland and its people, having visited there twice. He volunteered for four years with Meals on Wheels and encouraged six of his friends to do the same. Kirk is survived by his parents, a sister Lindsay Rankin of New York City; his grandmother and aunt Dorothy Rankin and Marcia Walker of Columbia; his grandmother Frances Miller of Rancho Bernardo CA; eight other aunts and uncles of CA, Utah, and Washington DC; twelve cousins from Oregon, CA, Utah, Washington DC and CO. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers and a cousin. Memorial services will be held at Broadway Christian Church, Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 2:00 PM with Rev. Tim Carson officiating. A reception will follow at the church. Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels of Columbia, 800 Hospital Drive, Columbia, MO 65203.