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May 16, 1933 – Aug. 28, 2014

Donald James Rankin Jr., of Tonawanda, a laboratory technician and laboratory equipment designer, died Thursday in Buffalo General Medical Center. He was 81.

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Buffalo Technical High School, where he majored in chemistry. He served in the Marine Corps in the Korean War, attaining the rank of staff sergeant.

After his service, he worked as a lab technician at National Aniline, Ashland Oil and Union Carbide’s Linde Division before becoming a lab equipment designer in the Biomedical Engineering Department at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He retired in 1985.

In retirement, he traveled extensively, visiting Spain, Korea, China, Japan and Thailand. He summered with his family at Keuka Lake.

A former Kenmore resident, he enjoyed collecting military memorabilia and amassed a large number of military decorations. He also enjoyed a wide variety of music.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Patricia A. Dobbins; two sons, James and Timothy; two daughters, Kathleen Brown and Kim Wagner; a brother, Richard; and seven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 150 Broad St., Tonawanda.