Donald E. Rank, who founded park model builder Park Haven Inc., passed away Monday (Feb. 25) at Indiana’s Elkhart General Hospital.
Rank, 71, worked in the recreational vehicle industry for many years. In 1981, he founded Park Haven Inc. which grew into one of the industry’s leading park model manufacturers. Most recently, he worked at Prime Time Manufacturing, a division of Forest River Inc., where his son, Jeff, is president.
Rank was born to Floyd and Helen (Webster) Rank on Sept. 4, 1941, in Kansas City, Kan. He grew up in the Kansas City area and later attended the University of Missouri before joining the U.S. Marine Corps. In 1966, Don was married to Patricia Barnett in Lathrop, Mo. Together they had one son, Jeff.
Rank enjoyed hunting, billiards and an occasional game of golf, but his favorite hobby was fishing. An avid tournament participant, he was widely recognized as one of the top fisherman in the area and participated in two world championships during his career. Don wore his USMC cap proudly when he was outdoors.
Survivors include his wife, Pat; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Melanie Rank; four grandchildren, Brandon, Brady, Blake and Britney; a sister, Carole Sorenson of Osceola, Iowa; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him in death were his parents and one sister, Pat Webster.
Friends are welcome to attend a visitation from 3:30 to 6 p.m. on March 1 at Walley-Mills-Zimmerman Funeral Home, 700 E. Jackson Blvd., Elkhart.