Danny “Dan” Ray Rankin, Jr. - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Danny “Dan” Ray Rankin, Jr.

August 1, 1983 - January 24, 2024


Danny “Dan” Ray Rankin, Jr., loving husband and father, age 40, of Townsend, DE, passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2024.

Born in Wilmington, DE on August 1, 1983, he was a son of Danny R. Rankin, Sr. and Sandra Hurd. Dan was the proud owner of Kirkin Exteriors in New Castle. He was a passionate, self-made, entrepreneur who worked hard to provide for his family.

Dan’s drive and relentless determination lead him to be successful in all avenues of his life. He truly enjoyed every aspect of his work and through it all, always seemed easy going and relaxed. Dan loved to talk business to anyone who would listen. An inspiration to his peers, he spent countless hours mentoring others to help them achieve their best. If there was a way for Dan to lend a helping hand to anyone, he would do it. He had a deep dedication to health and fitness, and participating in physically challenging events. In his spare time, Dan liked shooting guns, traveling to new places, and being a Delaware Wrestling Alliance board member. Additionally, he had a fascination and love for turtles. His spirit of devotion and resilience helped him thrive in any situation. Dan loved being out of his comfort zone and achieving the impossible. A true family man, he loved his wife and best friend, Danielle, and treasured the memories he made with her and their children.

Dan is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Danielle L. (Pritchard) Rankin; father, Danny R. Rankin, Sr. (Lisa); mother, Sandra Hurd; mother-in-law, Tina Succarotte; children, Danny Rankin III, Delani Rankin, Maribel Hernandez-Rankin, and Rosario Rankin; “bonus” son, Joseph Taylor (Alexis); siblings, Jenna Tolar (Shawn), Jacob Rankin, and Daniel Wiley; brother-in-law, Santino Succarotte; niece, Logan Tolar; nephew, Evan Tolar; step-siblings, many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 1 pm on Sunday, February 4, 2024, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 275 East Main Street, Middletown, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 1 pm. Interment will be held privately. Additional seating for guests will be available at the Townsend Fire Hall, 107 Main Street, Townsend, DE, where a livestream of the service can be viewed.

Any loved ones who are unable to attend the service for Dan may live stream the service by clicking here.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dan’s memory to the Delaware Wrestling Alliance, 525 Massaferi Way, Hockessin, DE 19707 or the Navarre Beach Marine Park, 8739 Gulf Blvd., Navarre, FL 32566.


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69 Condolences for Danny “Dan” Ray Rankin, Jr.

  • It’s always the best people that leave us too soon. Loved hearing him yell at me during matches telling me what to do from the stands, hearing his voice overtake damn near the whole gym. Wish I got to see him one last time before he was taken from us but that’s life. Sending every ounce of love to Danielle, Danny, Delani, Maribel, and Rj.

  • Dan, your spirit inspires us! God is love and we saw that in everything you did. You and your beautiful bride Danielle will always be a powerhouse, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Your children are a true reflection of you both. We love your family dearly and will always keep your spirit with us.

    Much love, peace and blessings.
    Love Jim & Kim Palmer

  • Sending you guys so much love. I am so deeply sorry.

  • Mr Rankin was a good man and always had a smile on his face. Always supported me and was nothing but a positive person in my life. Praying for your family and loved ones. May you rest in paradise❤️

  • Everyone has friends ,but rarely do you have that 1 true friend that Genuinely cares for you ,Dan I love you and will miss you dearly ,my heart will always have an emptiness in it ,I will continue to make you proud. I remember 1 time you told me when growing up in new castle that you looked up to me ,well my friend you had that wrong ,I looked up to you ,you taught me so much,I love you man and will see you later my friend

  • My heart goes to the Rankin family during such a hard time ❤️ Leo and I are always with you guys.

  • My heart hurts for all of Our Family. Cherish all the beautiful Memories that you have had with Dan. May God wrap his arms around his Family and give them the strength to carry on.🙏

  • Danielle I will always cherish the 4 years we spent together cheering our boys on through high school wrestling. I was so impressed by both you and Dan and your commitment to your family and children especially. You guys were so much fun to be around and Dan always gave me someone to laugh at. I am so incredibly heartbroken for you and the kids. Dan really was an inspiration to those boys about how to work hard and give back. He will be truly missed. Heaven definitely gained an angel.

  • I am very sorry for the loss of a good friend and a good boss and a good father and husband. My sincere condolences to the entire family. I am very sorry.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Dan was such a great guy. Sending endless prayers to his family.
    – Riley & Vaughn Currinder

  • Dan was really a one of a kind person. This one hurts alot and really puts life into perspective. Danielle and family I am so sorry for this loss. May god get you through these hard times. RIP Dan Dan you will be missed beyond measures.

  • Our deepest sympathies go out to your family. You are all loved very much and we are all here for you if there is anything that you need. 🙏🙏🙏

  • Sending love and prayers to your family. Dan will be truly missed by all.

  • To Danielle and family, I’m sure these words won’t help but I am so sorry this bs happened to you guys! Danny was a solid dude all across the board please know my thoughts and prayers are with you guys! I know I am forever grateful for his wisdom and advice he has given me and Bobby with our business and it will be cherished forever godbless you guys!

  • Love and prayers to the family. We are so sorry for your loss. Rest in peace Dan. ❤️
    – Dee and Bob Bowers

  • I am a friend of Jenna’s and want to express my sincerest condolences. The mark you have left during the short time on earth appears immense. The world is forever a better place having you left your mark on it. Your spirit is here now and always in all the people you have touched. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone.

  • Our deepest condolences to the Rankin Family. May your memories bring you peace and happiness. With deepest sympathy, The Lysinger Family

  • I’m so very sorry for your loss god bless you all Sandy and Danny I will keep you in my prayers Rest In Peace Danny

  • My deepest condolences to the Rankin family. Danny was a good soul. I’m so sorry for your loss. May he RIP

  • “We are so sorry about the passing of Dan. He was a kind and loving person, and his memory will live on forever.” Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Bob and I were broken heareted to lear of your tragedy. Dan made a wonderful impression on al who knew him. He exemplified a warm and embracing man who gave of himself to neighbors, friends and family.
    You and your family are in our hearts and in our prayers.
    We are so sorry for you and your families loss and for all who loved and respected Dan.
    Chris & Bob

  • Both Todd and I are heartbroken to learn of Dan’s passing. Dan was one of my very first customers who in time with Danielle became our friends. When I think of Dan, I think of how much I will miss his infectious laugh, his energy and fun loving personality. He always had a funny story to share with us, and he was always willing to listen and help others. Dan’s determination and passion in life was an inspiration to all of us. He worked so hard both professionally and personally, always striving to give his best, whether it was for his family and business. God must have had big plans for Dan to have taken someone as young & special as Dan. We will miss you Dan and may your memory live on <3

  • A great man who made an impact of everyone he met. God bless his beautiful family in these hard times. Prayers for you all.

  • Always smiling, always positive. You will be missed.

  • I’m still in a bit of shock and only met you two weeks ago. Thanks again for your great service!

  • We are all so shocked by this! Man I had so much respect for Dan , he was like another family member. I’m certain he would want us to remember him positively and keep his memories alive. Condolences to all of his loving family.

  • To the Rankiin family.I loved Danny like a brother and true friend.Danielle if you need anything please reach to us.We love yall like family.May God be with you and your family through this time.

  • I met Dan years ago when his wife Danielle did my hair. I remember him always coming in as she was cutting my hair with just the biggest smile on his face asking when she was going to cut his hair or asking something about the kids. My love and prayers go out to Danielle and all of his family. Rest in Peace Dan.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Dan was a great guy. He will be missed tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with Danielle and the entire family. ❤️❤️🙏🙏 Eric and Cathy Honaker

  • We’re so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. May God give you comfort, peace and strength at this difficult time.

  • Hearing this loss was extremely devastating and saddening. We know that he is incredibly loved and will be missed dearly. Dan was a great man who always had a smile on his face no matter what. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Rankin family.

  • Our heartfelt condolences to your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you peace, comfort, and strength at this difficult time.

  • Danielle, there are no words that can ease your pain. I am deeply sorry that you and the kids must go through this tragic time. My heart and love go out to you all.

  • So sorry for this tragic loss. My heart goes out to his family, friends and co-workers. Keeping all in prayer.

  • To The Rankin & Kirkin Exterior Family,

    My sincerest condolences for you at this time. You have my deepest sympathy and unwavering support. Wishing you peace, comfort & courage during this time of sorrow. May you find comfort in the outpouring of love surrounding you and your family.

    Keeping you all in my thoughts & prayers.

    Kimberley D Sammon

  • I was at a loss for words when I heard the news. You were an awesome person, an inspiration to so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. RIP my friend.


  • I can’t believe this!!! He was a great person. Always happy and loved his family and friends. Don’t know what happen. Can’t believe this!!!!

  • He’s a great person. Loving person!
    Always happy. Can’t believe this is real.
    He loved his family and friends. You are one of the great ones brother!!

  • I am sorry to hear about Dan’s passing. Please know you and your family are in my prayers during this difficult time.

  • Sending all of my prayers to you and your family. We are all better for knowing Dan and your family.
    Camee Hurd

  • So very sorry to hear about Dan’s passing. My condolences to the Rankin family.

  • Our deepest condolences to the Rankin family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Dan was a very beautiful person he always managed to put a smile on people’s faces sending my condolences to his entire family

  • This is heartbreaking, my deepest condolences for Danielle and the family! Dan was one of the most genuinely caring individuals I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing and working with! He’ll be deeply missed and always remembered!

  • Dan and family, I’m so sorry for your loss of your son. What a tragedy! God bless at this time.

  • Thoughts and prayers to all of the family and friends. I remember plenty of tournaments and matches with late nights full of laughter and excitement. He was a good man, and I’m sure he’s continuing to love, laugh, and cheer his family and friends on from above.

  • Danny and Danielle were a dynamic couple since High School, setting and conquering goals. Watching their professional goals and love grow over the years inspired many. Our hearts break for all. Danny and his enduring spirit will not be forgotten but remembered everyday. Sending continued love, strength, and prayers during this sad time.
    With deepest sympathy and empathy, The Henry’s (Jess and Jade)

  • Grief is not about forgetting, but about remembering. It’s the remembering that gives you the strength to keep going. As you grieve your wonderful husband, please know that all of us are mourning along with you and that you are in our hearts, our thoughts, and our prayers.

  • We’re so sorry to hear of the loss of Dan. He was such a nice guy. Praying for his wife, children, family and friends peace during this very difficult time.

    Stephanie Glover
    Spring Arbor, Board of Directors

  • In a blink of an eye, a fine human has left this earth…hard to believe that this man is gone. We are so very sorry to see such a profound loss occur and send our deepest condolences to his loving family and many friends. Some people make an impact in their lives and Dan’s loss will be felt by many for a long time to come. Life is so fleeting and in honor of Dan, do something to help someone in need.

  • I am so so sorry for your loss. Dan will never be forgotten, he had a heart of gold and a passion for helping others. The DWA lost a great board member, Dan was always there for the wrestling community and could not do enough to help the state of Delaware grow wrestling. Please know that the Rankin family is a part of the DWA Family and we will always be here for you.

  • Although I didn’t know Dan like that I know alot of people who did , I’m so sorry for your loss he is kept in my prayers

  • Sending prayers to his family. Dan’s legacy will forever be engrained.

  • We are so saddened to hear about Dan’s sudden passing. He’ll be remembered for his big heart, passion for wrestling, and spirit of community.
    Craig, Lauren and I send our deepest condolences and hope that you find strength and peace in his memory and legacy.

  • Prayers to the entire Rankin family!! Dan and Danielle gave my wife and I an opportunity to put our family in a better living situation. We will forever be grateful to them! God, please place your comforting hands over this family!

  • My deepest thoughts and prayers and love to all the family. Such a great man and beautiful family.

  • Dan ur life was taken way to soon. Danielle I offer my condolences to you n ur kids.
    Sandy I can’t imagine losing a child. I am so sorry for ur lost
    Dan Sr. To you also I am so sorry for ur lost.
    Dan will always be remembered!

  • Sorry for your loss we are praying for you and your family we love you guys and 💕

  • I am so sorry for your loss! I fondly remember talking to Dan at wrestling tournaments about his son Daniel. May you rest in Peace!

  • I am so sorry, my heart is breaking for your family. I’ve met him 1 or 2 times and he was extremely kind. He let my son get in his monster truck. My son still remembers! I am so sorry!

  • My condolences for Dan and his family. Dan was a stand up guy who always had great spirit and lightened up a room. Great guy to work with. Honest and hard working. He will be greatly missed.
    Pete Ramos
    Simple Solutions General Contracting.

  • Danielle and family, Dan touched our lives! He was always right there when we needed him. Never did a text go unanswered when we needed something fixed, or just had a question for him. He always made me laugh when he would visit in your salon and always welcomed us into your home. The love he had for you and your family was so heartwarming. The world lost a good man, taken way too soon. Love from the Paulino Family

  • So sad to hear about Danny. I worked with him installing fire sprinklers. He always had a smile and an infectious laugh a pleasure to be around . So sorry for you and all that know him , such a tragic loss.

  • Sending my condolences & love to the whole family. Love u bro I’ve known you since we where 6-7 years old. We ran around Shawtown together as brothers & family… U always had a good heart & a big smile. Your pop’s was OUR pop’s (Big Dan) Love u my man u guys always treated me like family & I appreciate u for that thank you. Oh & I’m still taking credit for hooking u & Danielle up lol I know u laughing about that while u rest easy love u Danielle I can’t imagine how u feel but stay strong & keep you guys legacy going. Ik you u strong enough to do it. P.S I Never got to tell u I’m proud of u bro rest in peace Danny I’ll see u on the other side.🕊️🕊️🕊️

  • When Dan came to my house to check my roof be fore he left he ask if there was anything he could do for me. That’s the type of person he was. Always willing to help someone. We lost a good guy.
    JoAnne Smolka

  • Danielle we are so sorry for your loss. 🙏❤️

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    The Bolden Family
    Don, Sarah, Rachel & Alan

  • So sorry to hear about Dan. What an awful tragic accident that took someone so amazing from you and your family and everyone he had an impact on. He was loved by so many. Our thoughts and prayers to you Danielle and your family, and all of his friends and family too.
    Greg and Diane Ciccone

  • I am so saddened to learn of the passing of Dan Rankin. I only knew him for a brief period when a friend recommendation his company to replace our roof and gutters. Dan was so nice and they all did an excellent job. They were just here a year ago and now he is gone. Oh this thing called life. Thank you Dan for your honesty, integrity and for being a positive force in the world. RIP. The Coleman Family. Newark, Delaware.