Peter Rank, of Hatley, died on September 12, 2023 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was 62 years old. He was born on October 8, 1960 in Antigo, a son of Donald and Dorothy (Hayek) Rank.
He graduated from Antigo High School in 1979 and completed the mechanical drafting program at NorthCentral Technical College.
Pete worked for Wisconsin Public Service, Waukesha Bearings, and Fulton Performance Products from 1986 until his retirement in 2003.
He served as a town chairman for the town of Reid. Pete was proud of the many years he refereed for the WIAA and the many friends he had. He was especially proud of his crew that officiated the many state championship games. He was instrumental in starting the Pike Lake Little League Program. He was part owner of Not Bob's Bar in Antigo.
He loved fishing and enjoyed many trips to Canada with his brothers and nephews, He loved being a member of his community in Pike Lake and always felt he "lived in paradise".
Survivors include two sisters, Mary (Leslie) Rasmussen and Angie Rank both of Antigo; a brother, Patrick (Maria Carvalho) Rank of Madison; two sisters-in-law, Kathleen Rank of Lakewood and Sandy Rank of Gillett; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Terence and Dennis; and a brother-in-law, James Buckley.
A graveside service will be held on Sunday, September 24 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Phlox. A memorial gathering will be held on Sunday at the Reid Town Hall in Hatley from 2 to 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Pike Lake Rec Club, 175808 Feather Lane, Hatley, WI 54440
Phlox, WI, United States 54409
Hatley, WI, United States 54440
Mary, Angie, and Pat, I am so sorry to hear of Pete’s passing. Sending our deepest condolences. I’m sure Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Donald as well as Dennis and Terry were there to welcome him home and what a family reunion it must have been. RIH Pete.
Angie i am So sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family. Jerry Marco
I am very sorry for the loss of Peter. He was way too young to leave this world and enter his eternal home. I am sure that there will be games for him to referee in heaven. May God be with you and your family during these trying times. I am sure Donald an Dorothy were waiting at the gate to welcome him home. May Peter rest in peace.
I’m sorry for your loss
I met Pete just a few years ago as a basketball official. We talked about a wide array of things during inactive times on the court. He told me about his involvement with the Pike Lake Little League, I was impressed by his efforts and achievements. I am saddened to hear of his sudden passing. My condolences to the family and friends.
I knew Pete many years, I worked in the gym area at the High School and my son, Mike, reffed with you later. My sympathy and condolences to the family and friends. He was a great guy! Jerry Igl