Yippy Rankin, husband of LPGA great and now TV commentator Judy Rankin, has passed away. A fierce supported and competitor, Yippy was a ubiquitous figure on tour when Judy was playing. I did not know the man personally but Yippy left an indelible mark on the fairways of the LPGA. Peace.
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Walter Snyder "Yippy" Rankin
Walter Snyder "Yippy" Rankin, 71, of Midland, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2012. Yippy was born October 29, 1940, in Colorado City, Texas. His family lived in Fort Worth until he was nine years old and then they moved to Midland, which was his home for the rest of his life. He attended Midland public schools and graduated from Midland High School. He went on to attend Texas Tech University on an athletic scholarship. At Tech, Yippy played football, baseball, and was also a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He graduated in 1964. Yippy returned to Midland and coached high school football, until moving on to the Aetna Life Insurance Company. He eventually became involved in the oil and gas industry. He married Judy in 1967 and became a devoted fan of women’s golf and her most loyal supporter. They shared in her career and were fortunate to make many friends and travel the world. They were fortunate to also experience some great moments in sports. One of the great joys in his life was his son, Tuey. Supporting his athletic and life endeavors was of the utmost importance to him. As a young man, he coached numerous youth sports teams and has continued to support young people in athletics in other ways. He passionately loved his family, friends, and all of the dogs that warmed and shared his life. Red Raider nation has lost one of its most loyal supporters. He loved watching his beloved Red Raiders and was an avid college football fan. Yippy loved quail hunting and some of the best times of his life were playing marginal golf with dear friends. In recent years, he loved spending time with his grandchildren. Yippy was preceded in death by both of his parents. He is survived by his wife, Judy; his son, Tuey Rankin; daughter-in-law, Jennifer; grandchildren, Kendall Anne and Tripp; brother, David Rankin; sister, Dianne Rankin; as well as the extended family of both his and Judy’s. Very special thanks to Dr. Roberta Case, Dr. Summer Merritt, Hospice, and Maria Prieto, who were invaluable during his lengthy illness. Also a special thanks to Randye Biggs. Friends may visit at the funeral home on Sunday, February 26, 2012, between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. A memorial service is planned for Monday, February 27, 2012, at 1:00 p.m., at First United Methodist Church. Arrangements are under the direction of Ellis Funeral Home. Condolences may be placed at: ellisfunerals.com. The family would appreciate any memorial donation in his name. Most special to him would be the Texas Tech Red Raider Club, Box 45055, Lubbock, Texas 79409.
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