Glen Rankel Obituary (2022) – Los Angeles, CA

A loving son and brother, a devoted husband, father, grand-father and great-grand-father, brother-in-law, uncle and friend. Glen was the Patriarch to all of us. Glen was the “LAND Man”, Broker, Traveler, Hiker, Skier, Adventurer who spent his 91 years living life on his own terms. A native of Los Angeles, CA, Glen was born on August 13, 1930 to William and Natalia Rankel. He was the youngest of their three sons, Robert, William and Glen. Glen grew up playing with all the kids on Tobias St. in Van Nuys. They all loved to annoy “old man Whitsett” with childhood pranks. He often spoke of those memories throughout the years.
Living in the San Fernando Valley his whole life, Glen went to St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Van Nuys for grammar school, and then to Van Nuys High School in Van Nuys, before continuing on at UCLA, graduating with a degree in Real Estate in June, 1952. He proceeded to start his first company, Rankel Realty the very next day! Glen’s brother, William, and Glen went to Las Vegas with $50 cash between the two of them. His brother, William, got lucky that night, and made them enough money to open up their first office.
Glen’s father, William Rankel was the Math teacher at Van Nuys High School in Van Nuys for many years. Glen’s mother was a Homemaker. Each summer his parents would load the kids in the car for adventurous summer vacations (the roads were still being built across the country). Glen’s father drove them all the way across the country for the World’s Fair, in 1936. Glen was 6 years old! He was more impressed to see Niagara Falls being built.
One word you could use to describe Glen would be an “adventurer”. He owned a few planes that would take him to places you couldn’t even get to by car. He didn’t need a paved road to take him where he wanted to go…he forged his own path, his own trails. He also owned several boats throughout the years. Glen was most at home on the water.
Glen provided for his family through his real estate businesses and development and purchasing several ranches. Glen’s success was anchored by a firm commitment to his values, which could be seen at every level of his life, from the way he treated the thousands of people he has worked with, to the way he still inspired people he met on his daily 2 mile walks to Starbucks in Newbury Park, using his red walker at the age of 91! Despite his great accomplishments. Glen had a graciousness to bring others up, employing hundreds of people who held him in high regard personally and professionally. In 2016, Glen turned over his company to his three grown children as his living legacy
When Glen turned 90, he held Beverly’s hand and prayed that he could make it one more year. Amen. He’s lived a full life of accomplishments, more than he could’ve ever imagined. Glen’s lived to see all of his children grown and settled in their lives, watch his older grandchildren grow up, with little ones still running around at his feet. Glen’s life has been up and down, rich and poor, successful with lots of failures. He loved with all his heart and he lived a life we ​​dare to dream. His presence will remain with us. His spirit will live on in us.
Glen passed away peacefully, at his home in Newbury Park, CA on March 2, 2022, surrounded by loved ones. Glen is survived by his wife, Beverly, and their son Drew (daughter-in-law, Viva Rankel) and two grandsons, Henry and Grant); his former wife, Maja Russell, and their two children, son, Bill Rankel; and daughter, Susan Swanson (son-in-law, Dean Swanson), and their three sons, Andy, Craig and Travis; and Glen’s Step-son, Kevin Bray and grand-son, Justin (and wife, Lindsay), and their three children, Lincoln, Kailey and Brooke. That’s 5 generations!
Our family wishes to thank everyone for all the support and love that surrounded us, making for such a loving, peaceful transition for Glen. Love and blessings to each of you!
We will be holding a Celebration of Life on Monday, March 28.

Published by Los Angeles Times on Mar. 20, 2022.

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