ALEXANDRIA, Ind. — Donald G. “Don” Rinker, 89, passed away July 12, 2013, at Community Parkview Care Center in Elwood, after a brief illness.
He was born Nov. 28, 1923, in Perkinsville, to John B. and Nellie (Shetterly) Rinker. He lived in the Alexandria area his entire life; mostly on his farm home place.
Don was a graduate of Alexandria High School, Class of 1942. He served his country in the U.S. Army during WW II and received a bronze star.
He retired from Delco-Remy, formerly of Anderson, in 1979 after 37 years of employment. Don was also a well known farmer in the area who raised livestock. At the age of 80, he finally had to give up raising sheep.
He attended Epworth United Methodist Church and was a member of the Alexandria American Legion.
He was an avid gardener, being most proud of his beautiful flowers and huge vegetable garden. He enjoyed woodworking and showed his love by hand making wooden toy boxes in the shape of a barn for each grandchild. He held a season ticket for Alexandria Tigers basketball for 50+ years. He was a fan of the Indianapolis Colts, Chicago Cubs and Purdue Boilermakers. Don encouraged and supported his children in furthering their educational goals and becoming successful in their careers. His five children reached the goal of becoming 10-year 4-H members due largely to Don’s support. Don loved his role as husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
Surviving are his wife, Helen (Barrett) Rinker, whom he married March 2, 1946; children, Dale (Jane) Rinker and Nancy (Virgil) Reynolds, all of Yorktown, Betty (Tom) Crum of Alexandria, Barbara (Mike) Ray of Middletown and John (Lisa) Rinke of Alexandria; eight grandchildren, Lori (Chad) Paskiewicz of Muncie, Tony (Brandi) Crum of Frankton, Brad (Johanna) Rinker of Yorktown, Julie (Jonathon) Bailey of Muncie, Patrick Ray of Broad Ripple, Tiffany (Russ) Van Natta of Anderson, Kelly Ray of Lafayette and Lance Rinker of Alexandria; eight great-grandchildren; his brother, Robert Rinker of Middletown; sisters-in-law, Mary Rinker of Indianapolis, Jane Ann (Don) Carmer of Elwood and Joyce Barrett of Frankton; brother-in-law, Bill Haston of Anderson; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Albert Rinker and sister, Joan Parker.
Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 17, 2013, in the Owens Funeral Home, 412 N. Harrison St., Alexandria, officiated by Dr. Joyce Thornton. Interment will follow in IOOF Cemetery, Alexandria, where military honors will be given by the U.S. Army and Elwood VFW-American Legion Honors team.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and one hour before the Wednesday service at the funeral home
Memorial contributions are suggested, to be given through the funeral home, to Epworth United Methodist Church, Madison County 4-H Association or American Cancer Society.
The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Community Parkview Care Center in Elwood for the loving and compassionate care given to Don.
Post online condolences at owensmemorialservices.com or www.theheraldbulletin.com.