Memorial service celebrating the life of Kenneth Rinehart will be held at Beech Springs Baptist Church, Minden, LA. Visitation will be at 12:00 p.m. with services at 1:00 p.m. on November 4, 2023, Private family visitation will be at 11:00am.
Kenneth was born on August 2, 1941, in Delhi, LA and passed away at home on October 13, 2023.
Ken graduated from Pioneer High School in 1959 and served as Class President his senior year. He was a member of FFA and played baseball and basketball on the school teams.
Ken proudly served his country with the United States Air Force for 20 years and retired as TSgt in 1980. He was a Small Arms Instructor for 11 years training troops to use the M16 and various handguns. He also served on the Honor Guard and the Rifle for many years. His reassignment to McClellan AFB, Sacramento, CA included cross training to be an Electrician and learn Cathartic Control. After retirement he continued as a Civil Servant for 13 more years. In retirement he became interested in the scroll saw and created projects that he shared with many he came in contact with. His crosses became an outreach for patients that went to a urology clinic, and he happily provided the receptionist with a supply for her to hand out.
Ken is preceded in death by his parents, James Daniel Rinehart and Mary McKoin Rinehart, sister, Peggy Rinehart, brother-in-law, Larry Myers.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Carolyn Spruell Rinehart of 62 years; daughters, Billie Kay Rinehart Miller and husband David, of Rio Linda, CA; Mary Christine Rinehart of Sacramento, CA.
He is also survived by his siblings, James Rinehart II, wife Toni of Weatherford, TX; Donald Wayne Rinehart, wife Rita of Jonesboro, LA; Florence Irene Rinehart Myers of Ruston, LA; Roger Cockrell, wife Judy of Grayford, TX; Regina Cockrell of Post Falls, ID and Helen Cockrell; grandchildren, Joshua Hernz, Matthew Rinehart, Sean Sandlin and Jessica Sandlin; great grandchildren, Lillian Anglin Miller, Kylie Sandlin and Nicholas Sandlin; Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, that memorial contributions be made to Beech Springs Baptist Church or Dementia Society at www.dementiasociety.org.