The Ritzville Adams County Journal, Ritzville, WA  - 


December 9, 2010

Frederick Rinehart


Frederick Rinehart, died Nov. 29, 2010, in Kennewick of complications from lung disease.


He was born on May 1, 1925, in Beloit, Wis., and grew up on his family’s dairy farm. In 1943 he joined the U.S. Army and served in Europe during WWII. After the war ended, he moved to Idaho where he met and married Leone Stellmon, with whom he celebrated 62 years of marriage last January.


They had six children and lived in many places in the northwest until settling in Port Orchard in 1959. He had many jobs over the years – selling candy, repairing sewing machines, working as a boilermaker, carpenter and long-distance truck driver. When it came time to retire he bought a small farm near Goldendale.


It is said he loved restoring antique John Deere tractors, hunting with his grandsons, reading history books, writing novels and serving his church.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Frieda Fiebke Rinehart; brothers Donald and Harvey; and two sisters, Marie Rinehart and Margaret Gowie.


He is survived by his wife Leone; four daughters – Cyndee Steussy and her husband Denny, of Des Moines, Louise Brantley and her husband Chris, of Salem, Ore., Beth Riebli and her husband John, of Allyn and Judith Rinehart-Nelson and her husband David, of Ritzville; two sons, James Rinehart and his wife Charlotte, of Ollala and Robert Rinehart and his wife Lucy, of Centerville; two sisters, Nell Reed and Doris Bartelt; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.


The family is planning a memorial service followed by a reception at his farm in the spring.