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Richard C. Rhynehart, 88, of Eustis, FL, and formerly of Lansing and Groton, NY, passed away on April 11, 2014 with his wife and daughter by his side. He was born in Watkins Glen, NY to the late Oscar and Bessie Rhynehart. He was predeceased by one brother, Oscar (Vicki) Rhynehart; and three sisters, Frances (Minor) Leonard, Ruth Comfort, and Evelyn (Nate) Buckley. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lorraine (Cratsley) Rhynehart; two sons, Brian (Denise) Rhynehart of W. Palm Beach, FL and Richard L. Rhynehart, of Seattle, WA; two daughters, Eden Rhynehart of Port Orange, FL, and Celia (Steve) Miller of Ithaca, NY; and four grandchildren, Steven U. Miller, Tegan Miller, Amalia Schemel, and Aubrey Schemel. He served our nation in the Armed Forces 59th Engineering Company during the Korean War. He worked at NASA, where he built platforms for rockets, as a carpenter for Macpherson Builders in Ithaca, NY for 25 years, and then at Moravec Construction of Ithaca, NY. His interests and hobbies included old automobiles, carpentry, mechanics, farming, gardening, and astronomy. He enjoyed music, his cat Blackie, barbequing ribs, and playing cards. He was a steadfast and loyal husband, father, neighbor, and friend. A memorial service will be held on July 12, 2014 at 2 p.m. at the Schuyler County Veterans Memorial Park in Odessa, NY. A lunch will follow the service. Donations may be made in his memory to the Schuyler County Veterans Memorial Park.
Published in Ithaca Journal on May 31, 2014