Willard Eugene "Fuzzy" Rinehart went to be with the Lord on September 3, 2013, exactly 92 years from the day of his birth on September 3, 1921 to Willard Lee and Katherine (Craner) Rinehart in Iberia.
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He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Helen Louise Schickedantz; sister Maxine Oliver, formerly of Mansfield; brother Charles Junior Rinehart, formerly of Shelby; and great-grandsons, Lucas Alexander Mason of Clyde, and Gavin Patrick Rinehart of Janesville, WI.
He is survived by his son, Eddy M. (Betty) Rinehart of Edgerton, WI, and daughter, Carol J. (Larry) Mason, of Lake Placid, FL, formerly of Bucyrus. He is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Shari (Bill) Bowlin of Bucyrus; Dorene (Ray) Burkhart of Galion; Kevin (Dawn) Mason of Clyde; Nicholas (Missy) Rinehart of Oshkosh, WI; and Willard (Jessie) Rinehart of Janesville, WI; 9 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Cleo R. Stakey of Marion.
In addition to his family, he is survived by his very special friend, Chloe Sulser and her family. He cheered heartily for The Ohio State University Buckeyes and enjoyed attending many tailgate parties with his friends.
Mr. Rinehart was employed by Galion Iron Works and its subsequent owners for 42 years, retiring at the age of 60. He served Galion Iron Works in capacities of foreman, Asst. Superintendent General Hydraulics, Asst. Plant Superintendent Galion Iron Works Roller facility in Bucyrus; Plant Superintendent Galion Iron Works Crane facility in Galion; and Special Projects Engineer. His love of restoring homes led him to enjoy the company of many fine neighbors over the years.
Mr. Rinehart was a former member of Galion Elks Lodge 1131. He was a Charter Member of the American Legion Post in Iberia and served as the first Commander. He was a lifetime member of Galion American Legion Post #243; and a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.
Mr. Rinehart served in WWII as an air traffic controller in Tunisia; Rome-Arno; North Apennines; Rhineland; Southern France; and Central Europe. Mr. Rinehart was recently chosen to take part in a WWII Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. He was proud of his service to his country and greatly enjoyed his trip accompanied by his son, this past summer.
Friends may call Friday, September 6, 2013 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm and one hour prior to the service at the Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home, Galion. Funeral services will be held at the Mark A. Schneider Funeral Home, Galion on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 11:30,with Rev. Dreama Caudill and Rev. Joe Stafford officiating. Internment will take place at Iberia Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the US Army and the Galion/Crestline area veteran's organizations.
Memorial donations may be given to: Honor Flight Columbus, P.O. Box 12036, Columbus, Ohio 43212.
Online condolences may be made to the family at masfh.com
Published in The Galion Inquirer on Sept. 4, 2013