Michael Ray Rhinevault
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Michael Ray Rhinevault, 63, was born in Klamath Valley Hospital April 3, 1950. He grew up and went to schools in Klamath Falls, Ore. After graduation from Klamath Union High School, he was drafted and served his tour of duty with the Army Corps of Engineers in Vietnam.
When his tour of duty was finished, Mike worked jobs in the timber industry around the state. He also did many other jobs, such as selling firewood and bartending when the timber industry bottomed out.
In the early 1990s, Mike moved to Phoenix, Ariz., and studied motorcycle repair, specializing in Harley Davidsons. After graduating, he took a job in Tukwila, Wash., with Downtown Harley Davidson and became their senior master technician. At age 60, he hired on with Boeing, where he continued until his death June 7, 2013.
Mike enjoyed road trips on his Harley, hanging out with friends, and camping trips with his many buddies.
Survivors include his longtime friends Cindi Wilson and John Morris, both of Kent, Wash.; father Bob Rhinevault of Klamath Falls; sister Karen Rhinevault of Klamath Falls; sisters and brothers-in-law Diane and Jim Bowden of West Linn, Ore., and Julie and Bruce Snyder of Klamath Falls; nephews Bruce Ross of Seattle, Wash., and Jason Rhinevault of Portland, Ore.; niece Lori Williams of Kearny, Mo.; aunts and uncles Patty and Vernon Newlun of Dairy, Ore., and Bud and Nadine Brown of Grants Pass, Ore.; and many, many cousins.
Mike's service on June 28 will start with a bike escort, leaving from J&S Tavern, 13004 SE Kent Kangley Road in Kent at noon, proceeding to Tahoma National Cemetery for an honors burial at 1 p.m. A "Ride-On, Rhino Send Off" celebration of his life will follow at Sony Haubner's residence at 37014 316th Ave. SE, Enumclaw, Wash.
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Published in Herald And News on June 18, 2013