Hugh O. Rinkle

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Hugh O. Rinkle

Hugh O'Neal Rinkle transitioned into eternity on Sunday, May 25th, 2014. A casual memorial service honoring Hugh will be held at 2pm, Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Rose Neath's Southside Chapel in Shreveport. Visitation will be just prior to the memorial service from 1-2pm, that same day.

Hugh Rinkle resided in Shreveport, Louisiana and was 79 years old. He was born in Deadwood, Texas, to Irene Baker Rinkle and Earnum Rinkle. He graduated from Carthage High School, class of 1953, where many of his lifelong friendships were made. For over 50 years, Hugh ran a successful insurance agency. He was a life time member of the Million Dollar Round Table and travelled the globe in award trips. He loved his business and his clients. He was a dedicated, hard-working salesman, who truly listened to his customers and put their needs first. Anyone who knew Hugh Rinkle was captivated by his charismatic personality. A real "character," who never met a stranger and missed few opportunities to strike up a conversation, his wit and dry humor were as sharp as his intellect. Hugh was generous and had a huge heart, and he loved people of all walks of life.

Hugh loved every kind of sport, especially football. He was a loyal Dallas Cowboys fan to the end. But his passion in life was to FISH. An expert and authority on every aspect of bass fishing, Hugh Rinkle was a household name on Toledo Bend. He was respected in the industry among amateurs and professionals alike. He invented a popular lure known as the "Rinky Dink," and won numerous tournaments and trophies. Oh how we loved his "Fishing Stories!"

Left to cherish Hugh's memory is his adored wife of 51 years, Shirley Huffty Rinkle, two daughters, Susan Rinkle Ruatto of Houston, Texas, and Robin Rinkle Flatt of Shreveport and husband Roger; two brothers, Earnum Rinkle and wife Barbara, Don Rinkle and wife Sandra; four grandchildren, Christopher Yell, Angela Ruatto, Anthony Ruatto, and Aubrey Matthews; six great-grandchildren, Matthew, Isabelle and Tristan Yell, Kaylee Ruatto, and Austen and A.J. Ruatto; one niece Teresa Reaves and husband Russell, two nephews Tommy Rinkle and wife Jan, and Paul Rinkle. He leaves behind many cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, fishing buddies, and loyal clients.

A beloved husband, father, brother and friend, Hugh will be greatly missed. We celebrate his life in loving memories until we meet again in Heaven. Until then, his family knows that he is in the presence of Jesus.

Funeral Home
Rose Neath Funeral Homes Inc. - Southside Chapel
2500 Southside Drive Shreveport, LA 71118
(318) 687-1256
Funeral Home Details
Published in Shreveport Times from June 1 to June 6, 2014