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Arnold "John" Rinkel

Graveside Services: Thursday, June 30th at 11:00 am at Swanton Cemetery-Centerville Road

Arnold "John" Rinkel, age 69, of Swanton, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly in his home of natural causes, Tuesday, June 21, 2016. John was born November 3, 1946 to Arnold M. "Biddy" and Genevieve "Jerrie" Rinkel. He served in the United States Army for 2 years in Vietnam during the war.

He held various construction jobs before and after his service. He also rode for the Patriot Guards and belonged to the Swanton American Legion Post #479 and was a life member of Swanton VFW Memorial Post #8598. He was a 3 year volunteer on the Swanton Rescue Unit along with his mother and his brother. His hobbies included bowling (which he bowled a 300 game), boating, computers, horse and drag racing, air shows, and loved fishing with his brothers, Stewart and Phillip.

Surviving are his siblings, Connie (Bob) Carroll, Sue (Gary) Thomas, Stewart (Sandy) Rinkel and Phillip (Debbie) Rinkel; his cat, Shadow and many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents.

We lost our best friend. He was a good brother. We loved him through the good times, sad times, good health and bad health. We thank God every day we were able to spend time with him.

Graveside services, with Military Rites, will be held at Swanton Cemetery - Centerville Road on Thursday, June 30th at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Donna Stutzman officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Residence: Swanton, Ohio

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To the entire Rinkel family, Our love and prayers that God will comfort you all in this loss. The Rinkel family have been a large part of the Raker families, both on Lincoln and Dodge streets, many good memories and wonderful neighbors. Roger & Grace Raker

Roger & Grace Raker Aug 2 2016 12:00 AM

I just found out about johns passing. my thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I will miss talking to him. he was my go to whenever anything happened with my family still living in ohio we would talk for hours reminiscing.

patricia j doster (crider) Jul 24 2016 12:00 AM

John, Thank you for your service to our country and to the Ohio Patriot Guard. Rest in Peace.

Bob Woods Jun 27 2016 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathies go out to the Rinkle family. Chuck Purdy Jr. & Barb Hepfinger

Barbara J. Hepfinger Jun 25 2016 12:00 AM

My deepest sympathy to the entire Rinkel family. John was a good neighbor . He grew up next door to me on Lincoln Street. He has been a good friend for many years. He will be missed by many. Keeping you all in my prayers.

Bonnie & Ron Holdeman Jun 24 2016 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Rinkel family and friends. I was lucky enough to have John help raise me while I was growing up and got to know the family very well. He will be missed greatly, but he is not in pain anymore and up in heaven with his mom and dad watching over us all and catching lots of big fish. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do for you.

Leslie Sherman, Keith Jones & Ray Sherman-Jones Jun 24 2016 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to you and all your family. We will keep you all in our prayers.

Hank & Judy Ashton Jun 24 2016 12:00 AM

The Hepfinger sends our deepest sympathies, John and I ( Michael ) ran around together in the 1970. I have known him for a long time. Shared lots of memories. Time will heal all. Fred, Michael, Barb, and Melanie Hepfinger

Barbara J. Hepfinger Jun 24 2016 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy To the entire Rinkel Family, John Was a friend < and He was Like Second Family To Me along withe Rest Of the family ( Grace ) Worked In His Mother Resturant ( Towns )in1961 & 2 Knew Them Very Well, Thank You for All Time Spent On Swanton Rescue,John's Mother Was the best < Like a second mother To me And Good friend, She Is Sadly Missed. John As well. Thinking Of you In This Sad time. will remember you all In My prayers.

Grace & Don Bauman Jun 24 2016 12:00 AM

Our deepest condolences to you Phil and the rest of the family, so sorry for the loss of your brother.

Michael and Betty Klavinger Jun 24 2016 12:00 AM

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