G.F. (Fred) Rinehart Jr.

June 10, 2013

George Frederick (Fred) Rinehart, Jr. passed away June 10, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary McKinney Rinehart and George F. Rinehart and his wife Barbara Ward Rinehart. Fred was born in February 23, 1935, and lived his entire life in Kirklin, graduating from Kirklin High School where was a star athlete for the Travelers. He lettered 16 times before graduating and met the girl of his dreams there. He attended Indiana University, but returned home to marry Barbara, his high school sweetheart. Fred farmed a portion of the family homestead, a centennial farm, that dated from the pre-Civil War Era and the Homestead Act. He and Barbara traveled extensively from South Africa to Monaco and on to Hawaii and many others spots in the United States in the course of their more than 50 year marriage. Fred was a big bear of a fellow with a voice that bellowed, a hug that enveloped and a heart that embraced. He was loved by friends and acquaintances who remember his willingness to share whatever he and Barbara had if they were in need. He kept in contact with his friends at the restaurant he opened nearly a decade ago, “Fredy’s,” in downtown Kirklin or at the American Legion Hall Post 310 of which he was a member. Fred was a small town boy at heart with a love for all his animals and friends. He delighted in entertaining his younger cousins on visits to Freddy’s farm. He loved all sports and held tickets to the Colts from the time of their arrival in Indianapolis.

Visitation and Services

A memorial service will take place on Tuesday, June 18, at 10:30 A.M. at the Goodwin Funeral Home in Frankfort, Indiana. Family members will welcome calling in the hour before the service starting at 9:30 A.M. Following the service, burial will be in McIntire Cemetery. In lieu flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.

Survived by:

Fred will be remembered by many friends, but especially by his extended family members. His surviving cousins include Bert Wilhoite, Ann Brilley and Matilda Wilhoite. In addition, the King family members, Ann, Debbie King Andre, Daniel, Brian, Bill, and Catherine King Taylor hold fond memories of life with Freddy. Barbara’s siblings, Mike and Suzanne, also survive.


10 Condolences for “G.F. (Fred) Rinehart Jr.”

  1. Nelda “Suzie” Nance Rimstidt June 13, 2013 at 3:05 am

    I’m so sorry to hear of Freddie’s death. I’m also noticing that Chipper’s–Adrian–name was missing from the list of surviving cousins. Has he passed? We were the same age, so we were closer when we were young kids. It would be fun to see Bert, Ann and Matilda. You’ll be like me, no reason to ever go to Kirklin now. Or maybe you do have other friends there, so I shouldn’t presume that. We lost both of my brothers, Ralph and Frank in the last 5 years, Frank before Ralph. Lee Anna has 4 children and 5 grandchildren and lives in Terre Haute. We have 2 children, but neither is married. Heather is a school psychologist in Barrington, IL. Todd lives in Northern IN. I just retired at the end of 2012. Bob, my husband, retired a few years ago.
    Again, you have my sympathy. Nelda “Suzie” Rimstidt

  2. Jeanie Borer June 13, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    I will miss you deeply George, you gave me a shoulder to cry on after I lost my dad seven yrs ago. I will never forget that or seeing your face as you played poker at Baileys (Bubbaz). Godspeed George. My deepest sympathy to his family.

  3. Toni Brooks June 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    I will miss you so much Georgie…I will miss playing poker with you my friend. R.I.P dear friend & my sympathy goes out to the family.

  4. Justen Greenwood June 13, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    He was always so kind to everybody he meet. The talks that he and I had between games of cards will stick with me forever. Always willing to lend a helping hand, give you a ear, or help you with advice. George will truly be missed. Heaven flopped the nutz when you George entered the gates.

  5. Anthony Oddi June 13, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    To one of the greatest men I have ever met, you will be dearly missed. I will always remember that smiling face. All the times watching all the sporting events all the one dollar bills you took from me in the end my friend you were more than a friend to me you were like a father figure and someone that I learned a lot from. RIP Georgie, I know you’re in a better place now, don’t have to worry about any of those bad bets anymore. Your AA and KK are always gonna be good up in heaven.

  6. Bill King III June 13, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Fred, you are my definition of a “great” man who led life to its fullest. Thanks so much for being a pall bearer for my dad. The entire King family always had a special place in their heart for you. I really regret that we have become such a mobile society and contacts are very few and far between. I am sure if fate had left me in the area we would have spent more time together. Maybe someday………….

  7. Alicia Harrison June 13, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    George I will always remember that laugh and glow you had when I walked up to you every time. Such a kind and caring man will be greatly missed by many.

  8. Dustin Hickman June 14, 2013 at 12:02 am

    You don’t have to worry about 7-3 off anymore, pal. Class act with a booming laugh that always lit the room up. I knew George, but Freddy sounded like a heckuva guy. Slow-Roll Forever my friend.
    I want to thank his family for sharing him with all of us suckouts down South.
    God speed George.
    God speed

  9. Keith and Terrie Nicely (Alyson Nicely) June 14, 2013 at 2:43 am

    God wanted the kindest, biggest hearted person in heaven, and George was the chosen one. Enjoy those poker tables in heaven. Keith Dad will join you at the table. Have always loved you and you will be missed.

  10. Jason and DeAnn Berry June 18, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    Freddy will be missed by so many people. He had the biggest heart and would do anything for anybody he know or strangers. We will always remember the time we went to Las Vegas with him and what a crazy driver he was. He lit up the room no matter where he was and always had a smile on his face. Will be missed greatly by the Berry Family.

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