Ernest Alvin Rhinesmith, 82, Mongo, died Wednesday, July 23, 2013 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Ft. Wayne, Ind.
He was born March 6, 1932, in Elkhart County, to Rollin and Mary B. (Mickem) Rhinesmith.
Living all his life in LaGrange County, he worked in management at the former Dalton/Newnam Foundry in Kendallville, Ind., from 1951-2009. He was currently working at Gunthorp Farms in rural LaGrange. He was a member of Mongo United Methodist Church since 1946, holding numerous positions within the church. He was also a fireman with Mongo Volunteer Fire Department for many years.
He was married August 10, 1951, in South Milford, Ind., to Della Lorraine Bell. She survives.
Also surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Rhonda and Reverend James Bartlett of Mongo; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Sherryl Rhinesmith, Wolcottville, IN; son-in-law Duane Bowman III, Mongo; 20 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one brother and sister-in-law, Eddie and Sue Rhinesmith, Howe.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rollin Rhinesmith and Mary B. Rhinesmith-Ruff, and two daughters, Debra K. Miller and Mary C. Bowman.
Visitation is 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 25, and 10-11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at Mongo United Methodist Church.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, July 26, at Mongo United Methodist Church with Reverend James Bartlett officiating.
Burial will be in Mongo Community Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to Mongo United Methodist Church.
Online condolences may be sent at www.fruripmayfuneral home.com.
Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange is in charge of arrangements.