MOUNT VERNON — Donald C. Rine Sr., 87, of Mount Vernon died Thursday, March 21, 2013, at Riverside Methodist Hospital.
He was born Aug. 28, 1925, near New Gilford to John L. and Elsie M. ( Oldaker ) Rine.
Don was a graduate of Union Local High School in 1943 and immediately joined the U. S. Army. He left for service in World War II Christmas Day 1944 and served as a Staff Sargent with the First Armored Calvary. He was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart along with many citations for his service to his country. He was a Past Commander and life member of the V.F.W., life member of the Disabled American Veterans, member of Moose Lodge 35 and their Dad’s Club, Kokosing Valley Antique Tractor Club, and the Mulberry Street United Methodist Church.
Don retired as a machinist in 1982 from Rockwell Standard. After retiring, he then worked for the Dilley Funeral Home for more than ten years.
Don is survived by his wife, Naomi who he married Oct. 7, 1944, in Fla. Additional survivors are his son, Donald D. ( Cheryl ) Rine of Mt. Vernon; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; son, Scott Rine; great-grandson, Sebastion Scott; and sisters, Lena and Edna Rine and Esther Ryan.
Friends may call at the Dilley-Lasater Funeral Home Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. Don’s funeral service will be held Monday at the funeral home at 11 a.m. The burial will be in Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens with full military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans in Don’s name.
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