David L. Rinehart

October 14, 1926 ‒ September 04, 2009

Palm Beach Shores, Florida and formerly of Johnsville, Ohio

David L. Rinehart, devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, age 82, of Palm Beach Shores, Florida went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Friday September 4, 2009 at Hospice of Palm Beach.

He was born in Galion, Ohio, on October 14, 1926, the son of the late Ernest and Edna (Cox) Rinehart. David was a graduate of Johnsville High School in the Class of 1944, Ashland College in 1955 receiving his B.S. in Education and later earning his M.S. in Education in 1959, and the Bowling Green State University in 1967 earning his EdS. in School Administration.

On June 12, 1949, David married his loving wife of 60 years Aldine (Coleman) Rinehart, at the Little White Church in Edison, Ohio.

In 1944, David enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving his country during World War II and the Korean Conflict as a petty officer in communications.

Dedicated to improving the education and lives of children, David taught and coached at the Laurelville School and McClure School where he was promoted to principal. He served as principal at McClure School, Johnsville and Grand Valley Schools. Next, he became school superintendent and served at the Johnsville, Bettsville, Lima-Perry, Tipp City & Loudonville-Perrysville School systems. He also was the Head Master of the Palm Beach Prep School after moving to Florida from Ashtabula in 1973. Throughout his time in school systems, David also followed in the footsteps of his father and brother by painting and decorating for many years on the sidelines.

David was a member of the Royal Poincianna Chapel in Palm Beach and was a founding and continuous member of the American Legion, Ernest B. Rinehart Post #754 in Johnsville, the American Association of School Administrators, the Ohio Educators Association, various Local Education Associations, and several Rotary Clubs.

David will be remembered for his love of life, his ability to make everyone feel important, the tremendous love and pride he had for his family, his dedication to education, his sense of humor, and his enjoyment of sports. He was deeply loved by his family, his many close relatives, and his many life long friends.

In addition to his wife, he will be greatly missed by two sons, Dr. David (Ann Marie) Rinehart II of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Dr. Douglas (Candace) Rinehart of Palm City, Florida; one daughter, Diane Cunningham of Palm Beach Shores, Florida; seven grandchildren: Kaylyn Cunningham, David III, Matthew, Allison, Luke, Jordyn, and Zachary Rinehart; one great-grandchild Sean Rinehart; and two sisters, Frances Hoam McWilliams of Johnsville and Evalyn Likins of Gambier, Ohio, along with many loving nieces, nephews, and life long friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Esther Lanker and his brother, Lowell Rinehart.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday September 8, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Claude Likins officiating at the Snyder Funeral Home, 76 South Main Street, Mount Gilead. Burial with military honors by the American Legion, Ernest B. Rinehart Post #754 will follow in Shauck Cemetery in Johnsville, Ohio. Friends may call on the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Gideons International or the American Legion, Ernest B. Rinehart Post #754, Johnsville, Ohio.

Online condolences can be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com .