Dr. Joseph Earl ‘Joe’ Rinehart

March 19, 1930 ‒ June 01, 2017

Waldo, Ohio

Dr. Joseph Earl “Joe” Rinehart, age 87, of Waldo, Ohio, passed away on Thursday, June 1, 2017, with his family by his side.

Joe was born on March 19, 1930, in Mount Gilead, the son of the late Lemoine D. “LD” and Annabel (Brown) Rinehart.

He earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1955 and his Masters of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in 1969, both from The Ohio State University.

Joe worked in a private veterinary practice in Mt. Vernon from 1955 to 1961 and then with the United States Department of Agriculture from 1961 to 1993 where he served as a brucellosis epidemiologist from 1969 to 1993.

He was a member of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association, Wayne Grange, and Chester Masonic Lodge. Joe also was a Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. His passions include being an avid outdoorsman who loved to fish, hunt, and garden. Joe was also a skilled woodworker.

Joe is survived by his wife, Betty (Phillips) Rinehart, whom he married on June 19, 1955; his children: Nancy Rinehart of Chicago, IL, Janet (Greg) Kim of Norfolk, VA, Laurie (Tim) Thompson of Gahanna, and Joseph (Nan) Rinehart of Fargo, ND; grandchildren: Katie Rinehart, Micah Kim, Emily Kim, Noah Thompson, Joel Thompson, Joshua Rinehart, and Jacob Rinehart; four sisters; a brother; and special nephew, Dwight Phillips.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister; a grandson, Ben Sheets; and a son-in-law, Marvin Sheets.

A graveside service to celebrate Joe’s life will be at 2:00 PM, on Monday, June 5, 2017, at Maple Grove Cemetery in Chesterville, OH, with Rev. Joe Sopher officiating.

Joe’s family thanks the staff at Mother Angeline McCrory Manor and OhioHealth Hospice for their kindness and compassion. Donations may be made in Joe’s memory to OhioHealth Hospice or to a charity of one’s choice.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Joe’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • Our warmest wishes to Mrs. Rinehart on the passing of her dear husband, Dr. Rinehart. Having known Laurie and Tim from law school days, we have been welcomed in as an extension of their family and celebrated in life’s joys and shed tears during the heartbreaks over the years. We are saddened at the loss of Laurie’s father and wish the family our most sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. With sympathy, Love Dina & Brian

  • Remembering our days at Chester Franklin schools and Ohio State. WE always kept in touch with holiday greetings thru the years. Our class known as the 49ers had a fine journey to DC AFTER GRADUATION. Joe was always an inspiration for me to continue educational endeavors. Heartfelt thoughts to a special family, from a friend and classmate. Ramona Mercer

  • Dear Laurie, Janet, Nancy, Joe(y), and Mrs, Rinehart:

    Kevin and I were so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad/husband and grandfather. Our hearts go out to all of you as you deal with this loss.

    Kevin and Sharon DeLay

  • Joe was always an inspiriration for his academic endeavours and work ethic. It was a joy knowing him. We extend our sympathy to his family who are also good people.

    Richard Eugene James and Fabianita

  • Betty and families, so sorry for the passing of your loved one. Many blessings and prayers at this time of sorrow.

  • Betty and Family,
    I was so sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. Our class is dwindling. But we have a lot of fond memories. So sorry I can’t be present for his services today but I’ll be there in my thoughts. Prayers are with you today.
    A former classmate,
    Bonnie E. Hobson

  • Laurie and family,
    We are so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Mark and Connie Lechleitner

  • Betty and Family,

    Please accept our sympathies on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We are so sorry that we did not know about the ceremony until it was too late to attend. Again, our condolences. Mike and Judy Keil