Eugene C. Rinehart

October 14, 1926 ‒ November 16, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

Eugene Clifford Rinehart, 92, of Delaware passed away Friday evening, November 16, 2018 at his daughter’s residence.

He was born October 14, 1926 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Clifford and Goldie (Gaines) Rinehart and later proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy during World War II. In 1947, Gene married the love of his life, Betty Jean Lemaster, and together they shared 63 years of marriage before her passing in 2010.

Following his love of cars, Gene retired after 40 years as a mechanic with Kreiger Ford in Columbus. He was also a devoted and faithful member of the Eastside Mission Church. He enjoyed working on cars and watching NASCAR. He also built and raced stock cars for many years on the ARCA circuit and enjoyed watching round track racing.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Diane (Mike) Brown of Delaware; sons, Fred (Susie) Rinehart of Delaware, Clifford (Bev) Rinehart, and William Rinehart of Powell; 16 grandchildren including his caregiver Lacey, 32 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great grandchildren; brother, Ed (Chick) Rinehart of Columbus; special cousin, Suzanne Starbuck of Delaware; several nieces and nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and special friends from Case Street in Powell also survive.

In addition to his parents and wife, Gene was also preceded in death by his son Jerry Lee Rinehart and 2 brothers Ralph and Don Rinehart.

The family will receive friends on Friday, November 23, 2018 from 12:00 – 3:00 pm at the Eastside Mission Church, 32 Joy Avenue, Delaware, where funeral services will follow at 3:00 pm with Rev. Donnie Akers officiating. Burial will follow in Kingwood Memorial Park Cemetery with military honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Association.

Contributions in Gene’s memory may be made to the Eastside Mission Church Building Fund.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve this veteran of “The Greatest Generation”.

To share a fond memory of Gene or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • I’m sorry for your loss. May the God of all comfort be with you during this difficult time. You have my condolences.

  • To the family of Gene, We were sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. Know that your family”s. in our prayers . Gene was one of my older cousins he was always very nice to me when I saw him. He was a very quite man but had many friends Jack really enjoyed talking to him.
    Love your cousin Janet and Jack Downey

  • PRAYERS OF COMFORT AND CONDOLENCES TO YOUR FAMILY IN THE WAKE OF GENE’S PASSING. GENE WAS FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER MY FATHER (BUDDY’S) ONLY REAL FRIEND. HE ALWAYS SPOKE HIGHLY OF HIM, AND LOOKED FORWARD TO SPENDING HIS SUNDAYS HELPING HIM IN THE GARAGE OR GOING TO FLEA MARKETS. FROM WHAT I KNOW GENE TAUGHT MY FATHER A LOT IN HIS YOUTH ABOUT BEING A GOOD MECHANIC. I AM THANKFUL FOR THEIR FRIENDSHIP.
    GOD BLESS

  • With great sadness I read of Genes passing. All the years we worked together at Krieger was a time of good memories. Gene was a kindred spirit, a wonderful man to know and talk with. Above all one of the best ” front end mechanics” in the industry. I certainly will cherish his friendship. Condolences to all . May he rest in peace.

  • It is with a saddened heart I learned of Gene’s passing. Gene was a wonderful person who will be missed by all who knew him. A master mechanic who applied his skills and talent without flash and glitter. He was always most helpful in applying his abundant mechanical knowledge. Gene was a kind and gentle person, one of the finest men I ever had the honor to know. His extraordinary expertise was only surpassed by his pleasant demeanor and true friendship. The world would surely be a much better place if there were more people like Gene. My sincere sympathy goes to Gene’s family. God be with you.

  • We are praying for your family that you will have peace and comfort in the beautiful memories of your father. He sounds like a wonderful man.
    With love…

  • You are in our thoughts and prayers. May the God of peace give you comfort in this difficult time.
    I have very fond memories of Gene has he spent time with my parents Bobby and Pauline through the years.

  • To The Rinehart Family, So very sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. Cherish the memories. Our Thoughts and prayers are with you all. The Aldrich Family