Melvin E. Rinehart

June 23, 1930 ‒ November 26, 2015

Galion, Ohio

Melvin E. Rinehart, 85, of rural Galion passed away after a brief illness, surrounded by his family, Thursday morning, November 26, 2015 at his residence.

Known to many as Mel, Pop, Mister and Papa, he was a lifelong resident of the area. Mel was born June 23, 1930 in Morrow County and was the son of T. Oris and Myrtle (Miller) Rinehart.

Melvin is survived by his wife of 62 years, Jane (Scheerer) Rinehart who he married on June 19, 1953.

He is also survived by children, Timothy (Teresa) Rinehart and LouAnne (Dave) Delaney all of Galion; proud papa to his three grandchildren Dan Delaney, Stacey Geiger, Stephanie Rinehart and fiancée Colton Cassady; “Old Papa” to his adoring great-grandchildren Wyatt, Carlie and Kendra Geiger; sister Doris Shaffer; sister-in-law Helen Rinehart and many nieces and nephews.

Mel is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Cecil and Bill Rinehart and a sister Pauline Hiler.

At the age of 18, he joined the United States Army and proudly served from 1948-1952 during the Korean War. Melvin worked for the US Post Office as a letter carrier until his retirement in 1987. After retiring, he spent many hours in his wood shop during the winter months and tending to his garden during the summer. Melvin was never afraid of a little hard work and was always the first to offer a helping hand to friends and family.

He had a special relationship with all his grandchildren. By chauffeuring his grandkids to countless practices, sitting through hours of ball games and band concerts, sneaking home donuts for them on “Donut Day” which was on Thursdays. Mel was that special kind of Papa who left behind many cherished memories and will be remembered for his gentle smile and loving heart.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 29, 2015 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 30, with Kevin Lehman officiating. Burial will be in Shauck Cemetery.

Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Army and Galion Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Iberia Volunteer Fire Department in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Melvin Rinehart, and condolences may be made to them at

  • Our deepest sympathy and prayers to you. May His peace and comfort surround you at this time.

  • God bless you all at this time. What a wonderful and kind man. You are such a wonderful family. Now you get to carry on the great times he has started. God be with you and give you great peace! Cheryl Wynn

  • We are so sorry for your loss and are praying for comfort at this time. Lean on God in the tough times and rejoice in the many memories you have of the good times. God Bless you all.

  • We are so sorry to read about the death of Mr. Rinehart, he worked with my Father at the Post Office. I had been talking to him at McDonald’s when I went there in the morning.All of those old timers were good men and had a good time working together.Thinking of all of you.

  • My deepest condolences to the family, I just heard about Melvin passing and I am so sorry, My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May he RIP and may you all find comfort knowing he had a good life and a loving family. Sincerely Barbara Ann Young-Kendall-Young