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October 16, 2013

John Thomas Rinehart

John Thomas Rinehart

KOKOMO — John Thomas Rinehart, 86, Kokomo, formerly of Logansport, passed away at 10:05 p.m. Tuesday Oct. 15, 2013, at Golden Years Residential Assisted Living Center, Kokomo.

Born on July 23, 1927, he was the son of the late J. Earl and Mary B. (Wagoner) Rinehart.

John was born and raised on the family farm in Cass County near Burrows and loved the outdoors, his family, hard work, and helping others.

John was a 1945 graduate of Logansport High School.

From March of 1946 to Aug. 1947, he served in Japan with the U.S. Army. John went on to graduate with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Indiana Technical College of Fort Wayne in 1951.

On Aug. 29, 1952, he married Peggy Ann Powlen and they raised four children, Pam, Mark, Kevin, and Brian.

For over 60 years, John had a career in engineering beginning as a Project Manager for James I. Barnes Construction Company in Logansport and later serving as a Branch Manager for Barnes in Springfield, Ohio. He also served as the City Engineer for the city of Logansport from 1960 through 1962. For 10 years, he worked for the Purdue Research Foundation representing owner’s interests on major public works projects in Indianapolis, Batesville, Logansport, Frankfort, Lebanon, Greencastle, Peru and LaFountaine.

John is survived by wife, Peggy Rinehart of Kokomo; daughter, Pam Sovik of Grove City, Ohio; Mark Rinehart (Christy) of Lebanon, Kevin Rinehart of Pendleton, and Brian Rinehart of Atlanta, Ga.; sisters; Deloris Mullin of Logansport, and Carol Chambers of Galveston, and brother, Dick Rinehart (Polly) of Delphi, and sister-in-law Phyllis Rinehart of Logansport. He is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren with another soon to arrive.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Bob Rinehart and Don Rinehart.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Marocco – Rans Funeral Chapel in Logansport with Tom Clear officiating. Burial will be at Mount Hope Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Instead of memorial contributions, the family has requested that in honor and memory of John, you do something to help someone.

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