Duane D. Rinkel, 69, of rural Bryan, died at 5 a.m. Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Bryan Care and Rehabilitation Center, where he had been a patient since June 6.
He was born on Aug. 6, 1942, in Defiance, the son of James P. and Dortha G. (Crites) Rinkel Sr., and they preceded him in death.
He is survived by one brother, James P. (Margie) Rinkel Jr. of Bryan; two nephews, Tony J. Rinkel of St. Marys and Scott A. (Tricia) Rinkel of Defiance; one niece, Melissa (Scott) Maneval of West Unity; five great-nieces and great-nephews, Alexandra, Emily and Timothy Maneval and Landon and Lance Rinkel.
Mr. Rinkel was a 1960 graduate of Edgerton High School, where he was a member of the 1959 state championship basketball team. He was a lifelong farmer, working on the family farm near Bryan and was also employed as a tool and die maker with Challenge-Cook Bros. for many years until the plant closed. He then worked for NEMCO in Hicksville and retired from Martin-Sprocket in Montpelier.
He also served in the Army Reserves from 1964-70.
Duane was an accomplished woodworker and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a sports enthusiast, playing basketball for the Edgerton Town Team sponsored by Strup Insurance and also played fast-pitch softball and bowled for the Pierce Sunoco Teams in Edgerton. Most of all, he enjoyed following Edgerton athletics and watching his nieces and nephews participate in their sporting events and activities.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Krill Funeral Home, 860 W. Mulberry St., Bryan. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery, Edgerton.
Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Williams County Humane Society, to Calvary United Methodist Church in Williams Center or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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