Obituary - William Gene Rinker

William Gene Rinker

William Gene Rinker died Aug. 6 in Arizona at the age of 90. His family provided the following.

Born in Vincennes, Indiana, to Maurice and Mary Rinker, Bill spent most of his childhood in Terre Haute, Indiana, with his three siblings, Dorothy, Robert and John. He attended Garfield High School and then earned his college degree in electrical engineering from Rose Poly Institute of Technology (Rose Hulman), where he participated in ROTC, played the Hawaiian guitar at local events and pledged ATO fraternity.

Bill proudly served his country as a first lieutenant in the Army Corps of Engineers and spent 17 months in the Korean War, where he built relief route bridges. Following the war, he married Barbara Forbes, and after several years of transfers while he worked with General Electric they made their home in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He worked for GE’s Specialty Motors Department for over 35 years, and they raised children Cindi and Mike.

After spending many vacations in the Yellowstone and Jackson Hole area, Bill and Barb bought property in the Buffalo Valley and built a beautiful log home, where they retired. Bill called the valley his home for 30 years and spent his time fly-fishing, making contacts and friends through ham radio, enjoying astronomy and spending time with his family. He is survived by wife Barbara, children Cindi Petera and Mike Rinker, five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and twin brother Bob. Your heartfelt thoughts and prayers are kindly appreciated.

There will be no services at this time, but donations in Bill’s name can be made to

Contact Johanna Love at 732-7071 or

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