John H. Rinehart, 85

SEPT. 23, 1926-FEB. 3, 2012

February 06, 2012
  • John H. Rinehart
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Mr. John Harvey Rinehart, 85, of Smithsburg, Md., died Friday evening, Feb. 3, 2012, at Leesburg Regional Medical Center, Leesburg, Fla. He had been in failing health for the past three years. 

Born Sept. 23, 1926, in Ringgold, Md., he was the son of the late D. Eldred and Mary E. (Davis) Rinehart.

He was a lifelong resident of Ringgold and in his later years lived part time in Leesburg.

Mr. Rinehart graduated with the 1945 class of Smithsburg High School.

Following graduation, he partnered with his father in the family orchard business, currently operating as Rinehart Orchards Inc.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth “Betty” (Kerfoot) Rinehart, on Dec. 20, 1979. He remarried on Jan. 20, 1996, to Martha L. (Ashby) Rinehart. She died Sept. 27, 2006.

Mr. Rinehart was a member of Waynesboro Church of the Brethren, Waynesboro, Pa., where he served on the church finance board and was a Mason for more than 60 years as a member of the following organizations: Salem Lodge AF & AM Lodge 196, Smithsburg, where he served as worshipful master in 1957; Scottish Rite of Consistory and Royal Order of Jesters, both of Cumberland, Md.; Hagerstown Shrine Club; and Hagerstown Chapter 89 Order of the Eastern Star. He was also a member of Maryland Horticulture Society, BPO Elks Lodge 378, Hagerstown, and Rotary Club of Long Meadow, Hagerstown.

He enjoyed boating, golfing and traveling.

Mr. Rinehart is survived by three daughters, Mary Edna Leedy, Harrisburg, Pa., Gina E. Ferree, Midlothian, Va., and Jo Ellen Cornelius, Piney Point, Md.; a son, John D. “JD” Rinehart, Smithsburg; six grandchildren; one great-grandson; a sister, Mary Susan Elgin, Hagerstown; his companion, Edna M. Naylor of Smithsburg; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at Grove-Bowersox Funeral Home, 50 S. Broad St., Waynesboro, with Pastor Amy Messler officiating. Burial will follow in Ringgold Cemetery.  A Masonic funeral will be held by the members of Salem Lodge 196 at 11 a.m. Saturday, just prior to the religious service. 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services Saturday at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 3551 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140; or to the charity of your choice.

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