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Jesse Anthon Rinehart of St. James Missouri passed away in his home on Wednesday February 14, 2018. Jesse Rinehart was 78 years 2 months and 10 days of age.
Jesse Anthon Rinehart was born November 4, 1939 to his parents: Augusta Matilda (Skouby) and Herchell Ezro Rinehart at Redbird, Missouri.
Jesse graduated from John F. Hodge High School in 1957. He was employed by the Missouri Highway Department, California Manufacturing, Kirgan’s Feed Store, The St. James Bank, and First State Bank which became US Bank. Jesse retired from the US Bank in Rolla, Missouri in 2002. Throughout these years, Jesse also enjoyed farming and cutting wood with his family, which he continued to do into his retirement years.
Jesse attended the Oak Grove Church of Christ through out his life. Many of his boyhood memories were of the family and friends of the Oak Grove Church. He was baptized as a young man and served as class teacher, part time preacher, and dedicated elder at the Oak Grove Church of Christ.
On June 9, 1962, Jesse was united in marriage to Betty Lou Wisdom. Jesse was a faithful Christian who lived each day and situation to set a good example for others. He loved Christ and the church. He loved his family and friends.
Jesse enjoyed riding and working with the horses, fishing, and spending time with his family. He loved teaching his children and grandchildren and other young people to ride and fish. Jesse was very hospitable and he loved having young people around. He and Betty often opened their home for family and friends, hosting Bible studies and singings, holiday events, dinners, and the big 4th of July celebration that slowed traffic on I-44.
Surviving Jesse is his wife Betty Lou (Wisdom) Rinehart of the home; children: Nina Helterbrand and husband Steve, Terri Bunyard and husband Brad, Alisha Otis and husband Rusty, and Jamie Rinehart and wife Debby, all of St. James, Missouri. Brothers: James Rinehart and Thomas Rinehart of St. James, Missouri; Martin Rinehart and wife Patty of Rolla, Missouri; Sisters-in-law: Kathleen Rinehart of Cuba, Missouri and Fern Rinehart of St. James, Missouri. Sisters-in-law: Dolly Mounce and husband Bob and Dorthy Wisdom of St. James. Seven grandchildren: Heather Vinyard and husband Joshua of Hermann, Missouri; Katie Moreland and husband Robbie of St. James, Missouri; Samuel Bunyard, Rebecca Bunyard, Isaac Helterbrand, Jacob Rinehart, and Joshua Rinehart of St. James, Missouri. Four great-grandchildren: Emma and Connor Vinyard of Hermann, Missouri and Lydia and Raina Moreland of St. James, Missouri. And many nephews and nieces.
Jesse Rinehart was preceded in death by his parents: Herchell and Augusta Rinehart; three brothers: Morris Branstetter, William Rinehart, and Hansen Rinehart. One sister: Mary Catherine Frost; two sisters-in-law Mary Belle Rinehart and Frances Branstetter; and one brother-in-law Garth Frost.
Jesse was a kind and gentle man with a smile that will always be remembered. He will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Jesse Rinehart will lie in state from 5-8 pm Friday February 16, 2018 at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James.
Funeral Service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday February 17, 2018 at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James with Steve Helterbrand, Larry Morris and Rusty Otis officiating. Pallbears will be Joshua Vineyard, Robbie Moreland, Samuel Bunyard, Isaac Helterbrand, Jacob Rinehart, Joshua Rinehart and Robert Rinehart. Honorary Pallbears will be Jim Branstetter, Robert Mounce, Robert McIntosh, Jerry McIntosh and Allen Copeland. Vocalist will be Dustin and Julie Felan along with Joshua and Jessiqa Morris. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be given to Oak Grove Cemetery, Phelps Regional Hospice or Agency on Aging. On-line condolences at www.jonesfunerals.com
All arrangements are under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Mo.