Harold B. Rinker
Posted: Thursday, January 5, 2012 3:36 pm
The Messenger, January 5, 2012
Harold B. Rinker, DVM — our Papa — 78 of West Fork, Ark., formerly of Warren, Ark., completed his journey in this life Jan. 2, 2012, at the Willard Walker Hospice Home in Fayetteville, Ark. He was the father of Michael “Mike” Rinker of Union City.
An outdoor service to celebrate his life will be held at Serenity Place Cemetery, 18489 South Highway 170 in West Fork Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Dress warm and comfortably. Everyone is invited to stay for lunch afterward.
Memorials may be made to the Willard Walker Hospice Home, 325 East Longview Dr., Fayetteville, AR 72703.
He was born Jan. 15, 1933, at the family home near Seneca, N.M. He was a graduate of Clayton New Mexico High School (1951) and furthered his education at Fort Lewis A & M in Colorado (1951-1952), Oklahoma State University (1953-1954) and Oklahoma State University School of Veterinary Medicine (1955-1958). Papa played football for both Fort Lewis A & M and OSU. In 1952 he earned All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-America honors and was Outstanding Athlete of the Year at Fort Lewis A & M, and in 1954 he earned All-Big Eight Conference honors at OSU.
During his professional career Papa taught, was published in numerous trade journals and served as a consultant to the livestock and pharmaceutical industries. He was a founding member of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants. He had veterinary practices in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Papa also worked on the Hopi and Navajo reservations in Arizona and New Mexico. In the latter years of his career, he was an inspector for the USDA. Many young people chose the career of veterinary medicine because of Papa’s mentorship and influence.
Of his many accomplishments, his most important achievements were his continued sobriety as an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 38 years; volunteering for the Washington Regional Hospice program for more than 20 years; and what he has taught his children and grandchildren, by both voice and deed. He lived a life of service and always helped others. Papa was Papa to all of his children and grandchildren and sometimes even their friends. He had tremendous love for his family and friends, as they did for him.
Papa leaves behind his wife of 52 years, Jan; another son and two daughters-in-law, Martin and Tracy Rinker of Hardesty, Okla., and Rhonda Rinker of Union City; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Kim and Scott White of Warren, Ark., and Kelly and Jay Cantrell and Karen Rinker and long-time partner Jake Warnock, all of West Fork; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, who gave him the most satisfaction and pleasure in life; his sister and brother-in-law, Verna Ruth and Dick Carmack of Aztec, N.M.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, the late Roy Booth and Algia Lee (Baker) Rinker; two brothers, Lloyd Rinker and Rex Rinker; and his sister, Lois Reynolds.