James Franklin Rinehart was born November 4, 1920 to Herschel and Augusta (Skouby) Rinehart and passed away on Friday, August 27, 2021 at the age of 100 years and 9 months.
Jim attended eight years at the Oak Grove School and he completed high school in Bland, Missouri.
Jim was raised attending the Oak Grove Church of Christ and was baptized into Christ in 1942. He remained a faithful Christian.
He farmed with his family and worked various jobs in the community until he was drafted into the army in August of 1942. During his service, Jim fought in the Italian Campaign.
He returned home in 1945, having received a Purple Heart and other honors. He then attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science.
Jim enjoyed working with the farmers and the youth in the community through his jobs with County Extension in Salem, Missouri, a chicken hatchery and feed store, teaching at the Miles School and the St. James High School, where he taught Physical Education and was an Assistant Coach. He worked for the Federal Land Bank and Production Credit.
In retirement, Jim worked his farm, enjoying the cattle and horses. Jim was a bachelor, but was the keeper of family photographs, family stories and family values.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herschel and Augusta Rinehart; brothers, Morris Branstetter, Hanson Rinehart, Bill Rinehart, Tom Rinehart and Jesse Rinehart; one sister, Mary (Rinehart) Frost, sisters-in-law, Francis Branstetter, Mary Belle Rinehart, Fern Rinehart, Kathleen Rinehart, and Patty Rinehart and one brother-in-law, Garth Frost.
He is survived by a brother, Martin Rinehart of Rolla, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Betty Rinehart of St. James, Missouri; other relatives and friends.
Visitation was held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, September 3, 2021 at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.
Funeral service was held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 4, 2021 at the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri with Steve Helterbrand and Robert Rinehart officiating. Music provided by nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Jamie Rinehart, Brad Bunyard, Larry Rinehart, Scott Rinehart, Randy Rinehart, Phil Branstetter. Honorary pallbearers were Jim Branstetter, Robert McIntosh and Jerry McIntosh.
Burial with full military honors were conducted at the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Arrangements under the direction of the Jones Funeral Home in St. James, Missouri.