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Charles A. Rinker

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Charles A. Rinker

East Wenatchee, WA

Chuck Rinker was born on June 13, 1932, in Perry, IA, to Isabelle Needham and Albert Rinker. In 1937, his family moved to Cass Lake, MN, where he lived until he enrolled in the University of North Dakota. In 1954, he took a sabbatical from college to join the Navy and trained in Aerography (meteorology). He spent most of his four navy years in Yokosuka, Japan, where he met and married his first wife of 28 years, Teruko Suzuki in 1956. After the Navy, he earned his BA and MA at Bemidji State and took teaching jobs in Cass Lake, MN in 1960 and in Omak, WA from 1963 through 1966. An era where he also was very active in working summers for the Forest Service fighting fires and forest management. He finished his career at Sterling (Eastmont) Junior High in 1966, where he became Vice Principal in 1972. He married Jacque Sundahl Lee in 1989 and retired from education in 1991. He was an honored member of Sunrise Lions Club and enjoyed hunting, fishing, landscaping, collecting decoys and old tools. He was very social, rarely sitting still for five minutes and loved his family, pets, and many friends. He was rarely seen without a dog by his side. He will be missed, but put to rest on a family bluff overlooking the enchantments.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Jacque; his son, Eric Rinker (Jennifer); his step children, Gretchen Hillman (Ed), Kevin Lee (Cindy) and Eric Lee (Angel); 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.

An open house celebration of his life will be held at his home in East Wenatchee between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., Saturday, July 13, 2013. Memorials may be made to the Wenatchee Valley Humane Society, Fred Hutchinson, or American Heart Association.

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