Harry M. Rinker

Harry M. Rinker, 75, of La Porte, passed away peacefully at 7:15 p.m., Monday, January 17, 2022 at Northwest Health, La Porte.


He was born August 22, 1946, in La Porte, Indiana, to Harry “Lee” and Dolores (Salisbury) Rinker.


Harry was a member of First Church of God, La Porte for the past five years and was a man of many talents working in various positions.  He was formerly employed with Whirlpool and was a car salesman for Rudd Oldsmobile, La Porte.  For over 30 years, Harry drove a charter bus and visited every state in the United States except for two. He also drove for the Notre Dame soccer team, football team, and glee club.  He coached a women’s national softball team, was a member of the Maple City Cadets Drum Corps. and Shriner’s.  Harry was a Master Mason and an Indiana University Basketball fanatic. He was a people person with a big heart who never met a stranger.  His family will dearly miss him and the delicious pancakes that he lovingly prepared for them. 


On May 8, 1982 in Union Mills, Indiana, he married Tammera (Smith) Rinker, who survives.


Also surviving are his six children, Shellie (Tom) Kermin of La Porte, Connie (Chuck) Noel of New Carlisle, Julie (Scott) McGinnis of Chesterton, Jennie Rinker of La Porte, Ryan (Trina) Rinker of Valparaiso, and Lynnsie (Andrew) Micetich of Rolling Prairie; one brother, Roger (Babs) Rinker of Kingsbury; thirteen grandchildren, Andrew (Erin) Kermin, Christopher (Melody) Kermin, Abbigale (Avery) Simpson, Kendall (Faith Fyffe) Noel, Tyler (Madi) Long, Nicholas Gragido, Nathan  Gragido, Natalie Micetich, Rachel Rinker, Ryan Rinker, Aubrie Micetich, Haylie Micetich, and Andrew Micetich; five great-grandchildren, Aiden Simpson, Elliott Kermin, Eleanor Long, Oliver Kermin, and Mia Kermin; mother-in-law, Shirlene Neukam of La Porte; two very best friends, Rich Capone and Scott Martinsen; and his beloved dog, Romeo.

Preceding in death were his parents, Harry “Lee” Rinker and Dolores Roscka; grandparents, Ida and Harry Lloyd Rinker; and great-grandchild, Jordyn Rinker.


A funeral service celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, January 21, 2022 at First Church of God, 2020 E Lincolnway, La Porte. Visitation and viewing will be held from 4 - 8 p.m., Thursday, January 20, 2022 at Lakeview Funeral Home and Crematory, 247 W. Johnson Rd., La Porte and from 10 a.m. until the time of service, Friday at the church. Cremation will take place following the service.


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Memorial contributions may be directed to First Church of God, 2020 E. Lincolnway, La Porte, IN 46350, In loving memory of Harry M. Rinker.

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