2018-08-08 / Obituaries


DAVID RINKE, 78, recently of Lapeer (formerly of Capac), passed away Sunday, July 29, 2018, at his home, surrounded by his family.

David Clement Rinke was born on February 22, 1940 to Clement C. Rinke and Margaret (DeFour) Rinke, in Detroit. He graduated in 1958 from St. Clement High School in Centerline. Dave married Dorothy Cecelia Romzek on May 13, 1961 in Warren. He was a loving husband for 57 years, father of six, grandfather of eight, greatgrandfather of three, brother, friend of many and a man of faith. They lived in Capac for 36 years before moving to Lapeer.

Dave is survived by his wife, Dorothy; children, Dean (Louann) Rinke of Lynn, Dale (Geri) Rinke of Almont, Daniel Rinke of Lansing, Joseph (Prima) Rinke of Troy and Rosemarie (Josh) Dodson of Oxford; grandchildren, Eric (Melanie) Rinke, Renee (Ruben) Hernandez, Carisa Rinke, David Rinke, Elizabeth Rinke, Nikhail Rinke, Imani Rinke and Marley Dodson; and his great-grandchildren, Aaron, Benjamin and Oliver. He is also survived by his siblings, Dennis Rinke, Diane Hicks, Alan Rinke, Sylvia Stoddard, Kathleen Lund and Steven Rinke.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clement and Margaret Rinke; infant daughter, Marian; infant brother, Charles; and his brother, Ronald.

Dave was an award-winning car salesman known as “The Bald Eagle”. He worked in auto sales at several dealerships. He started out working for his father at Clement Rinke Ford in Warren, then on to Rinke Jeep in Mt. Clemens, Peterson & Son in Lapeer, Thomas Ford in Lapeer and LaFontaine Ford in Imlay City. Dave retired in 2010 from auto sales, but remained very active. Dave served as a faith-filled member of St. Nicolas Catholic Church in Capac. He was also a hardworking farmer, raising excellent beef cattle and crops (he was considered a “cow whisperer”) and trained dogs (a “dog whisperer”). Dave was also a dedicated leader in the 4-H program for Lynn Township and St. Clair County. He looked like James Dean and raced cars as a young man, but retired from selling cars to restore antique tractors.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions may direct them to: Servants of the Word, P.O. Box 39, Dexter, MI 48130.

A Memorial Mass will be held 10 a.m., Saturday, August 11, 2018 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 404 N. Dayton, Davison. Rev. Fr. John Machiorlatti will officiate. The family will be available for visitation 2-5 and 6-8 p.m., Friday, August 10 at Muir Brothers Funeral Home, 225 N. Main Street, Imlay City and 9-10 a.m., Saturday, August 11, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church. A Celebration of Life will take place at 6:30 p.m., Friday, August 10 at Muir Brothers of Imlay City.

Funeral arrangements were made by Muir Brothers Funeral Home of Imlay City. Please be sure to sign our on-line register at muirbrothersfh.com

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