David Arnold Rinker

August 6, 1934 - November 17, 2018

David Arnold Rinker, 84, of Romney passed away Saturday, November 17, 2018 at the Hospice of the Panhandle facility in Kearneysville, WV.  Born August 6, 1934 in Junction, he was the son of the late Dallas I. and Ethel Lee (Arnold) Rinker.

Besides his parents, Dave is preceded in death by his brother, Ivan “Squeak” Rinker.

Dave is survived by his wife of 60 years, Alice Marie (Dean) Rinker.  His son, Jamey Rinker and wife Penny of Romney.  His two sisters, Mary Louise Hartsock of Frederick, MD and Beall Sions of Burlington as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Dave graduated Romney High School, Class of 1951.  Following high school, he entered into the US Army Reserves and cut and hauled pulp wood.  Throughout his work career, he was a dispatcher for the West Virginia State Police, employed at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory, and in 1980 he started working for Kelly-Springfield Tire Co. from which he retired with 25+ years of service.  Dave also had the first STIHL dealership in Hampshire Co.

Dave loved cutting firewood and working in the woods.  He had many interests including woodworking, gardening, and tending to his small orchard behind the house.  He was a quiet, private person, but would help out anyone in need.  He was kind to everyone and really enjoyed his Saturday mornings at McDonald’s with the locals.

He was a man of many traits and had a certain way of doing things.   Dave was proud of his garden, his roses, and he loved his son Jamey.  He will be sadly missed, especially by his furry friend, Rascal.

Friends will be received on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 from 11:00 AM till 12:00 Noon at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney.  Funeral services will immediately follow at 12:00 Noon with Pastor Kevin Hay officiating.  Interment will be at St. Lukes Cemetery, River Rd., Romney.

In lieu of flowers, please address memorial contributions to:  Hospice of the Panhandle ~ 278 North High St. ~ Romney, WV 26757

Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home, Romney 304.822.3511


Jamie Kidwell November 19, 2018

12 condolences for “David Arnold Rinker”

  1. Dear family
    I’m so sorry to read about the passing of your loved one.. I know from experience that times like these can be especially hard on the family. For myself I turned to 1 Corinthians 15:26. There It tells us that death will be brought to nothing- abolished! And John 5:28 helped me to see that I can see my loved ones again! And so can you my friend. I hope these scriptures have added some relief to your grief. Please accept my heartfelt condolences during this difficult time.

  2. Jamey, Penny and Alice: We just learned of the passing of your dad/husband and we are so sorry. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you during this most difficult time. Your dad was a good man. May God Bless each of you during this most difficult time.

  3. Alice, Jamie and family, our sincere thoughts and prayers. May your memories be like warm hugs.

  4. To count Dave and his family as friends is an honor. Most sincere condolences to Alice and the entire family. Your faith is a strong comfort.

  5. Alice and Jamey, Our thoughts are for you and your family, for the comfort of God’s love, for the support of your family and friends during this time, for the memories you have of Dave and his love for you. We recall some of those memories of times we shared with you. Our prayers are for your comfort as you “go through this valley.” Our love, Don and Frances

  6. So sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. He was a kind, good and gentle man and sorely missed by many. We will be thinking of all of you as you grieve his passing.

  7. Our Prayers are with you , Alice and Jamie. certainly will miss Dave coming in the DQ. You were neighbors when the DQ was next to your home on 28. always enjoyed you being around and felt safe when I was working there alone.
    Dave will be missed. Love you.

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