Thomas was born Nov. 18, 1917, at Humboldt, the son of Edward H. and Mamie B. (Nickell) Rinehart. He grew up in Humboldt and helped on the family farm along with working as an auto mechanic. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII.
On Nov. 19, 1942, Thomas married Queen Eileen Powers. They made their home in Humboldt, where he worked for Monarch Cement Co. for 30 years, retiring in 1982.
He was a member of Disabled American Veterans.
Survivors are his wife of almost 70 years, Eileen Rinehart of the home; one son, Johnny Lee Rinehart, Humboldt; three daughters, Sandra Sue Hamilton, Gridley, Peggy Jean Murrell, Neodesha, and Patricia Ann Millar of Chanute; 11 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Albert Lee and Lawrence Edward Rinehart, and a sister, Lilly Fern Rinehart.
Cremation has taken place.
A memorial and visitation will be from 6 to 7 tonight at Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel, Iola.
Inurnment will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Humboldt, at a later date.
Memorials are of donor’s choice and may be left with Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel.
Online condolences may be left at www.iolafuneral.com.
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