In Memory

John David Rhine - Class Of 1942

John David Rhine

 John D. Rhine, 84, a longtime resident of Delphi, died Friday, June 12, 2009, at 3:50 a.m. at Milner Community Health Care Center in Rossville where he had been a resident for a year and nine months.
  Born Oct. 26, 1924, in Clinton County, he was the son of the late David S. and Mary A. Merrill Rhine.  His marriage was on April 13, 1947, at the Delphi United Methodist Church, to Ruth M. Hildebrandt, who survives him.
  Mr. Rhine was a 1942 graduate of Delphi High School.  He graduated from Diesel Mechanic School in Ames, Iowa, while serving in the U.S. Navy.
  A veteran of World War II, he served in the Navy from Dec. 17, 1942, to Feb. 5, 1946.  He was aboard the USS Wisconsin as a Motor Machinist Mate 2nd Class.  His ship was part of the escort of the USS Missouri where the World War II Peace Treaty was signed.
  Mr. Rhine worked for Public Service Indiana as a line serviceman for over 38 years, retiring in 1987.  He retired from farming in 2000.
  He had been a member of the Delphi United Methodist Church since Dec. 9, 1958, serving on the Board of Trustees, Parsonage Committee, and as Sunday School Superintendent.
  He was also a member of the Delphi American Legion.
  Mr. Rhine enjoyed woodworking and outdoor activities.  He looked forward to going to the USS Wisconsin reunions which he attended beginning in 1988 and did not miss until 2006.
  He enjoyed traveling and volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Tucson, Ariz.
  Surviving with his wife are three daughters, Marie Harris (husband: Dr. Charles) of Carmel, Ellen Hostelter (husband:James) of Tucson, Ariz., and Nancy Farrier (husband: Robert John) of Apple Valley, Calif.; five sisters, Imogene Reed of Colorado Springs, Colo., Betty Smith (husband: Ray) of Sheridan, Wyo., Virginia Morgan and Mary Lauderdale (husband: Otis) both of Delphi, and Ruth Davis of Carmel; a brother, Don Rhine of Delphi; two sisters-in-law, Ruby and Dorothy Rhine; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
  Preceding him in death were three brothers, Maurice, Paul and Roscoe, and a sister, Maxine Rhine Ward.
  Services were held Monday at Davidson Funeral Home in Delphi, Pastor Todd Ladd officiated.  Burial followed at Masonic Cemetery in Delphi with military rites by the Delphi VFW and American Legion.
  Memorials may be made to American Parkinson Disease Association, American Diabetes Association or Habitat for Humanity.
Obituary notice taken from the Carroll County Comet, Wednesday, June 17, 2009