Richard S. Rinesmith
1943 - 2020
Richard S. Rinesmith, Sr., 76, of Findlay, Ohio and winter resident of Hudson, Florida, passed away at his Findlay residence on March 10, 2020. He was born on July 20, 1943 in Kenton, Ohio to the late Ralph and Cora Rinesmith. He graduated from Ridgedale High School in 1961. Richard was one of the early employees of Whirlpool Corporation in Findlay and retired after 30 years in 1998. Over the next twenty years, he enjoyed driving semis and tractors for farmers in Wyandot County. Richard married Ruby Clark in Morral, Ohio on June 7, 1963. They celebrated 56 years of marriage in 2019, and she survives him. He is also survived by their son, Richard, Jr. of Findlay; daughter, Sheri (Jeff) Coulter of Van Buren; grandchildren: Jayme Rinesmith, Kayla Coulter, Collin Coulter, and Courtney Rinesmith; and great-grandson, Dawson Snare. Richard is survived by sisters: Debra (Darrell) Rose of Marion, Kathy (Dan) Yost of Marion, Rhonda (Terry) Smith of The Villages, FL, and Amy Stoneburner of Seminole, FL; sister-in-law, Vera (Tom) Lines, of Marion; and numerous nieces and nephews. One brother, Steve, preceded him in death. Richard developed a love for tractors and farms during his younger years when he lived with his grandparents while his father served his country in the army. In 1973, he built a four-cylinder garden tractor, Big Blue, and pulled throughout Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio during the summer months. Due to his childrens activities and wanting to promote their interests, he left the circuit in 1977, but continued to utilize Big Blue for working his garden, snow plowing, leveling ground, and of course, rides for the grandchildren. He continued to own Big Blue until it was sold in 2019. In 1981, he returned to tractor pulling with a mini rod tractor, which his daughter Sheri named Daddys Toy. He competed throughout the tri-state area with his son, Richard, Jr., driving in the lightweight class, and he drove in the heavyweight class. His wife, Ruby, picked up the mechanic assistant duties when Richard Jrs college and military duties took priority. In 1990, he added a two-wheel drive vehicle, which was a blend of a Corvette and Trans Am and named it Classy Chassy. He then competed nationally with OSTPA, NTPA, Wolverine Pullers, Outlaw Truck and Tractor Pullers, and winter indoor pulls with Pro Shows and the National Farm and Machinery Show. In 1998, the body was retired and replaced with a stretched 1948 Anglia and named Classy Chassy Too. Richard was named NTPA Two Wheel Drive Rookie of the Year in 1991, NTPA Puller of the Year in 1996, and again in 2000. One of his favorite pulls was at the Biggest Little Pull in Northwest Ohio, held at the Hancock County Fair each year. His other favorite was the National Tractor Pulls in Bowling Green, Ohio. Over the years, his pit crew became his children, and then his grandchildren, and they all have the truck and tractor pulling fever, which continues today. He continued to follow the sport, kept in touch with fellow competitors, and enjoyed watching the pulling events after he retired from competing. Richard was a lifetime member of Elks BPOE 83 and attended Trinity Evangelical United Methodist Church in Upper Sandusky. At his request, there will be no visitation or service. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Bridge Hospice of Findlay. Arrangements have been entrusted to COLDREN-CRATES FUNERAL HOME in Findlay. Online condolences are welcomed at www.coldrencrates.com.
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At his request, there will be no visitation or service.
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That's why I didn't get by to see Richard. For that I am truly sorry and I do now regret it. Not to often in life do you find a most genuine and open honest person who is full and had a full life. I thought of him as a great friend and a person who I will never forget! My prayers will and will always be with you and your family . Rest peaceful my dear friend, I will miss our chats and your lil smile . You will be greatly missed!!! He can rest, no more fighting . He is at peace and Judy and I will keep you in our prayers.