Wayne Edward Rinne, 90, formerly of Gardner, Kan., died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 in Quincy, Ill.
He was born in Cherryvale, Kan., Aug. 12, 1922, the fourth of six children of Walter and Bernice Thompson. His mother died in 1927, and the family broke up shortly thereafter. The children were placed in foster care where Wayne remained for several years until he was adopted by Theodore and Dora Rinne in 1934. Wayne attended Kinsley High School and graduated in 1939.
He moved to Gardner, in 1939 where he worked, met and married Mildred McKaig of Gardner in 1942.
During World War II, he entered the Navy on Nov. 10, 1942 and served at the Olathe Naval Air Station in security section as corporal and sergeant of the guard. Also, he was aboard two minesweepers in the Pacific: the USS Skylark AM 63, which hit two mines and sunk at Okinawa; and the USS Vigilance AM 324, which patroled and swept mines around Okinawa, the East China Sea and Japan. Rinne received an honorable discharge at St. Louis, on Dec. 10, 1945.
After the war, Wayne returned to Gardner, working in the dry cleaning business. He was city clerk of the city of Gardner for seven years. He also worked at the post office for 20 years, five as a clerk and 15 as post master. He was appointed postal inspector in 1969, and assigned to the Chicago division and domiciled at Quincy, Ill. When the Quincy Post Office was designated as a sectional center post office, he was promoted to director of support (finance) for the sectional and served in that position until retirement in 1977.
He was a member of the American Legion Post No. 19, Gardner; AF&AM Masonic Lodge No. 65, Gardner; Quincy Elks Lodge No. 100, Quincy; Fraternal Order of Eagles, in Quincy; National Association of Retired Postal Inspectors; Naval Mine Warfare Association; and the Presbyterian Church. Wayne served as a Cub and Boy Scoutmaster. He assisted with organizing and coaching little league and reorganizing and coaching Babe Ruth baseball in Gardner. He enjoyed his family, fishing, golfing, and ballroom dancing.
He was preceded in death by his wife Mildred, one sister, five brothers and his parents.
Wayne is survived by his sons Larry (Carole) Rinne, of Olathe, Kan.; and James (Jewel) Rinne, of Quincy, Ill; daughter Jan (Mike) Smith, of Quincy, Ill.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 at Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS, (913)856-7111. Burial will follow at Gardner Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 with a Masonic Service at 8 p.m., also at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gardner Historical Museum. Condolences can be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com.