CARBON HILL—Kenneth Wayne Rinehart, 79, of Carbon Hill and formerly of Gardner and Monticello, passed away Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Heritage Health in Dwight.
Born Oct. 24, 1937 in Cisco, Kenneth Wayne was the son of Leonard and Pearl (Nicholson) Rinehart. He was raised and educated in both Cisco and Monticello and graduated from Monticello High School with the class of 1955. After graduation Kenneth proudly served as an Illinois State Trooper. He worked road district five for 20 years and was a firearms instructor at the academy in Springfield for 10 years. Kenneth was a master marksman and sharp shooter on the state shooting team which earned him numerous awards. After 30 years of service, Kenneth retired, but remained active with the Fraternal Order of Police. He also enjoyed hunting and trap shooting in his free time.
Survivors include his two children, Waynette McTague of Carbon Hill and Bruce K. Rinehart of Dwight.
Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents.
Per Kenneth's wishes, cremation rites have been accorded.
The family will receive friends Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 2 p.m. until the time of memorial service at 5 p.m. at Reeves Funeral Home, 75 N. Broadway, one block north of IL Route 113 in Coal City.
Inurnment will follow at Croninger Cemetery in Cisco on Sunday, April 23, 2017.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Kenneth's memory to the Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation: www.isphf.org/donations/
Family and friends may sign the online guest book, upload photographs, or share Kenneth’s memorial page online by logging onto www.ReevesFuneral.com.
Cremation services and memorial arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Coal City.