Joseph W. Rinehart, 87, formerly of Strasburg, passed away January 9, 2018 at Willow Valley Retirement Community from pulmonary fibrosis. He was the husband of Carolyn R. Rinehart who died in 2003. Born in Philadelphia July 23, 1930 to Walter S. Rinehart and Sarah (Bryson) Rinehart. Survived by his sister Joan Witmer of Lutherville, MD; children, Joseph S. of Reading, PA, Dr. Ann (Dr. Joseph Braun) of St. Paul, MN, and Theodore of Ephrata; grandchildren Peter, Andrew, and John Paul Braun; nieces Susan Wolffe and Sarah Gill; and loyal friend Marie Risolia.
A 1949 graduate of JP McCaskey High School, Joe owned Walter S. Rinehart & Sons Used Cars, Strasburg, a business that operated from 1935-1995. He became partners with his father in 1952 and sole owner in 1962. Joe was well known for his humorous salesmanship. His hard work ethic and honest reputation earned him a loyal customer following. After retirement, Joe was a volunteer tour guide with the Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and applied his charm to increase museum donations. He was also a member of the Strasburg Lions Club.
Joe loved God, his wife, his children and grandchildren, animals, music, cars and Sunday road trips. Joe was an outgoing, friendly person who enjoyed striking up conversations with anyone. Following his move to Willow Valley, he made it his personal mission to bring joy and blessings to someone on a daily basis. He was a proud 74 year member of the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg. A special thanks to Willow Valley staff for their compassionate care.
Viewings will be held on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Bachman Funeral Home, 7 South Decatur Street, Strasburg, PA; and again on Saturday, January 13 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at the First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg. The funeral will be on Saturday at 11:00 AM at the church with the Rev. Robert K. Bronkema officiating. Interment will immediately follow in the Strasburg Cemetery.
Kindly omit flowers. Contributions may be made in memory of Joseph W. Rinehart to the First Presbyterian Church of’ Strasburg, 101 S. Decatur St., Strasburg, PA 17579.