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Stephen Dennis Rinehart

June 19, 2014

Stephen Dennis Rinehart

Stephen Dennis Rinehart of Bishop went home to his heavenly Father on May 20, 2014. Steve came into this world on Aug. 12, 1950, a miracle son born to Larry and Florence (Brock) Rinehart in San Diego.
Steve was a survivor. Born three months premature he wasn’t expected to live, but with prayers offered up by his Dad and Mom, he amazed all the doctors and nurses at the military hospital where he was born.
Steve lived a life dedicated to love of God and always ready to help anyone in need. He was a dedicated and hard worker throughout his years living in Bishop, working 18 years for Vagabond Inn and more than 20 years working for Kmart.
Steve’s family would like to thank all those who knew our wonderful son, brother, uncle and great uncle. Thank you all for offering up your love and friendship; you were like family to Steve. The family would also like to thank Jack Cruikshank and Tom Cordova of the Bishop Elks Lodge for helping Pamela Alexander attend to her brother’s affairs following his passing. Steve’s family would also like to thank Terry Bouch, Jeremy and Kat Mentzer for all their hard work packing and cleaning things out.
While he walked this earth, Steve liked to express his emotions through his poetry. His sister found several poems in Steve’s home and wanted to share one with his friends.

You say you’re not a hero nor a cowboy;
You say all you want is to bring a smile and joy.
You’ve always given more than you could give;
You denied yourself pleasures so others may be fed and live.
You continue to ride old silver in the wind;
Yet you take the time to stop and help the underdog win.
You always loved to ride alone;
You’ve never taken credit for what you had done on your own.
You seem so strong, yet among others you are shy;
You built an impenetrable wall around yourself, yet you are a good guy.
You, my long lost once in a lifetime, for a little time friend;
You who never said your name;
May your special hearted ways never come to an end.

Steve is survived by his father, Larry Rinehart of Escondido; sister, Pamela Alexander of Post Falls, Idaho; nieces, Jennifer Wegner of Vancouver, Wash., Brittany Alexander and Chelsea Coontz of Post Falls, Idaho; great-nephew, Hayden Wegner; and two great nieces, Athena and Charlotte Coontz.

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