On Wednesday, May 13, 2020, Kenneth “Skip” Elvin Rinehart, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend, passed away at home at the age of 72. He battled cancer for eight years, charming nurses, doctors and medical staff, and keeping a positive attitude, a full grateful heart, and a sense of humor every step of the way.
Skip was born on July 14, 1947, in Bakersfield, California, to Kenneth and Gertrude “Trudy” (Haveman) Rinehart. He grew up and lived life to the fullest in Lynden, Washington. Skip enlisted in the U.S. Army on Feb. 15, 1966, and was honorably discharged on Jan. 26, 1968. He was a proud and respected truck driver, ending his driving career with LTI. He was known for keeping his truck(s) in immaculate condition.
Skip married Rachel (Morgan) Rinehart on Dec. 30, 1995. He was a devoted and deeply loving husband to Rachel. Together they created a home full of love, gratitude and laughter for themselves, their melded family and dear friends.
Skip found great joy and pride in his family. He was passionate about his friends and his cars. He enjoyed building models and creating detailed dioramas for them, as well as taking care of his yard and the wildlife he coaxed there.
Skip is survived by his wife, Rachel; sister Karen “Deed” Rinehart; daughter Kristi (Rinehart) Nason and husband Greg; son Kevin Rinehart and wife Dolores; step-son Michael Heutink (Beth Tagliareni); grandchildren Christian (Vanessa Dunbar), Candace and Courtney Rinehart, Dalton, Abigail “Abby” and Braven Nason, Morgyn, Alice and Hudson Heutink; great-granddaughter Lyrah Skip Rinehart; and uncle Norm (Gerry) Haveman of Oak Harbor.
A celebration of life is planned for summer, his favorite season. His family wishes to thank all of their friends and extended family for the love and support, and the medical staff at PeaceHealth Cancer Center and Whatcom Hospice Foundation for excellent care and kindness.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services.