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Mike Rinehart

veteranSep 26th, 1949 - Nov 3rd, 2020

Graveside Ceremony: 11:30 a.m. Monday, November 9, 2020, at Hoosier Prairie Cemetery

Those attending are asked to arrive directly at the cemetery. 


   Norman M. “Mike” Rinehart, age 71, of Flora, Illinois, passed away early Tuesday morning, November 3, 2020, at his home.

   He was born September 26, 1949, in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the son of Norman G. and Wanda (Cottengaim) Rinehart.  He was united in marriage to Sharon E. Wells on July 2, 1988.

   Mike was a retired real estate appraiser.  He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1968-1972 and later entered the United States Army where he served from 1982-1992.  He was a Desert Storm Veteran and a very proud Marine.  Mike served on the Clay County Board and was a member of the Flora Masonic Lodge.  He was an enthusiastic St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan and enjoyed gardening and reading.   

   He is survived by his wife: Sharon Rinehart of Flora; 3 sons: Jason Rinehart of Wheeling, Justin Rinehart of Flora, and James Rinehart of Collinsville; and a brother: Eric (Penny) Rinehart of Springfield.

   He was preceded in death by his parents; and 2 brothers: Norlan Rinehart and James E. Rinehart.

   A graveside ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, November 9, 2020, at Hoosier Prairie Cemetery with the presentation of military funeral honors.  Those attending are asked to arrive directly at the cemetery.  In accordance with an Illinois mandate, please wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested to the Flora Masonic Lodge Scholarship Fund or the local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) and will be accepted through the funeral home.  To share a memory or condolence visit:   


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Rick and Trudy Stanford

November 3rd

We are so sorry for your loss.

Brenda & Brian Streif Family

November 3rd

You are in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry to hear about Mike.

Greg Sidwell

November 4th

I knew Mike through the Lodge, and consider him a friend as well as a Brother, he will be missed.

Renée Jackson

November 4th

Sorry for your loss

Ruth Spicer

November 4th

So sorry for your loss!

Walter J. Chaney

November 4th

Thoughts and prayers!

Barb Tackitt

November 4th

So sorry to hear about Mike. I always liked him.

Sue Hampsten

November 4th

So sorry for your loss. May God wrap His arms around you. Dennis and Sue Hampsten

linda blackmon

November 4th

When Gene Rinehart and I first got married we lived in Louisville and within walking distance of where Mike lived with is brothers and parents. I used to take chocolate chip, and oatmeal cookies over to the boys!! I visited him last year when I went up there. He was a sweet loving gentle man!! Always had the best sense of humor! He will be missed! Prayers to the family! 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️

Jeff Chitwood & SIUE Enrollment Team

November 4th

Our thoughts and hearts go out to you and your family.

Mike and Jan Nattier

November 4th

So sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Prayers of comfort during this difficult time.

Mike & June Chaney

November 4th

We are so very sorry to hear about your loss. We enjoyed watching him work in the garden, he will be missed. May God bless your family!

Robert & Deena Mosbarger

November 4th

The Rinehart family holds a special place in our hearts. Sharon, or Shari as Mike lovingly referred to you, we will be praying for you in the coming days. Boys, your father had a proud gleam in his eyes when he spoke of you and your accomplishments. You made him proud. May his memory provide you comfort.

Steve Welty Sr

November 4th

Mike was a good friend, member of Post 14, and a fellow lodge brother. Ruthie and I extend our deepest condolences!

Pat & Tom Greenwood

November 4th

We are so sorry for your loss. You will be in our prayers.

Travis Hildebrand

November 5th

Mike was not only a relative to me, but a friend and Brother in the lodge. He will be greatly missed.

Marion Lodge #130 salem

November 5th

Cindy Huser

November 5th

Sorry for your loss. Hugs and prayers.

Terry Igert

November 5th

We are so sorry for your loss. Praying for you all.

Les&Stacy Higgason

November 5th

I always enjoyed the talks Mike and I shared , Rest in peace Mike, I will miss seeing you and talking to you ,Les

Bill & Brenda Britton

November 5th

So sorry for your loss - in our thoughts and prayers.

John and Caroline Zink

November 6th

Sharon, so sorry to hear of Mikes death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

Katie (Rinehart) Heminover

November 5th

Uncle Mike was always larger than life. He had that deep voice and gave the best hugs. He always had a soft spot for us girls. He will be missed. I love you!

Greg & Lisa Acree

November 6th

Our hearts are breaking for Sherry, Jason, Justin & James. I (Lisa) am so glad that I had a brief conversation with Mike on Monday evening; he sounded so good & so happy to be coming home . . .so thankful that he had that time with Justin & Sherry. He always had a smile & usually a pat or a hug for "Aunt Lisa" as he referred to me & I will miss that terribly. We have also always appreciated Mike's love & goodness toward Brock; he was a wonderful Uncle to him & we have never & will never forget that. He had a strong personality & fought fiercely for his beliefs, which I have always respected and admired, even when he was a huge minority in doing so. Love you, Mike & you will ALWAYS be remembered & missed by so many.

Linda (Fancher) Cutright

November 6th

Sorry for your loss. He was a nice classmate

Lisa Erbacher

November 6th

my thoughts and prayers sorry to hear

Carl and Dana Zimmerman

November 6th

So sorry to hear that mike has passed. We enjoyed many good talks over the years. Many memories of sports events we shared in the past. He is gone; but will never be forgotten . Our thoughts are with the family.

Devin McKinney

November 6th

So sorry for your loss. I knew Mike thru the American Legion, always loved sitting with him and hearing him tell stories. Will miss getting to hear old stories from him.

Richard & Linda Wiegel

November 6th

Sending prayers for all the family and friends

Steve & Misty (Wiegel) Wheeler

November 6th

Mike will be missed. Keeping all the family and friends is our thoughts and prayers.

Donna Mason

November 6th

My condolences to the family . Mike was one of the first people I met when my family moved here. From Appraisal’s, Mason Lodge and County Board He will be missed by many

Glenda Oliver

November 6th

Sharon I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers for you and your family to give you strength during this sad time. I was just thinking of his mom today because we always went to the VFW on Veterans Day. May it give you some comfort that Wanda is standing by God to welcome Mike into their loving arms.

Robert A. (Bob) Lewis

November 6th

So sorry to hear of Mike's passing, we shared many stories sitting in the lounge at the OK Garage and at the American Legion. My prayers go out for the entire family!

Linda Dulaney Lewis

November 6th

Sorry for your loss. Prayers for strength and comfort. May good memories sustain you.

Larry and Donna Phillips

November 6th

Our prayers and hope for God's comfort for you at this time of sadness. Mike will be missed and blessings for all of you.

Pat Hilliard

November 7th

So sorry to hear about Mike. My sincere condolences to his family.


November 6th

So sorry to hear this he was a great guy and he will be missed

John, Norma Weidner

November 6th

So sorry for your loss, I enjoyed times on Clay County Board with Mike, enjoyed our visits together. He was a very good teacher, when I joined County Board. I WILL miss you Mike.

Scott Rado

November 6th

Sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking to Mike. He was a great man.

Robin & Sharla Todd

November 6th

Sorry for Mike's passing our condolences for the entire family.

Terry Igert

November 7th

Our deepest sympathies for you all!! Praying for God's comfort!!!!

Rick & Darwin VanDyke

November 7th

We Are Very Sorry For Your Loss! Please Know Your Family Is In Our Prayers! Mike Was A Good Man, A School Classmate, And A Good Friend!!

Alan Buck

November 8th

Sympathy is extended to The Family. Sorry for Your Loss.

Jon Clifton

November 9th

Sharon, Jason, Justin, and James so sorry to hear about Mike. I always considered Mike to be my best friend. He will be greatly missed.

Chuck and Sandy Jenkins

November 9th

In just a few hours, we will gather together to say our final goodbye. Our hearts are heavy and burdened with our sadness and loss. Mike was always kind to our family. When he asked "how are you?", he always seemed genuinely interested. I will miss his smile, laugh, and hugs most of all. Sherry, Jason, Justin, and James please know that we love you. Love you and miss you, Mike.

A bro-n-la

November 9th

Mike, Being an "above avg size" guy, very few men have intimated me. The first and most was Galen...that was probably because I was in love with his youngest daughter. You, were the second. When I first met you, I had instant respect. Your size, your stature, and your service were intimidating beyond measure. Your personality I got to know over the 32+ plus years matched your stature and size. I will never forget your friendliness, some of the stories, and your laugh. My family and I will miss you tremendously.

BarBara Burton

November 9th

Sharon, so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Prayers.

Kirk and Genie

November 9th

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We had so much fun being with Mike and talking to him in woodworking class. He made unique and interesting canes, just like him.

Jerry & Kathy Price

November 9th

So sorry for your loss.

David Lewis

November 10th

Hello friends Sharon, Jason, Justin, and James, and family. I am so very sorry, to hear about our illustrious and well-known Masonic brother, Mike. Mike has always been a true friend, to so many. I admire Brother Mike, for his tremendous help to so many, in all of the area Masonic Lodges. Mike is greatly loved, with his countless Masonic friends. You could always count on Brother Mike, for his very proficient Masonic work and ritual. Our hearts are truly broken, with such a tremendous loss, to everyone. May God richly bless and comfort you all. You have my sincere sympathy and friendship. With much love, Dave Lewis



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