Michael W. Rhineer, Sr., 71, of Willow Street passed away Sunday evening, May 17, 2015 surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Lancaster on February 21, 1944, he was the son of the late Mervin C. and Irene Wise Rhineer. Mike was the husband of Darlene M. Rhineer, with whom he married on February 25, 1961.
Mike was a hard working and dedicated businessman. He owned and operated Mike Rhineer Excavating, LLC for over 40 years. His true passion was his love for horses and teaching the younger generation the technique of roping. Mike was competitive and a champion in calf and team roping. He was an instructor of youth roping and team roping. He loved to support his grandkids in the youth rodeo. Mike was a member of the First Frontier Circuit Rodeo, Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, Eastern Shore Roping Association, US Team Roping Association. Mike was a founding member of the American Professional Rodeo Association, where he also served as team roping and tie-down director for numerous years.
Mike’s wife Darlene survives him along with his children, Michael W. Rhineer, Jr. and Tammy A. Rhineer, both of Willow Street. Poppop’s legacy will forever live on in his grandchildren, Dallas C. Rhineer, Justin Shearer, Michael R. and Colton Rhineer. Two sisters also survive, Debbie J., wife of Barry Hershey of Willow Street and Brenda Rhineer Ambrose of Lancaster. He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Shannon P. Rhineer.
Tuesday, May 26th, viewings will be held at the Leola Worship Center from 2-4, and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday there will be a viewing from 10-11, service to follow with internment at Boehm’s Church-13 W Boehms Rd, Willow Street
It was Mike Sr.’s wish that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Michael and Colton’s education fund so they may continue to attend LCCS. Donations can be mailed to:
Lancaster Co. Lancaster County Christian School
C/o Michael and Colton Rhineer Scholarship Fund
2390 New Holland Pike
Lancaster PA 17601