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Helen E. Rinker

Feb 3, 2013 - Staff

Helen E. Rinker of Lander died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at Lander Regional Hospital. She was 91 years old.

Funeral services are at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at the First United Methodist Church in Buffalo.

The Rev. Mark Calhoun of Lander and the Rev. KyeongSu Jung of Buffalo officiate the services.

Visitation is from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 3, and just before the services at the church. Burial follows at Willow Grove Cemetery, with graveside services to follow the funeral.

Helen Elizabeth Rinker was born March 2, 1921, in Sheridan, the daughter of Bowen and Leta (Kimmel) Williams.

She grew up on the Williams Ranch on Tongue River and attended the Wagner Country School for eight years. S

he then attended Sheridan High School and graduated with the class of 1940.

After high school she attended Sheridan College where she played on the first women's basketball team.

She graduated from Sheridan College with an associates degree in education.

She taught for two years at the Pearl School in Rosebud County, Mont., for two years at the Kearney School and for two years at the Shell Creek School, both in Johnson County.

She met Stanley Rinker at a country dance at the Kearney Hall, and they married Oct. 14, 1954, at the Methodist Church in Buffalo. Their reception was at the L.A. Wuthier Ranch on Piney Creek.

The couple made their home on the Williams Ranch on Piney and later moved to Buffalo, where they owned and operated Stan's Steam-way Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning Business until their retirement. Mrs. Rinker also worked for optometrist Dr. Larry Liedahl.

Mr. and Mrs. Rinker were married for 46 years, and after her husband's death in December 2000, Mrs. Rinker moved to Lander where she lived with her daughter and granddaughter. S

he continued living in Lander until the time of her death.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Buffalo, she was Past Noble Grand of the Silver Rebekah Lodge 6 of Buffalo, past president of the Johnson County Homemaker's Club and a lifetime member of the Piney Shell Creek Grange 67.

Her family said she was a great wife, mom and grandmother and loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by one son, Gary Rinker and his wife Sharon of Recluse; daughter Leta Rinker of Lander; grandchildren Jacob Hunt Rinker and his wife Erica of Altoona, Iowa, Zachary David Rinker of Anchorage, Alaska, and Meredith Ann Rinker of Lander; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and a great host of friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother Billy Williams; and sister Norma Williams Porter. Donations can be made to the First United Meth-odist Church Sunday School or the Buffalo Senior Center in care of the Adams Funeral Home in Buffalo.

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