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Harold Rinehart Obituary

It has been my great pleasure to have known Harold Rinehart for the past nine years. For the past seven days he has been my father-in-law. He passed away peacefully, September 4, 2011.

Harold E. Rinehart was born in Everly, Iowa, on February 22, 1922 to Oscar and Henrietta (Peterson) Rinehart. The family moved to Harrold, South Dakota soon after Harold was born. He was their 2nd son. His brother John was 1 years older. Harold and John were good pals until John passed away in 1928.

Harold attended Hilltop Rural School South of Harrold through the 8th grade, which was fairly common in those days because he was now the eldest son. He spent most of his growing up years helping his family in the ranching and farming operations. The dry years in the "thirties" found Harold spending long days in the saddle driving cattle over 100 miles from home to available sparse grass and then driving them back to winter on thistle hay and peanut cake supplement feed.

In 1935 the family moved to McPherson County, SD. Thirteen year old Harold and eight year old brother Bob drove 120 cows and yearlings North. It was quite a feat for a couple of kids. In the summer of 1938 Harold traveled with a threshing crew into North Dakota. He sent most of wages home to help support the family.

In 1941-1942 the family returned to Everly, Iowa. Harold drove an International M Farmall tractor to Iowa, pulling a hayrack filled with feed bunks and hay. Most of the family belongings and a few horses went by truck, but the cattle were shipped by rail from Ipswich, South Dakota.

In 1944 Harold jumped at the opportunity to return to north central South Dakota to be a ranch manager. He learned of a local country schoolteacher and began courting her by leaving flowers and messages on the blackboard for her to find in the mornings before classes started.

On November 3rd, 1948, he married Marilyn Hagenlock. In 1950 they purchased the McNamara Ranch, located in NW Hyde County. During the first decade they built up the ranch with approximately 1000 head of sheep. Eventually he replaced the sheep with cattle, starting with Herefords and Angus crossbreeds. In 1969 Harold went to Las Vegas to look at a newly imported breed of cattle from France. The exhibit show cased the Limousin bull, Prince Pompadour. Harold sent son Brady to AI school and they proceeded to breed the herd Limousin. At one time the Pompadour Hills Ranch ran one of the largest registered herds in the nation.

Harold was one of the founding members of the North American Limousin Foundation, member 90F. They began showing cattle across the country. In 1976 they took their 1st carload of bulls to the Denver Stock Shown and won Grand Champion. Another accomplishment in Denver was winning with the 1st high percentage black heifer. In 1985 he won the prestigious Grand Champion Carcass contests at the National Western Stock Show.

Harold started the very first club calf sale in our area. He began the area 4-H Rodeo and horse show. He served on many boards throughout his life - township, County Commissioner, Sedgwick Our Savior Lutheran Church, Dakota Energy, Conservation, and the South Dakota Limousin Association. He judged many horse shows in central South Dakota, and the Wild West Days Rodeo in Faulkton.

Harold and Marilyn traveled to France, to England, to New Orleans, to the Denver Stock Show, to the National Finals Rodeo, and to Hawaii.

After a stroke in 1987 he began his rehabilitation and therapy with quiet dignity in his own way. Even though he couldn't throw his leg over a saddle any longer he wasn't going to give up on horses. It was then he began his revisiting his youth, harnessing and breaking team horses once again. Instrumental in his recovery was a great percheron team, "Bert and Ernie", that would respond to his voice and gentle hand on the reins. Wagon trains, parades, and feeding cattle with the team became his joy. Another joy was attending as many auctions as he could. It was a treat to see him come home with load of "treasures", a big grin and a twinkle in his eye.

In 2004 Harold and Marilyn moved into town. His "new ride" became a blue golf cart decorated with a set of steer horns and the campstool brand. In 2010 he move to the Highmore Nursing home.

Harold will always be remembered for his wit and soft spoken words. He enjoyed people in general and figured everyone had a story. He loved to pull a good prank and wasn't surprised when it made full circle. He was a proud man and to us who love him a gentle giant that will forever be in our hearts.

Blessed to share his extraordinary life, his wife Marilyn of 62 years, 10 months, his children Barbara Rinehart (special friend Ed Halverson) of Arthur, NE, Deborah Rinehart-Harter (Richard) of Highmore SD, Brady (Wendi) Rinehart of Highmore, David (Beth) Rinehart, 8 grandsons, 2 grand daughters, 6 great grand children, brothers Robert (Marybelle) Rinehart of Baudette MN, Lowell (Frankie) Rinehart of Highmore, sisters Marge(Bill) Daniels of Georgetown TX, Edith (Kenny) Williams of Georgetown TX, Lois (Bud) Knothe of Litton IA, Mary Calvert of Hot Springs AK, and numerous nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by parents Oscar and Henrietta, his brother John, and sisters Norma and Betty.


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