Bernard J. Rinner, 91, of Norwalk, died Friday morning, Aug. 23, 2013, surrounded by his family, in Fisher-Titus Medical Center from complications of pneumonia.
He was born July 8, 1922, in Rockville, Conn., son of the late Peter J. and Mary L. (Goretski) Rinner and was a lifelong area resident. Bernard was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in four major campaigns in WW II including Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge.
He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, was a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus, Council 626, and was a life member of Firelands Post 2743 Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Bernard was a former employee of the Perry Foy Company of Elyria, Sandusky Glass Company, Norwalk Truck Line, Spector Mid-State Truck Line, Chicago Express Truck Line, and retired in 1983 from McLean Trucking Company of Chicago. He was a former bus driver for St. Paul sporting events, and was a strong supporter of Boys Town.
He enjoyed playing cards, fishing and hunting, was an avid Cleveland Indians Fan, and especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Bernard is survived by his children, Michelle (Shelley) Rinner, of Norwalk, Cynthia (Rodney) Iehle, of Maryland, Dale (Debbie) Rinner, of Texas, Mary Rinner (Chuck Ellis), of Berlin Heights, and Patrick (Susan) Rinner, of Bellevue. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Heather Book, April Dunn, and Melia (Art) Metcalf, all of Norwalk, Jeremy (Emily) Rinner, of Texas, Brittany (Daniel) Long, of Albuquerque, N.M., Tess (Michael) Asham, of Berlin Heights, and Tyler Chappelear, of Berlin Heights, Melissa Rinner, of Florida, Jessica Iehle, of Connecticut, and Tara Rinner, of Bellevue; his great-grandchildren, LCPL Andrew Book, Taylor Book, Braylynn and Colby Metcalf, John, Audrey and Kate Rinner, Mitch Asham, Brenton and Brianna Pohto; and one great-grandchild, soon to be born. He is also survived by his brother, Thomas Rinner, his sister, Mary Agnes Conley, his sister-in-law, Judy Rinner, and by his lifelong friend, Leon Hoernschemeyer, all of Norwalk.
Bernard was preceded in death by his wife, Therese, in 2012; his brother, George Rinner; his sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and William White; sister-in-law, Cortes Rinner; and brother-in-law, Oscar Conley.
Friends may call 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, at Walker Funeral Home, 98 W. Main St., Norwalk. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, at St. Paul Catholic Church, 91 E. Main St., Norwalk. Rev. Nathan Bockrath will officiate. Interment will be in St. Paul Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Catholic Church, to Stein Hospice Service, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870, or to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St., Boys Town, NE 68010.
Condolences may be shared at edwalkerfuneralhome.com.