John Robert Rinker was born 25 August 1904 in Oto, Woodbury County, Iowa, and died 13 May 1989 in Augusta, Richmond County, Georgia. He married 27 February 1935 in The Little Brown Church Around the Corner in New York City, New York, Minnie Lillie McPherson who was born 23 August 1907, daughter of Jesse Franklin McPherson, in Abbeville, Vermilion Parish, Louisana. To this union, four children were born: Franklin McPherson, George Ernest, Geraldine and Carolyn.
Celebrating Their 40th Anniversary
Rev. Willard Bell of Slayton, Minn., former pastor of the Oto Federated church about 23 years ago, conducted the services.
July 6, 1902 she was united in marriage to George Ernest Rinker who had grown to manhood in a neighboring community in Appanoose county and was at the time of their marriage completing work for a degree in medicine.
They established temporary homes in Matlock and Sioux City and came to Oto in the spring of 1903 where they since lived for 54 years.
The body was taken to the Hudgel funeral home at Anthon.
Interment was in Memorial park cemetery, Sioux City, under the direction of the Hudgel funeral home of Anthon. Serving as pallbearers were Mervin Jackson, Paul Phillips, Herald Hamann, Wilber McNear, Wm. Green, Roy Slentz, Millard Allman and Howard Koerner.
Mrs. H. A. Brooks Jr., and Mrs. Leander Mead were in charge of flowers.
George Earnest Rinker was born to Franklin and Julia Ann Brinkley Rinker at their farm home east of Seymour, Iowa, May 31, 1877, the sixth of a family of ten chidren: William J. John, Thomas, Homer, Frank, George, Mary, Purley, Leola and Nellie.
On July 6, 1902, he was united in marriage with Effie Bradley Sidles of Jerome, Iowa. He was graduated from the Sioux City Medical school in 1903 after which they moved to Oto where he practiced for more than 50 years. In addition to his medical practice he was active in civic, lodge and church work. He was a former mayor, member of the town council and fillled offices, over a long period of time, in his church.