Samuel Francis Rhynard

Samuel Rynard
Samuel Rynard

Samuel Francis Rhynard, known as Frank most of his life, was born In Selah, Washington on Dec.20,1925. He was 88 at the time of his death on May 30, 2014.

His parents were Marion and Olive Gish Rhynard, who preceded him in death. He also lost a younger brother, Robert.

He is survived by his wife, Jean; by a daughter, Linda Bruce and a son, David Rhynard

and his wife, Lynn. There are also five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He also has a sister, Betty Fowler and her husband Wayne.

His father worked in itinerant farming through the Great Depression. The family moved often, so Frank went to several small elementary schools. He attended high school at Auburn Academy, Auburn, Wash.

He was drafted after his junior year from the Academy and sent the to Philippine Islands. He was then shipped to Japan, where he served in the Army of Occupation as an ambulance driver. He was discharged in May 1946.

He married Estella (Jean) Munroe in Aug. 1946, at the Seventh-day Church in Spokane, Wash. and then he attended two years of College at Walla Walla University in Walla Walla, Wash. He then attended the Aeronautical School in Arlington, Wash. and became a certified Airplane and Engine Mechanic. He was a Journeyman Aircraft Mechanic, rebuilding and repairing aircraft at a small repair company on Boeing Field in Seattle for 40 years. He was also well known as a sheet metal man. He retired in 1990 and he and Jean moved to Tonasket.

Web-Obit-Veteran-FlagHe was a member of the Seventh-day Church and was active in his faith all his adult life and was involved in the local churches where he lived. He and Jean loved to travel, and also loved to ride motorcycles. They had covered all except two states by the time they had to stop.

A memorial service will be held for him on July 12 at 4 p.m. at the Seventh-day Church in Tonasket, Wash. There will be a luncheon following the service.

Precht-Harrison-Nearents Chapel and the Okanogan Co. Crematory of Okanogan are caring for the arrangements.