Carlin Richard (Dick) Rhine, 82, passed away at his home on April 21, 2023. He is survived by his loving wife, Jean (Bowman).
Dick was born August 29, 1940, in Lebanon, the son of J. Carlin and Mary (Hamilton) Rhine.
He was preceded in death by brother, Robert Rhine.
In addition to his wife, surviving family members include Tina Rhine, of Dallastown, Kathy (Dennis) Westhafer, of Ventnor, NJ, Josie (Tom) Flory, of Red Lion, and Jim Miller, of Cleona, in addition to seven grandchildren, Brent (Molly) Watkins, Travis (Kelsey) Flory, Tyler Flory (Nikki), Tasha (Carl) Barcikowski, Briona Stark (Chad), Tate Rebert (Lauren), and Ryan (Katie) Westhafer. He was blessed with 14 great-grandchildren.
Dick graduated from Annville-Cleona High School in 1958, Lebanon Valley College in 1962, and Shippensburg College in 1968. He received his administrator’s certificate from Western Maryland College.
Red Lion Senior High School is where Dick called home for 33 years of his professional life. Teaching social studies for 12 years, then becoming assistant principal for 16 years, and principal for five years. After retirement, his commitment to Red Lion brought him back to the Junior High as an interim assistant principal. His passion for education took him to York College, teaching and working with student teachers.
Born a natural athlete, he participated in baseball, track, and basketball in high school and basketball in college. His love for basketball led him to be the head coach of the boys’ basketball team at Red Lion and, later, became a PIAA basketball official. On Saturdays, you could hear him announcing the football games at Horn Field.
Dick was an active member of Grace Lutheran Church in Red Lion. His faith led him to become church council president, a member of the choir, Sunday school teacher, and superintendent, instructor for the catechism class, and assistant minister. He also served on various call committees and was chairman of the building committee.
In retirement, his love for music extended into membership in the Hershey Community Chorus, often as a soloist. He was a member of the Annville High School Alumni Association, serving in various capacities. He chaired the Red Lion Senior High’s retired employees’ ground. And, on election day, you could find him at the polls, working for West Donegal Township. He was an avid golfer, playing with many groups of friends, and worked as a ranger and starter at Cool Creek Country Club.
“Gramps” biggest joy in life was spending time with his family. Whether it was a birthday celebration or a trip to the beach, his smile said it all. You could find him cheering on his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren at their sporting or livestock events.
Dick Rhine was born a leader. His compassion for others earned him the utmost respect of those who passed through his life.
Visitation will be 6-8 PM on Friday, April 28, 2023, at Kreamer Funeral Home, 618 East Main Street, Annville, PA, and also Saturday, April 29, 2023, from 9-12 at Grace Lutheran Church, 220 North Charles Street, Red Lion with a memorial service beginning at 12. The service will also be streamed live. It can be viewed on Grace Lutheran’s Facebook page
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, Red Lion, or to Hospice and Community Care, 685 Good Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601.