Friday, July 10, 2009

Second Stroke Fatal to Purley Rinker

Attorney Purley Rinker, life-long resident of Appanoose county, died at his home 544 North Main street, at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, 1952. Death followed a second paralytic stroke. He had been recovering from a stroke he had suffered in August of 1950. According to attending physicians he made a remarkable recovery although still hampered by the effects of his illness. He was up and about until the stoke last Monday. He had been paralyzed on the right side by the first stroke and the second one affected his left side. Everything possible was done in his behalf but he grew rapidly worse until his death.

Mr. Rinker was born near Numa December 15, 1881, the son of Robert F. and Julia A. Rinker. He graduated from the University of Iowa Law School in 1909 and came to Centerville, where he had practiced since.

Attorney Rinker was an accomplished speaker and a notable student of Abraham Lincoln. He had made various addresses here and elsewhere. At the time the Knights of Pythias Lodge was active here he held a state office.

He had farm interests as well as his legal practice and was widely known.

He never married.

In death he leaves two sisters, Miss Leola Rinker, who lived with him at his home here, and Mrs. Neil Watts,l of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and a brother, Dr. Geo. E. Rinker, of Otto, Iowa.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 o'clock from the Johnson Funeral home, with the Rev. F. J. Ackman officiating. Burial will be in the Jerome cemetery.
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Purley Rinker's Gravestone
in the Jerome Cemetery
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The editor appreciates the contribution of the above obituary to The Jerome Journal by Geraldine Rinker of Augusta, Georgia.

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