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Gary Lee Rheinschmidt

Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, USA
Death 17 Jan 2017 (aged 68)
West Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, USA
Burial Body donated to medical science, Specifically: Des Moines University Medical School in Des Moines, Iowa
Memorial ID 175485844 · View Source
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Gary Lee Rheinschmidt, 68, of Burlington passed away at 1:22 p.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2016, at Great River Hospice House, West Burlington, Iowa after battling lung cancer and Pulmonary RA.
Born July 19, 1948 in Burlington, he was the son of Paul William and Ruby Lillian (Schulte) Rheinschmidt and graduated Burlington High School.
On May 14, 1972, he married Debra Mellinger in Burlington, Iowa and they later divorced.
Mr. Rheinschmidt was a Vietnam War veteran, serving in the United States Air Force at U-Tapao Royal Airfield in Thailand as an aircraft electrician and flew two missions into Vietnam to recover downed aircraft. He was awarded the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award, Vietnam Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service Star, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Small Arms Expert Marksman Ribbon.
Mr. Rheinschmidt worked for the family business installing flooring during his teen years. After returning from the military, he started his own business Rheinschmidt Lumber. He also designed and built furniture for Chittenden Eastman Company and J.C. Penney Company under the name Starr Manufacturing. He closed these businesses to go into partnership with his father at Burlington Linoleum and Tile Company, and eventually became the CEO and owner. He sold out and retired in 1999 due to health problems. He then worked part time for C.S. I. Industries as Maintenance Supervisor, overseeing repair and upkeep of all equipment and buildings, until his health failed a year ago.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gary Lee Rheinschmidt (19 Jul 1948–17 Jan 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 175485844, ; Maintained by No Reins (contributor 46595053) Body donated to medical science, who reports a Des Moines University Medical School in Des Moines, Iowa.