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Bellville Times
July 2003

Calvin A. Rinn, Sr., 73, formerly of Thrall, died Monday, July 21, 2003 at Weston Inn Nursing Home in Temple.

Family visitation was 6 to 8 pm, Tuesday, July 22, 2003 at Providence Funeral Home in Taylor. Celebration of Life service was 10 a.m. Wednesday at Providence Funeral Home with the Rev. William Sterling officiating. Burial followed at Taylor City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a Calvin Rinn, Sr. Agriculture Scholarship Fund in memory of Calvin is being established. You may send memorials to P.O. Box 10, Thrall, Texas. 76578.

Calvin Rinn was born on May 6, 1930 to Davey and Elvira (Klump) Rinn in Austin County. He graduated from Fayetteville High School in 1947. In 1951, he received his B.S. degree in Agriculture from Texas A&M University in College Station and then in 1963 his M.S. degree in Dairy Science. Calvin served his country in the U.S. Army from 1951-53. On Nov. 21, 1953, Calvin married Gladys Davis in Bellville. Calvin had worked for the Prison System in Huntsville and Sugarland before moving to the Thrall area. In 1962, he became the manager of Stiles Farm Foundation in Thrall and retired in 1997, after 35 years of service with the foundation.

Calvin was a member of the United Methodist Church in Thrall, Past commissioner of the City of Thrall, Thrall ISD School Board of Directors for 12 years, Past President of the Texas Agriculture Producers and Texas Pork Producers, he was selected 1989 Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture by the County Ag Agents Association.

Calvin was such an avid Aggie fan that the fall of 2002 was the first time he ever missed a home Aggie football game.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Gloria Shupak; an infant daughter, Deann Rinn; a son, Calvin Rinn, Jr. and his beloved wife, Gladys Rinn on Dec. 3, 2002.

Calvin is survived by his two daughters, Gala Rowe and husband, Steve of McGregor and Gina Freels and husband, Kevin of Midlothian; sister, Marcine Bridges of Jarrell; eight grandchildren: Kali, Brady, and Katy Rowe, Macy and Grant Freels, and Koen, Ryan, and Laura Rinn; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Honorary pallbearers were Frank Griffin, Kenneth Andrews and Jimmy Vega.

Pallbearers were Carol Bridges, Marshall Bridges, Gary Shupak, Terry Shupak, Bobby Rinn and Billy Rinn.

Posted by Joy Neely

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