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Jay Dee Rinn was born November 7, 1940, in New Ulm, Texas, to parents Dennis and Adela (Marek) Rinn. He grew up and attended grade school in Industry, Texas, graduating from Columbus High School where he earned the distinction of being the first student to earn the American Farmerís Degree from the Future Farmers of America. This is the highest degree that can be earn through this organization. 

Jay Dee was united in marriage with Beatrice Blezinger on August 18, 1962, at the Industry United Methodist Church. They have made their home in Industry and have been members of St. John Lutheran Church in New Ulm. 

A member of the Industry Volunteer Fire Department, Jay Dee was awarded both the 1997 Firefighter of the Year and the 1997 Fireman of the Year. Active in community affairs, he served on the West End Water Board, volunteered his time with the boy scouts, at his church and many other charitable organizations. In 1988, he was awarded the Outstanding Citizen of the Year Award from the Industry West End Lions Club. 

Jay Dee was an avid outdoorsman, he especially loved his place in the hill country and saltwater fishing with his friends and family in Matagorda. During his working years, he was in road construction. 

He passed away Sunday, August 30, 2009, in Bellville at the age of 68. He is survived by his wife of 47 years: Beatrice Rinn of Industry; daughter and son-in-law: Dee Ann and Matt Waak of Bellville; son and daughter-in-law: Randy and Kim Rinn of New Ulm; brother: L.J. Rinn and his wife, Doris, also of New Ulm; grandchildren: Darrell, Dylan and Marshall Waak of Bellville, and Travis and Chastity Rinn of New Ulm; and many other dear friends and relatives.

Visitation was from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday, August 31, 2009 at the Schmidt Funeral Home in Bellville.

The funeral service was at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 1, 2009 at St. John Lutheran Church in New Ulm with Pastor Milroy Gregor, officiating.

Interment was in Pilgrimís Rest Cemetery in Industry.

Pallbearers were Darrell Waak, Dylan Waak, Travis Rinn, Bradley Rinn, Tommy Wise, and Gayle Krebs.

Honorary pallbearers were Marshall Waak, Chastity Rinn, David Galle, Clifton Blezinger, and the Industry Volunteer Fire Department.

Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the: Industry Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 146, Industry, Texas 78944 or to the: St. John Lutheran Church, PO Box 1270, New Ulm, Texas 78950.
Posted by Joy Neely


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