WALTER PAUL RINE
Walter Paul Rine, 75, died at home on Monday, 20 July 2009. Surrounded by family, he succumbed following a valiant battle against cancer.
Walt was born in Wheeling, WV. At the age of 17 he enlisted into the United States Navy and shipped out as a radar operator. Walt served aboard the USS Trathen (DD-530) and saw combat operations in Korea, including the ship's successful qualification for membership in the "Train Busters Club."
Following his Navy service, Walt moved to Orlando where he met Joyce, the woman he would spend the rest of his life with.
Walt spent 27 years as an executive in the telecommunications industry with Southern Bell, AT&T, and Lucent. Then, not content with the idleness of retirement, he joined SunTrust and tackled the emerging challenge of electronic banking.
Walt was always active. He loved sports. As a young man he played semi-pro football for the Winter Park Parkers, Orlando Broncos and the Cocoa Giants. As a not-as-young man he officiated basketball, football and softball for over 25 years. When his playing and officiating days had passed, Walt became active in civic volunteerism. He especially enjoyed volunteering at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
In 2002 Walt and Joyce moved to Pensacola to be with their sons and families. Once settled, he resumed a busy schedule of volunteering at local events and took a special interest in assisting at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Finally content with retirement, but not idleness, Walt immersed himself in genealogical research. The challenges of tracing and documenting family history invigorated him. Frequent trips around the country, poring over records in libraries and courthouses, seeking out forgotten cemeteries and documenting weatherworn headstones produced results. Walt was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, The Flagon and Trencher Society, The Alden Kindred of America, the General Society of Mayflower Descendants, and other hereditary and lineage organizations.
Walt is survived by Joyce, his loving wife of 51 years; their son Steve, daughter-in-law Jennifer and grandson Emerson of Pensacola; their son Doug, daughter-in-law Samantha, granddaughter Holly and grandson Grayson of Gulf Breeze; and his sister Jane Miller and brother-in-law Ken Miller of Wahalla, South Carolina.
Visitation will be Thursday, July 23, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. at Harper Morris Memorial Chapel, Pensacola, and the funeral service will follow at 10:30 a.m. Military honors will be rendered at 11:45 a.m. at Barrancas National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Covenant Hospice, 5041 N. 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504.
HARPER-MORRIS MEMORIAL CHAPEL is in charge of arrangements.
Published in the Pensacola News Journal on 7/22/2009