November 3, 1930 - August 14, 2020
John Luther Rinde was born on November 3, 1930, in Falls City, Nebraska, the son of Rev. Dr. Thomas and Inez Rinde. His family moved to Nebraska City and later to Fremont, NE, where he graduated from Fremont High School in 1948. He attended Midland University, becoming involved in theater, acapella choir, cheerleading and golf. After graduating from Midland in 1953, he went on to attend Central Seminary in Fremont. He was ordained into the Lutheran ministry in 1956.
John was married to Ruth Sudmam in 1954, with whom he had three sons. In 1984 he married Jean Hamilton.
As a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, John served in the following parishes: Grace, Sutherland, NE; Messiah, Springfield, MO; Holy Cross, Omaha, NE and St. Paul’s, Grand Island, NE. Upon retirement, he became a fundraiser for Cosgriff Company in Omaha, and later became Director of Planned Giving for the Christian Home-Children’s Square in Council Bluffs, IA. He retired from full-time work in 1995. Because of his love for the Lord and his desires to serve Him, John continued to serve as interim pastor for a number of parishes in Iowa for the next ten years.
Wednesday, August 19
St. John Lutheran Church, 633 Willow Ave., Council Bluffs, IA 51501
Cemetery: Memorial Park Cemetery, Fremont, Nebraska
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Midland University Rinde Scholarship, Fremont, NE, or Children’s Square USA, Council Bluffs, IA.
John is survived by his wife Jean, sons, grandchildren, siblings, and many more. Complete obituary can be found here.
Please keep the Rinde family in your prayers.