Joseph M. Rinkus, 66, of Northmoreland Township, passed away Monday, March 26, 2012, in the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township.
Born in Pittston, he was a son of the late Ignatius and Naomi Harrison Rinkus. He was educated in the Jenkins Township school system.
He served in the U.S. 109th Army Reserve Unit of Kingston. Prior to his retirement, he was employed at Dupont Motor Lines and worked most of his life in the trucking industry.
Joe had a passion for softball. He played in various leagues, including the Wyoming Valley, Pittston and Tunkhannock leagues.
Preceding him in death was his wife, the former Mildred Starbuck.
Surviving are children, Carol, of Kentucky; Teri, of Harding; Ronald, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Robert, of Pittston; Leonard, of South Carolina; Joseph Jr., of Meshoppen; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sister, Nancy Cronick, and her husband, Joseph, Dupont; nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at the convenience of the family from the Metcalfe and Shaver Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming. There will be no calling hours.