Elmer Rinne, age 90, of St. James, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at the home of his daughter in North Mankato. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 31, 2013, at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church in St. James with Rev.'s Martin Lopahs and Matthew Natsis officiating. Burial will be at Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James with full military honors provided by the St. James Veterans Honor Guard. Visitation will be Wednesday at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James from 5 to 8 p.m. and at the church one hour before services on Thursday. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Elmer Otto Rinne was born May 24, 1922 in St. James, the son of William and Emma (Graminske) Rinne. He was baptized on July 23, 1922 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, St. James, by Pastor Pankow and was confirmed May 17, 1936 by Pastor Birkholz. He attended District 63 rural school for one year after that St. Paul's Lutheran School. Elmer was drafted into the Army in May 1946 and discharged November 1947. Elmer played the clarinet, coronet, violin, snare drum and piano. He played in three Army Bands: Band Training Unit, 228, Army
Band- Fort Knox, 3rd Armor Division Band, church band, St. James band, Odin band, "Swedes" band, Mankato Community Band, and the Symphony Orchestra. On October 5, 1947, he married Minnie Heldt at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Butterfield by Pastor Lemke. Elmer was raised on the family farm and was a farmer all his life. He also worked at Butterfield Foods and Del Monte in Sleepy Eye in his later years. He enjoyed playing cards, listening to old time polka music, and having coffee with his friends at Paul's Food Pride. He was a lifelong member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in St. James.
Surviving Elmer are his wife Minnie, son David (Debra) Rinne of Kansas City, Mo., daughter Elmira (Norman) Ribbe of North Mankato, son Klarice Rinne of St. James; seven grandchildren, Heather and Ryan Rinne, Jason Ribbe, Melissa (Jason) Neeb, Laura (Craig) Golding, Matthew and Sarah Rinne; two great-grandchildren, Griffin and Kira Neeb; and brother Herman Rinne of St. James.
He is preceded in death by his parents; brother, William; and sisters, Lillian, Emma, Marie and Elsie.