Marjorie Rinker

January 30, 2014

1-31-14 OBIT MarjorieRinker-webMarjorie Rinker, born on a cold January evening in 1923, passed away peacefully January 27th suffering from respiratory distress at the age of 91.  She was the third of six children to join the family of Ira and Rosella Ivie who lived near Salina, Utah.

She is survived by her four children, Donna DeZeeuw, David Rogers, Richard Rogers, and Linda Jensen as well as her sister, Carol Thompson.  In addition two step-sons Lou and Marv Rinker, and her sister-in-laws Virginia DeWulf and Jean Hansen, 21 grand-children, 44 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grand child also survive her.

Marjorie grew up in Salina, went to Salt Lake City where she attended the LDS Business College.  It was there she met Orley W. Rogers ‘Bud’ at a dance.  They dated, fell in love, and were married on July 28, 1942.  Bud was from Farwell, Michigan a member of an Army unit stationed at Fort Douglas for training.

She moved to Michigan in 1944 with their first child, Donna while Bud was deployed in Belgium during WWII. After he came home David, Richard and Linda arrived to fill their little home with laughter, mischief, and love.

Marjorie longed for a place to worship with her family.  In July 1950 two LDS missionaries hitchhiked from Lansing to Farwell to visit her.   They were a direct answer to her prayers as they renewed her faith in the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  For years the family would travel the 120 miles each Sunday to attend worship services in Saginaw, the nearest LDS Church.  She was a determined pioneer and devoted Christian.

Marjorie and Bud worked side-by-side building upon the family business his father had started in 1935 in Saginaw: reconditioning football equipment, which they purchased in 1959 when his father, Orley Sr. died.

Bud passed away in 1967 at the early age of 48 following open-heart surgery.  It was a very tough time for her to get through the loss of her husband.  She persisted, and with the help of her sons was able to grow the business.  It continues today as the Rogers Athletic Company a member of the Rogers Group.

In 1975 she married George Rinker, a fine man from Binghamton, N. Y. who she met while they were both serving a 2 year mission in the Washington D.C. Temple.  They enjoyed many good years together until 2004 when George passed away.

Marjorie maintained her home and lived a happy, independent life until hospitalized on January 1st, 2014 with pneumonia.  She was a person who based her life on honesty, hard work and charity.  Her character was evident in this message sent the evening she was hospitalized from a grandson responding to his father’s query, “how is mom?”  “She is hanging in there, giving away her jewelry and inviting the doctor to join the church.”  Those who looked into her eyes and felt her love will miss her.

Her family will receive her friends at a viewing on Friday, January 31, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM and Saturday from 10:00 to 10:45 AM. The funeral service for Marjorie will be held on Saturday, February 1st, at 11:00 AM.  Both the funeral and viewing will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 1125 Byfield Drive in Harrison Michigan.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Barden Funeral Home of Ithaca.  (989) 875-4715

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