Denis J. Rinkacs


Denis J. Rinkacs, 83, of North Huntingdon, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, March 19, 2017.   He was born November 23, 1933 in Duquesne, PA, a son of the late John and Anna Koken Rinkacs.  Prior to his retirement, Denis worked for Westinghouse Bettis supporting the Naval Nuclear Program and was a veteran of the US Navy.  He was a graduate and All American Swimmer at Villanova University, member of St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Church and served on the reunion committee for Duquesne High School.  He was a recipient of the Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America, an avid deer hunter and later made canes for a hobby.  He led a very active life and loved to spend time with his family and grandkids, traveling up and down the east coast.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Cass McDougall Rinkacs.  He is survived by his second wife, Alice Smith Rinkacs; children, Bill and his wife, Heidi, Denny and his wife Cheryl, Chris and her husband, Keith, John and his wife, Diane, Tom and his wife, Debbie, David and his wife, Kathy; eleven grandchildren, C.J., Wynonna, Sam, Paul, Jacob, Maddie, Thomas, Cassie, Nate, Sophia and Nicholas; sisters, Jean Ann Denne and her husband, Ken, Patricia Balta and her husband, Ron.  Friends will be received at the James W. Shirley Funeral Home, 176 Clay Pike, North Huntingdon, PA on Friday from 2-8 p.m.  A Parastas service will take place at 3 p.m. in the funeral home. A funeral liturgy will take place on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. in St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Church.  Interment in St. Joseph Cemetery, North Versailles, PA.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boy Scouts of America or St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Church, North Huntingdon.

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Bettis Friends

We enjoyed being friends and co-workers with Denis for many years at Bettis. He was a good man and will always be remembered.

 Posted March 22, 2017 - 2:36pm

Love and prayers to the family. I work with Dave at Disney and my heart is sadden for your loss.

 Posted March 22, 2017 - 2:14pm
Charles Davis

I worked for and with Denis for many years at Bettis. He was a brilliant worker and a fun guy to be around. We also met on occasion after retirement and aired senior swim tales. He was the oldest life guard I've ever known. Denis was a wonderful person who deeply loved his family. The world has lost a good guy. Via con dos, Denis.

 Posted March 22, 2017 - 12:35pm
Jeffrey Hamilton

To the Rinkacs family, Very sorry to hear of your father's passing. He was truly a great man. Jeff and Betty Hamilton

 Posted March 21, 2017 - 11:04pm
Joel Petrisko

Sorry to hear of your Father's passing. I remember him from boy scouts. He was a wonderful person.

 Posted March 20, 2017 - 2:20am

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