ALLIANCE - Kermit Leroy Rine, loving husband and father of seven children, passed away at the age of 79 on Friday, March 22, 2019.

Kermit was born on November 25, 1939, in Marietta, to Robert and Katie Rine, Sr. He was one of six children. On June 7, 1963, Kermit married Kay Crawford and they enjoyed 55 years of faithful marriage while raising seven children in Minerva. Kermit retired from American Steel after 30+ years as a tool repairman. He and Kay attended Great Trail Community Church of God. Kermit enjoyed bowling and he and Kay made many friends playing on a league at Minerva Bowl for many years. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting with his sons and was an avid fan of the Michigan Wolverines, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. In the summer, he loved nothing more than mowing the yard just right and relaxing on the back porch. 

No matter the season, Kermit loved spending time with his grandchildren: Tiffany (Pierce) Oaks, Duder Ormiston, Nick Rine, Jamie Rine, Katrina Rine, and his little buddy, great-grandson Micah Oaks. He especially loved babysitting and spoiling his grandkids and putting together their new toys. He was strong and stubborn; he courageously fought a diagnosis of cancer and kidney failure for two years after he was given only months to live. Kermit is reunited in heaven with his father Robert and his mother Katie as well as his sister Barbara (Kenny) Lambert, his brother Billy (Cindy) Rine, his daughter Rhonda and his son Mike (Julie). He is survived by his wife Kay, sons Scott (Beverly) of Canton, Brady (Heather) of Carrollton, Travis (Melinda) of Alliance, and Chad (Heather) of Minerva, and daughter Tina Ormiston of Minerva, who was his primary caretaker along with Kay during his last years.

He is also survived by his brother Robert of Minerva and his sisters Lois (Leland) Smith of Chillicothe, and Peggy (William) Draher, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, March 26 at Gotschall-Hutchison Funeral Home in Minerva from 6-9PM. The funeral service will be at the Great Trail Community Church of God at 11AM on Wednesday, March 27. In lieu of flowers, the family would be grateful for donations to Crossroads Hospice of Hartville, who took such good care of Kermit and who were a great comfort to his family.

Those wishing to send condolences may sign the online register at www.gotschallfuneralhome.com (03/27/19).