Larry D. "Gus" Rhinehart
Entered Into Eternal Rest
Thursday, December 15, 2011
MSgt (Retired) Larry D. "Gus" Rhinehart left this world on December 16, 2011 unafraid and with peace in his heart. He faced cancer with strength and courage, a warrior to the end. His unfailing wit and humor were ever present.
Born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania to Floyd and Lois [Walters] Rhinehart, Gus arrived on November 6, 1950. Gus is survived by his wife, Claudia; daughters, Ashley and Ciara; mother Lois; brothers, Russel and Kevin. He is preceded in death by his father and brother Jerry.
Gus was a career Combat Controller who served in the United States Air Force from 1970-1994. Gus' CCT assignments included Dyess AFB, Ramstein AB, McChord AFB, Rhine AB, Hurlburt Field, Scott AFB and Kirtland AFB. Gus held ratings and qualifications as a Master Parachutist, HALO/HAHO Jumpmaster and Instructor, Combat Diver, Dive Supervisor and Instructor, Castmaster and Rappel Instructor, Cross Country Ski Instructor, Explosives Safety Supervisor and Senior Air Traffic Controller. Gus was also a Sky Hook Master and completed a live Fulton Recovery in 1981. He served in the Gulf War and was awarded the Bronze Star. After Military retirement, Gus served with Boeing for the next 15 years as a Tower Controller, assisting with the development and fielding of the Apache Longbow. He was a blessed man indeed to have 2 careers he loved.
Gus was the epitome of the CCT motto, "No Sky Too High, No Blast Too Fast, No Job Too Tough, No Sea Too Rough." Gus was always a team guy who was respected and loved by his teammates. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to the Special Operation Wounded Warrior Foundation or Banner Gardens Hospice House in Mesa, AZ. He will be missed by all. The world will be a little less bright without him. Gus was always a team guy who was respected and loved by his team mates.....................