Richard Roy Rinke III


Richard Roy Rinke III

Dexter, Michigan

Was healed into eternal life on Friday, April 17, 2020, at home surrounded by family following 14 months of living with advanced pancreatic cancer. Rick was born on October 24, 1951, in Detroit Michigan, the son of Richard Roy Rinke Jr. and Sylvia Louise Rinke.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 38 years, Marsha Rinke and their two sons Karl Rinke and Philip Rinke.

Rick worked for the University of Michigan for 37 years, retiring in October of 2017 as Manager of Pharmacy Applications for Health Information Technology and Services. He was also an Adjunct Clinical Instructor at the College of Pharmacy. Rick was hired as a staff pharmacist in 1980 and was proud of being a licensed pharmacist for his entire UM career and throughout retirement. In 1987 he was selected to lead a new initiative to automate the pharmacy department. He was directly involved in the selection, implementation and maintenance of the many complex pharmacy computer information and automation systems. Rick was beloved by his many team members and co-workers.

Rick graduated from the University of Michigan in 1973 with a B.S. in Physics, from Wayne State University in 1980 with a B.S. in Pharmacy, and again from the University of Michigan in 1987 with an M.B.A., concentrating in computer information systems.

He and Marsha were married August 15, 1981, lived in Ann Arbor for 12 years, and have resided in Dexter for the past 27 years. Rick was a huge fan of UM football, hockey and basketball, as well as the Detroit Red Wings, Tigers and Pistons. Rick enjoyed playing percussion with the Dexter Community Orchestra, since its inception in 2005. He also played percussion with the historic Dodworth Saxhorn Band. He was a member of the Michigan Marching Band Drumline and enjoyed playing with the Alumni Band at homecoming games.

Rick had a lifelong love of history, especially the battles of ancient Greece and Rome, the U.S. Civil War, and the two World Wars. He also enjoyed learning about archaeology, collecting coins, fly fishing, and gardening.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held later this summer. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 22, 2020, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Nie Family Funeral Home, 3767 W. Liberty Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103. A private graveside service will take placefromArborcrest Cemetery, Ann Arbor, Michigan. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rogel Cancer Center for Pancreatic Cancer at