Elman Curtis Rinehart

November 3, 1920February 2, 2019

Elman Curtis Rinehart, 98, of Overland Park, KS died Saturday, February 2, 2019. The Mass of Christian Burial will be 11 a.m., Thursday, February 7th at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 9401 Mission Road, Leawood, KS. Visitation will precede the Mass from 10 a.m. -11 a.m. at the church. Burial in Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, KS. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Catholic Charities, 9720 W. 87th Street, Overland Park, KS 66212 or a charity of your choice.

Elman was born on November 3, 1920 to Charles and Mabel Rinehart at Bethany, MO. The family moved to Lakin, KS, where he spent his youth. He was an Army Veteran of World War II, serving as a Sergeant Major.

Elman graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in business. He was a life member of the KU Alumni Association and a devoted fan of KU sports. He retired from Katz Drug Company as assistant controller and data processing manager. When that company ceased operation, he began a second career with Equitable Life Society of the U.S. He was a Certified Life Underwriter, Chartered Financial Consultant and a district manager.

He was a life member of the Knights of Columbus, the Sertoma Club and the KU Alumni Association. He and his wife were original charter members of the Leawood South Country Club and were dedicated golfers for many years.

Elman was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Hazel Stullken; and brother-in-law, Robert Cobb. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Cecilia Rinehart; his nephew, Lloyd Stullken and his wife, Marcia; sister-in-law, Helen Cobb; nephew, Richard Cobb and his wife, Rose; niece, Kathy Sullivan and her husband, Tim; and great nephews and nieces and cousins. Online condolences may be left at


  • Charles and Mabel Rinehart, Parents
  • Hazel Stullken, Sister
  • Robert Cobb, Brother-in-law
  • Cecilia Rinehart, Wife
  • LloydStullken and his wife, Marcia, Nephew
  • Helen Cobb, Sister-in-law
  • Richard Cobb and his wife, Rose, Nephew
  • Kathy Sullivan and husband, Tim, Niece
  • Elman also leaves behind great nephews, nieces and cousins to cherish his memory.

  • Catholic Charities


  • Visitation Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, February 7, 2019
  • Committal Service Thursday, February 7, 2019

Elman Curtis Rinehart

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michael cooper

February 7, 2019

I was Elman's internist for over 2 decades. He was an admirable man whom I held in great esteem. our office staff always looked forward to his visits because of his intelligence, wit, and steadfastness in the face of mounting physical ailments of aging. The united front with which he and Cecilia confronted these challenges was courageous. Seeing them regularly through the years and having their trust represent the quintessential example of what makes health care occupations worthwhile.
Rest in Peace, Elman.

Phyllis Dexter

February 5, 2019

The Little Ship

"I stood watching as the little ship sailed out to sea. The setting sun tinted his white sails with a golden light, and as he disappeared from sight, a voice at my side whispered, "He is gone."

But the sea was a narrow one. On the farther shore a little band of friends had gathered to watch and wait in happy expectation. Suddenly they caught sight of the tiny sail and, at the very moment when my companion had whispered, "He is gone" a glad shout went up in joyous welcome, "Here he comes!" ~ Author Unknown

Elman was my next door neighbor and one of the things I fondly remember was anytime Elman was working in his yard, and my dog, Lucky, was outside, Elman would come to the fence and "talk" to Lucky. As aging stripped Elman of his physical mobility, he could no longer work in the yard but Lucky would continue to bark for him at the fence to come outside. So, instead Lucky and I would stop by and visit Elman and Cecelia. Lucky was so happy. His friend was still there. Lucky recently passed away. Elman and Lucky shared a special connection and bond. I believe that connection still exists. As Elman is being "welcomed" on the shore by those loved ones that preceded him in passing, I can "see" Lucky trotting alongside him, all the while smiling and barking, "Welcome, my friend, I've missed you!" Until we are all reunited in God's presence again, may you rest in peace, Elman. You will be missed. Phyllis Dexter

Judy Johnson

February 4, 2019

What a sweet man Elman was! Blair and I only knew him in his later years, but to us he was always a valued neighbor with a quick smile. That's exactly how we will remember him. I will think of him sitting quietly whenever I would drop in, that gentle and welcoming expression on his face as he would listen and take part in my conversation with Cecilia. It was always so impressive that he kept up with things in a timely way on his computer! It would have been a great pleasure to know him earlier in his life and to have heard more of his stories. We're just grateful that we were able to become neighbors. He will be truly missed, but we know that he was a man who appreciated his life, and that's a comfort.