Albert “Al” F. Rhino, 91, died Sept. 26, 2019, at JourneyCare Hospice in Barrington, Ill.
He was born on Oct. 18, 1927, to Albert C. and Irene A. Rhino in Chicago. He graduated from Stienmetz High School in 1945. While there, he entered ROTC and attained the rank of cadet staff sergeant. He served with the U.S. Army from February 1946 to March 1947, serving in occupied Japan with the 8th Army. After the service, he attended American Television School.
On June 9, 1950, Al married Marilyn “Mim” A. Dahl in Chicago. They had three children, Denise, Debbi, and Albert.
During Al’s working career, he had been a machinist, draftsman, engineer, cabinet maker, designer, fabricator, and rural route mail carrier.
In July 1976, Al and Mim bought a resort in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and operated it for 21 years. In 1995 they began dividing their time between their homes in Michigan and Florida.
Al loved flowers, especially iris and Michigan wildflowers. He loved his piano and would spend hours learning and playing old songs while being self-taught. Al and Mim loved to dance, taking any opportunity to get out on the dance floor. He also loved birdwatching, wildlife watching, fishing, gardening, being on the lake, and spending time with his beloved family.
He is survived by his children, Denise Nelson of California, Debbi (Robin) Lynd of Woodstock, Ill., and Al (Melissa) Rhino of Woodstock; 10 grandchildren, Elizabeth (Chris) Loser, Britta Nelson, Erik (Ashley) Lynd, Jacob (Susie) Nelson, Charles Nelson, Stephen (Telan) Nelson, Alex Rhino, Nicole Rhino, David Lynd, and Lydia Rhino; seven great-grandchildren, Annelise Loser, Emmett Loser, Joshua, Jacob, Jeremiah, and Joseph Cook, and Luella Nelson; two sisters, Marilyn Le Seur and Shari (Tom) Chesak; a sister-in-law, Andrea (Jim) Paetsch; his caretaker and neighbor, Jim Holkup; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, LaVerne Peterson and Evelyn Nelsen; and his wife, Mim, in 2008.
There will be a gathering of family and friends at a later date in Illinois, followed by a formal funeral in the U.P. Arrangements are being finalized.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to United Lutheran Church, 506 Superior Ave., Crystal Falls, MI 49920.