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Richard C. Rine, German-American musician, headed VFW post Dec. 11, 1926 -- Sept. 13, 2005

A Mass of Christian Burial for Richard C. Rine of West Seneca, who performed with local German-American bands, was offered today in Queen of Heaven Catholic Church, West Seneca, after prayers in Hoy Funeral Home, West Seneca. Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Cheektowaga.

Mr. Rine died Tuesday in The Waters of Orchard Park of complications from diabetes. He was 78.

Known as "Schultzie," he was born in Buffalo and was a graduate of East High School.

A veteran of World War II, he served with the Army's Troop Airlift Command in Europe.

Mr. Rine had worked as a maintenance supervisor for M&T Bank from 1985 until retiring in 1996.

He played bass drum with the Frankfurters, a local German-American band, for 25 years and was a former member of the Sauerkrauts of Eden.

Mr. Rine was a member of Schuhplattler
Gebirgstrachten (mountain costume) Verein Edelweiss and was a dancer in earlier years.

He also was a member and past commander of Post 8113, Veterans of Foreign Wars, West Seneca, known as the "Chicken Coop."

His wife, Grace Lembke Rine, died in 1998.

Survivors include two daughters, Kathleen Bush of Silver Springs and Margaret Jesz of Allen, Texas; two sons, Arthur of Angola and Michael of West Seneca; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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