James D. "Jim" Rinkema, 68, of Springfield, Illinois died on February 18, 2015 at his home. Jim served in Kilo Company, 3/26 in 1966 and 1967. He was born September 11, 1946 in Springfield, the son of David and Tempe Louise Gillespie Rinkema. Jim was an avid sports fan, especially the New York Yankees. He loved his dog, Tex and was devoted to his grandchildren. He is survived by his son, Eric Rinkema of Belton, MO; daughter, Jamie (husband, Tom) Draper of Springfield; two grandchildren, Savannah and Alexander Draper; sister, Karen (husband, William) Haywood of SC; four nieces; and one nephew.
Jim was buried at Camp Butler National Cemetery, Springfield, Illinois.