Lyle L. Rhinehart

OSWEGO, NY – Lyle L. Rhinehart, of Scriba, NY, was born September 28, 1939, and passed away on Wednesday August 5, 2015, with his wife and children by his side after a short illness.

Lyle was an avid outdoorsman and spent many years sharing outings, knowledge and his skills with his friends and family, as well as his children and grandchildren.

Lyle grew up in Scriba; played fast-pitch softball as a younger man, loved birdwatching in his backyard and gardening.

A diehard Yankees fan for life, he could build or fix just about anything he set his mind to.

Lyle’s immediate and extended family was the most important elements in his life.

Lyle graduated from Mexico High School and was employed by the Town of Scriba Highway Department most of his adult life. He retired from there as superintendent in 1998.

He remained active in his hometown and county as a Republican committee member and a life member of the Scriba Historical Society.

He was also a member of the Oswego County Superintendents’ Association, The Oswego County Agricultural Society and a lifelong member of the NRA.

Lyle loved taking trips and leaf peeping with his wife of 54 years, Rosalind (Rose) Albright.

Lyle will be greatly missed by his three children, Kelly (Steve) Harris, Frederick (Patti Loughrey) and Tracy (Scott) Samson, all of Scriba.

One of Lyle’s greatest joys and source of pride was his five grandchildren.

Watching them grow, sharing stories and knowledge with them and watching each of them involved in their various activities provided him with many years of happiness.

Anthony Samson, Matthew Samson, Jacob Rhinehart, Megan Rhinehart and Nathaniel Wagner will miss their grandfather immensely, as will all those who knew him.

Lyle was predeceased by his parents, Frances (Baker) and Gerald Rhinehart.

He is survived by his two siblings, Ralph Rhinehart of Scriba and Barbara (Cal) Headrick of Augusta, Ga.

He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be from 2-5 p.m. August 9 at Nelson Funeral Home, West First Street, Oswego.

Services will be held on Monday, August 10, at Sacred Heart Church on the corner of county routes 4 and 176 at 10 a.m.


  1. Rose & family, saddened to hear of Lyle’s passing. I enjoyed working with Lyle while a town councilman. He did a great service to the Town of Scriba, and he will be missed !

  2. Very saddened to hear of Lyle’s passing. I have many, many fond memories of Lyle and our buddies growing up in Lycoming. Rose, Ralph, Barb and families, please know we wish you comfort at this time. Bob (Squint) & Virginia Askew

  3. Dear Rose and Family,
    I am so sad to hear of Lyle’s passing. I am so thankful to have known him and called him a friend. He was at “coffee” with the boys the last time we were home at the end of June. I was able to talk with him and give him a hug goodbye. I never thought it would be the last time, but I am so very grateful for that opportunity. He promised me he would never divulge my middle name to the 9 o’clock class and in true Lyle form, he kept that promise. Rest in peace friend .

  4. With sincere sympathy to Lyle’s family and friends. I am saddened to read about Lyle’s passing. My heart goes out to you and your family. Lyle and I were classmates and graduated in 1957. Although it has been quite some time since I last saw him I still remember his beautiful smile. May the many good memories you all have of the good times give you some comfort in the days, weeks and months ahead. With sincere condolences.
    Joanne (Stowell) Moffett, MACS Class of ’57

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