Sharon Lou (Waugthal) Rhynalds, 1958

Spring 2019 (May 16, 2019)

Sharon Lou (Waugthal) Rhynalds, 1958

Sharon Lou (Waugthal) Rhynalds, 80 years of age, of rural Oxford, Neb., passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 27, 2018, at the Phelps Memorial Health Center in Holdrege, Neb.  Sharon was born April 8, 1938, in Black River Falls, Wis., the second of four children born to George W. and Lucille A. (Lietz) Waughtal.  Sharon was baptized and confirmed at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Black River Falls. The family made their home in Black River Falls, where she received her primary education and later graduated from Black River Falls High School, with the Class of 1956. Sharon then pursued higher education from Luther College in Iowa. Following her education, Sharon worked as a retail clerk in Madison, Wis.

On Feb. 3, 1962, Sharon was united in marriage to Philip L. Rhynalds in Black River Falls. The couple farmed and made their home in rural Oxford. This union was blessed with two daughters: Leigh and Lisa. Sharon enjoyed riding motorcycles and was an avid NASCAR and Green Bay Packers fan. She was a band mother, a 4-H leader and a Sunday school teacher.

Sharon and Phil owned and operated R&F Department Store in Oxford from 1968 to 1972. In 1974, the couple bought the H&R Block office in Oxford, and prepared income taxes for 40 years. Sharon was a Past President of the Oxford Chamber of Commerce. She was one of the first women in Nebraska to be elected to this position. She was a member of the Oxford United Methodist Church and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Tuscan Chapter of Kearney, Neb.

She leaves to celebrate her life; her husband, Philip Rhynalds of rural Oxford; two daughters: Leigh Rhynalds and her friend, Bill Prange of Fort Collins, Colo., and Lisa Rhynalds and friend, Carl Kramer of Oxford; one sister, Pat Anderson and her husband, Glenn of Black River Falls; two brothers, Charles Waughtal of Black River Falls and William Waughtal and his wife, Ruane of Black River Falls; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents.

There was no visitation as the family has honored Sharon’s wish for anatomical donation.

A memorial has been established in Sharon’s honor, and kindly suggested to the University of Nebraska Foundation - Huntington’s Disease Research and Education Fund.

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The Mitchell-Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Oxford was in charge of the arrangements.