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Mrs. Rhonda Denise Shinabarger, 64, of Bristol, passed away peacefully following an extended illness at the home of her sister Becky Curtis (where she had been convalescing) on Tuesday, October 31, 2023 at 3:30 pm.
She was born in Elkhart on August 6, 1959 to the late Raymond D. and Winifred L. (Schooley) Rentfrow, Sr. and later married her beloved Carl E. Shinabarger, who survives at home.
Also surviving are sons Kenneth R. (Suzanne) Shinabarger of Elkhart and Robert E. (Angel) Shinabarger of Greer, South Carolina; her brother R. Dean (Kelly) Rentfrow, Jr. of Bristol; sister Rebecca “Becky” Curtis of Bristol; grandchildren Logan (Samara Gipson) Shinabarger, Zoe Shinabarger, Korbin Dibble, Amiya (Gavin Downie) Dibble and Kaitlynn Shinabarger nieces and nephews Ryan Rentfrow, Danielle Alexander, Tim Curtis, Elizabeth Kensington and Jeremy “JD” Adams, who was also Rhonda’s work buddy at several different area RV facilities. She is also survived by close friends Mary Brindley Niehaus and Dave and Linda (aka “Aunt Linda”) House, along with a lifetime of loving extended family and good friends. She will also be missed by her two dogs, Karma and Milo, who also survive at home, but is preceded in death by her beloved pit bull Buddy.
Billings Funeral Home and Cremation Services are hosting Rhonda’s homegoing services beginning with a time of gathering and fellowship on Thursday, November 9, 2023 from 4-7 pm. Funeral services will then be held on Friday, November 10, at 11:00 am with visitation there one hour prior. Chaplain Lois Tamayo of Goshen Hospice will officiate and burial will follow at Oakridge Cemetery in Bristol. A luncheon has been arranged following services at The Gathering Place at Billings Funeral Home at 1 pm.
Rhonda worked in the RV industry most of her adult life, mostly in warranties, claims and quality control. She finally stepped away in August 2022 after several decades of service because of health reasons. She was working with her nephew JD at Grand Design RV in Middlebury at the time of her retirement.
Rhonda was an avid aficionado of the great outdoors and wouldn’t have it any other way. She was a superb fisherman and loved to get any chance to get a bobber or a line wet. She also liked to go camping at Cass Lake where she could get in some more fishing, go tooling around the lake on her pontoon boat and enjoy sitting by the campfire with family and friends. Rhonda was quite the professional griller, and there always seemed to be some healthy competition between her and her brother Dean as to who was the best cook, who had the niftiest “Blackstone” outdoor grill and the likes. These friendly competitions usually resulted in some of the best pulled pork and ribs that you’d ever taste. She was a huge fan of Guy Fieri and was also a great cook as well, with breakfasts being her most requested meal.
All in all, Rhonda was a lovely lady that dearly loved her husband, her children and her grandchildren. Nothing made her happier than to have her family around her.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the charity of one’s choice.