Darrell “Bumblebee” Rincker, 61, of Stewardson passed away at 3:30 p.m. Sunday (April 25, 2010) at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Strasburg with Pastor Steven Becker officiating. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the church. Burial will be in the Stewardson Cemetery with military rites. Brummerstedt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to his step-daughter, Jessica Woods Education Fund.

He was born November 11, 1948 in Stewardson the son of Leo F. and Mabel B. (Prosser) Rincker. He married Paula Jean Zike September 22, 1974 and she preceded him in death December 9, 1994. He then married Debra Woods September 10, 2005.

He was a member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Strasburg, baptized December 12, 1948, confirmed in the Christian faith April 15, 1962, confirmation verse Deuteronomy 31:6. He was a member of the America Legion Post # 611 and served in the US Army Reserves from 1968-1974. He was also a member of the Shelby County Farm Bureau, Advisor to Shelby County 4-H Fair, American Southdown Assn., United Suffolk Assn., Continental Dorset Club, Illinois Lamb and Wool Producers, National Cheviot Sheep Society, Illinois Cheviot Assn. (Secretary/ Treasurer), Land of Lincoln Purebred Livestock Assn., (Past President, currently Executive Secretary/ Treasurer and 2010 Hall of Fame recipient), Advisory Illinois Jr. Show Dept., and Illinois State Fair Advisory Board.

He started showing at the Illinois Sate Fair in 1964. He was a Master Purebred Sheep Producer of Illinois, Land of Lincoln Governor Sale of Champions, Shepherds Award NAILE. He was a grain and livestock farmer.

Bumblebee got his name in 1971, showing at the Decatur Macon County Fair. As a young kid of 21, he beat the big boys in the show ring. They said “who is he?” Keith Crone said he came in and stung like a bumblebee. He has had that name ever since. Darrell is known by Bumblebee from coast to coast. The “Bee” is quite the jokester and prankster around the sheep world. He will be sadly missed.

As Greg Smith said “the Bee was the first and best in power trimming sheep.” Every time you see a “Bee” you know the Bumblebee is around. He will be truly missed in the sheep world.

Surviving are his wife, Debra; sons, Jamie D. Rincker (Sarina) of St. Johns, MI and Dusty Lee Rincker of Stewardson; step-daughters, Nicole Woods of Charleston and Jessica Woods of Stewardson; step-grandchildren, Cadence and Judah; in-laws, Don and Betty Craig of Mattoon, brother-in-law, Tom Craig (Molly) of Charleston,; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Paula, sister, Virginia M. Rincker and infant daughter, Heather Rae.