Lewis M. Rinehart, 65, a retired bakery driver for Safeway Stores Inc. who was active in church groups, died of cancer Monday at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Washington.

Mr. Rinehart was born in Brodbecks, Pa., and grew up there. He enlisted in the Army in 1932 and was assigned to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment at Fort Myer. He served there until his discharge in 1937 and remained in the Washington area.

During the World War II, he went back in the Army and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge in Europe. His decorations included the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart.

He began his career with Safeway in 1946 and remained with the firm until his retirement in 1976. He was a member of the Safeway Employees' Association.

Mr. Rinehart was a member of the Evangel Assembly of God Church in Camp Springs and the Full Gospel Businessmen's association. He also was a 32nd degree Mason.

Survivors include his wife, Pauline, of Harwood, Md., where the family moved from Oxon Hill about five years ago; a son, J. David, of Dunkirk, Md.; two daughters, Shirley Lapore of Monrovia, Md., and Gloria Lau of Clinton, Md.; a brother, Albert, of Orlando, Fla., and eight grandchildren.