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Robert Edgar Tinsley


06/23/1924 - 09/14/2015 Obituary
Robert Edgar Tinsley Obituary
Robert Tinsley passed away September 14th, 2015 in Bakersfield, California. He was born to James and Gertrude Tinsley in Bakersfield, California on June 23, 1924. He served proudly in the Army Air Corp as a Radio Operator during WW II (the big one!) Upon his honorable discharge, he returned to the family business, the Wil-Sav-U market.
He met his wife Dorothy, married in 1947 and began raising their family. He was an accomplished musician with dozens of copyrighted songs, including TV appearances on L.A. based TV shows in the 1950's. Later he was active in the Kern County Jazz Society and played trumpet in a German band by the name of The Snickelfritzers. He later had a lengthy career with Standard Brands Paint Company as a Salesman, where he retired in 1987.
Upon retirement he was able to enjoy his many hobbies. He was an avid painter, writer, and gardener. He began writing and publishing numerous stories and cartoons in national magazines.
He spent his last year at Hallmark Assisted Living, bravely battling illness, where he once again began writing stories, and still had more to tell. He enjoyed listening to Dixieland bands and the classical composers he'd enjoyed his entire life, especially Wagner, with whom he felt a special connection.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy, a son, Donald Tinsley, and daughter, Carolyn Abraham. He is survived by a son, Steven Tinsley of Bakersfield, a daughter, Linda Lee of Rocklin, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Per his request, no formal services will be held.
As with his beloved wife Dorothy, Mother Earth will now reclaim him, returning him to his origin, and though he will be as one with the earth forever, he will also be as one in our hearts forever.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Sept. 24, 2015
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