Robert P. "Bob" Rinehart (1943 - 2017)

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Anchorage resident Robert P. Rinehart, "Bob," died of complications of bladder cancer on Oct. 20, 2017, in Anchorage, Alaska.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m., on Oct. 28, 2017, at First Congregational Church, 2610 East Northern Lights Blvd., in Anchorage, with the Rev. Jacob Poindexter officiating.
Bob was born on Feb. 17, 1943, in Dallas, Texas, into the family of Roberta and John E. Rinehart Jr. He graduated from Crozier Technical High School in Dallas in 1961, and attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he met his wife, Carolyn. They married on July 4, 1964. Bob transferred to Stephen F. Austin State College in Nacogdoches, Texas.
For two summers he and Carolyn served on fire lookout towers in Glacier National Park, Mont. Bob earned a degree in forestry in 1968. After college, Bob worked for the Texas State Park Service, where he was assistant superintendent of Palo Duro Canyon State Park. It was here, in Amarillo, Texas, where his daughter Roberta, "Bobi," was born. Six weeks later, the young family departed for Montana and a long-anticipated job with the U.S Forest Service.
Bob lived in Superior and Missoula, Mont., until moving to Alaska in 1977. He lived in Anchorage and worked for the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management until his retirement in 1999. While at the BLM, he dealt with Native allotments, easements and other land decisions, traveling widely in the state.
Bob was an active member of First Congregational Church, where he ran the sound board and helped with the "Grandfamilies Brunches" for families of grandparents raising grandchildren. He regularly gave blood to the Blood Bank of Alaska. He was also a volunteer, fan and supporter of Alaska Public Media, especially public radio. For decades his favorite radio program was "A Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor. He was glad to meet Garrison in person on two show-sponsored cruises. He owned three small airplanes over the years and loved to fly.
The deluge of Facebook posts in response to his death notice showed that Bob treasured his friends, and they treasured him. He was thoroughly unselfish and kind, and he always brought out the light or funny side of things.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Blood Bank of Alaska, 1215 Airport Heights, Anchorage AK 99508; or First Congregational Church, 2610 East Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage, AK 99508.
Bob is survived by his wife of 53 years, Carolyn of Anchorage; daughter, Roberta B. Rinehart; Roberta's husband, Michael A. Erb; and granddaughter, Garland Grace Erb, all of Anchorage; and a brother, John Earl Rinehart Jr. of Seattle, Wash. Two sisters and four brothers preceded him in death. His cremated remains will be interred later at the family grave marker in the Athens Cemetery, Athens, Texas.


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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Oct. 26, 2017
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