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Robert Rinker


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Robert Rinker Obituary
Aug. 27, 1931 - Sept. 7, 2018Robert L. 'Bob' Rinker, 87, died peacefully at home in Pasadena from complications of lung cancer.He leaves his second wife Joyce Rinker, daughter Serena Rinker, son Dirk Rinker and wife Lori, son-in-law Jesse Gonzalez, granddaughters Sara and Camille Gonzalez, grandsons Matthew Rinker and wife Kelsey, Brian, Stephen, Timothy and Nathan Rinker, great-grandson Jacob Rinker, brother-in-law Jerry Major, sister-in-law Peggy Wright and stepson Keir Kingston.He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years Joanne Rinker (Major) in 2011 and daughter Rona Gonzalez (Rinker) in 2015. Born in Pasadena, California on August 27, 1931, He lived an extraordinary life, almost all in the Pasadena area. He graduated from Franklin High School and attended PCC before enlisting in the US Navy. He served three years during the Korean War on fire crew with the flagship DD 728 Mansfield, and for six more years in the Naval Reserve. Accepted into USC's School of Architecture, he graduated with a degree in architecture from the University of Oregon. He was named chief architect for Los Angeles County in 1989 and during his career influenced the design and construction of hundreds of County structures including Disney Concert Hall and the Twin Towers Jail. He authored the first-ever Environmental Impact Report and set standards for disabled access later adopted worldwide. He further served his profession for several years as a member of the California State Board of Architectural Examiners.Always seeking adventure, he was an avid fisherman, scuba diver, mountain climber, pilot, world traveler, sculptor, art lover, outdoorsman, history buff, Elk, museum docent, Methodist church trustee, singer, Shriner and recipient of the Masonic Order's Hiram Award. Together, Bob and Joanne impacted the lives of 30 international exchange students. He played his final basketball game at age 80. He served Scouting for 21 years, and advanced eight scouts to Eagle rank after two years as Scoutmaster of San Rafael's Troop 35.He modeled leadership to thousands of schoolchildren in the "Be All You Can Be" program he conceived, created and funded for Pasadena elementary schools.Memorial services to be held at 2:00 p.m. on November 3, 2018 in Lee Chapel at Pasadena First Church of the Nazarene, 3700 East Sierra Madre Boulevard, Pasadena, CA.Please send memorial gifts to or City of Hope.Please sign the guestbook at legacy.com/obituaries/pasadenastarnews.
Published in Pasadena Star-News on Sept. 16, 2018
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