Robert (Bob)'s Story
Robert P. Rinehart (Bob) died of complications of bladder cancer Oct. 20, 2017, in Anchorage, Alaska. He has extended family in the Athens area.
A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 28 at First Congregational Church in Anchorage, with the Rev. Jacob Poindexter officiating. His cremated remains will be interred later at the family grave marker in the Athens Cemetery.
Bob was born 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, Montana. 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, Montana, 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.
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 99508, or First Congregational Church, 2610 E. Northern Lights Blvd., Anchorage 99508.
Bob is survived by his wife, Carolyn, of Anchorage; daughter, Roberta B. Rinehart, her husband, Michael A. Erb, and granddaughter, Garland Grace Erb, all of Anchorage; and a brother, John Earl Rinehart Jr., of Seattle. Two sisters and four brothers preceded him in death.
Published on October 27, 2017