February 1, 1930 ~ October 10, 2015
Robert Merle Rinke, 85 Fargo, died Saturday, October 10, 2015, surrounded by family.
He was born in Kragnes, MN on February 1, 1930 to Clarence and Annie (Wilson) Rinke. He attended Kragnes elementary school and graduated high school in 1950 from Moorhead State Campus High School.
On May 8, 1951, Robert married Lois Elaine Mitchell in Fargo, ND where they raised five daughters.
While in high school, he joined the naval reserve and his unit was activated in 1952 during the Korean Conflict. He served on the USS Lewis until his ship was struck by torpedoes killing several men.
He worked at Northern State Power for over twenty years and, when the local plant was closed, he started his own business. He installed swimming pools and invented many swimming pool products, primarily steps and ramps. He owned multiple patents.
He was very social and often engaged total strangers in conversation. Robert dreamed big dreams and was always waiting “for the big one.” He never quit.
Robert was very proud of his children and grandchildren and celebrated their accomplishments. He is survived by four daughters: Robbie ( Bruce) Quick, Fargo; Barbara (Charles) Gordon, Bozeman, MT; Judy Timm, Colorado Springs, CO; Diane (Charles) Gill, Rosemount, MN; three sisters: Darlene Young, Fargo, ND; Mavis Haaland, Lakeville, MN, and Shirley (Ervin) Merkel, Great Falls, MT; and twelve grandchildren: Robert, Mitchell, and Anna (Trey) Scheetz, Christine (Tyler) Rasmussen, David and Erica Gordon, Anthony and Anna Gregorich, Derrick and Kendra Timm, and Tyler and Michael Gill.
He is preceded in death by his wife of fifty nine years, Lois; daughter Debra Gregorich; son-in-law Greg Timm; two brothers: Alvern and Roger Rinke, and three sisters: Joann Rinke, Lois Heller, and Jeanette Newton.
Memorials preferred to Fargo VFW and Concordia Lutheran Church/Cemetery Association.
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