Robert A. Pinkerton passed peacefully away May 1, 2014 at North Valley Extended Care in Tonasket, Wash. Bob, as he was known by those who loved him, was born and raised in Corona, Calif. to Frank and Blanche Pinkerton July 23,1924.
He was married to Arlene Norton at 21 and widowed at 28, and had daughters Marsha Blanton and Donna Van Vliet, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He married Elizabeth ‘Charley’ Sherman in 1968; they had 34 fun and eventful years of marriage, and he was preceded in death by Elizabeth in 2002. Step-daughters Susan Warren and Sandra Vaughn came with that marriage, along with four grand and 11 great-grandchildren.
Bob and his father were general contractors in Corona, and they built much of the town there in the ’40s. Bob also did rodeo stock contracting, then later in life he and Elizabeth became avid garage sale buyers and sellers during the many years they lived in Kettle Falls, Wash.
Bob never met a person that he didn’t engage in conversation, and “by golly” within five minutes he would find someone they both knew as a touchstone. “In other words”, Bob was a gregarious and friendly fellow, until he had a stroke that left him unable to speak, and came to reside at NVEC. He was still able to communicate with his beautiful smile, and all of the staff who cared for Bob were touched by his hard work to recover as best as able from his stroke, and by his smile and twinkling eyes that would light up the room and brighten everyone’s heart. He will be missed!
The family would like to extend many thanks and much appreciation for the loving and excellent care that Bob received while a resident in his new home at NVEC, and from his physician, Dr. Welton. Happy trials, Bob.