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Wednesday, January 22, 2014 9:05 PM

Aug. 18, 1932 Jan. 17, 2014

Robert A. “Bob” Brinkman, 81, of Tawas City, Mich., died Friday at Tawas St. Joseph Hospital.

He was born Aug. 18, 1932, in Delphos to Joseph and Lenore Brinkman, who preceded him in death.

Bob is survived by his companion, Ruth Coleman; daughter, Laurie (Rick) Rakestraw of Port Charlotte, Fla.; three sisters, JoAnn Klausing, Ruth Klima and Marge (Gene) Price; brother and sisters-in-law, Donna Brinkman, Gary (Delores) Whitford, Sherry Meske, Roger Whitford (Barb), Ronald Whitford (Susie), Larry (Kathy) Whitford, Bill (Sandy) Whitford, Dennis (Patti) Whitford and Terry (Jane) Whitford; three grandchildren, Jamie (Andrea) Rakestraw, Benji (Laura) Rakestraw and Amanda (Kevin) Dillon; five great-grandchildren, Nicholas Rakestraw, Ethan Rakestraw, Tess Rakestraw, Liliana Dillon and Owen Dillon; along with several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Pat (Whitford) Brinkman on Dec. 9, 2000; his brother, Jerry; brothers-in-law, Donald Klausing and Leonard Klima; and sisters-in-law, Kay Stephan and Fay Whitford.

Bob served during the Vietnam War in the United States Air Force and was honorably discharged after 20 years of service.

He worked as an auto mechanic at Herb’s Auto and later at Zubek Motors.

Bob enjoyed entertaining at the losco Medical Care Facility and the Senior Center for 20 years playing and singing and also participating in the senior band in Oscoda. He was known to many as “Uncle Bob” and he loved his country western music and was always found wearing a cowboy hat.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Buresh Funeral Home in Tawas City.

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