Robert ‘Bob’ Martin Rink, 89


Aug. 13, 1927 —
March 25, 2017
Rochester, Minn. -  Robert “Bob” Martin Rink, age 89, passed away peacefully at Golden Living East in Rochester, Minn. on March 25, 2017. 
The funeral service for Bob will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the River Park Chapel at Macken Funeral Home in Rochester. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the Chapel. Burial will be in Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Cresco, Iowa. Military honors will be provided by American Legion Post 92 of Rochester. 
Macken Funeral Home is handling the arrangements, and online condolences are welcome at
Bob was born on Aug. 13, 1927 to Henry and Nora Rink in Lime Springs, Iowa. He attended country school in Elma, Iowa and graduated from Elma High School. He then worked on the family farm before enlisting in the U.S. Army. He was stationed in Germany during his enlistment. Following a medical discharge, he returned to Cresco, where he met JoAnn Eleanor Jordan. 
The two were married on July 19, 1955 in Cresco, at Assumption Catholic Church. Bob started working at Rath Packing Co. in Waterloo, Iowa, where he was employed until it closed in 1982. At this point in his life, he decided to “make his move” to start doing what he loved — driving cars and traveling the country. He was proud to have visited almost all of the 50 states. One of the famous stories during this time involved Bob getting lost in New York City for over seven hours while delivering a Winnebago camper. He passed the Statue of Liberty three times! Bob loved the harmonica, playing rummy with his family and buying scratch-off lottery tickets from places he traveled. 
He is survived by his sons, Dave (Vickie) Rink of Rochester and Jeff (Angela) Rink of Sioux Falls, S.D.; three grandchildren, Matt (Kelly) Rink of Minneapolis, Minn., Jennifer (Jeff) Anderson of Rochester and Jordan Rink of Sioux Falls; three step-grandchildren, Emily, Abby and Adam Groth of Sioux Falls, S.D.; and a great-granddaughter, Char-lotte Michelle Rink.
He is preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Philip; and a daughter-in-law, Liesl Rink.

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