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Robert Hinkle of Hinsdale passed away Jan. 20, 2024.
He was born in Texas in 1930 to Lee and Edith Hinkle. Bob had many happy memories of his childhood and although he lived in Illinois for more than 60 years, he was always a loyal Texan.
Bob graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in civil engineering. After going to work for Chicago Bridge & Iron Co. in Houston, he lived and worked on engineering projects all over the United States. While in Chicago, Bob met and married Barbara in 1964. They lived in Indonesia and Ghana for several years where Bob managed projects for CBI. After returning to Chicago in 1967, Bob and his family settled in Hinsdale and he continued his career at CBI as an expert in construction for the nuclear industry.
Bob and Barbara raised their children in Hinsdale, and Bob was active in the community, serving on the Hinsdale Parks and Recreation Commission and the vestry of Grace Church. He was a Boy Scout leader for many years and especially enjoyed mentoring the Scouts and getting away on camping trips.
In retirement Bob set up a small consulting and construction firm. He fulfilled a life long dream to fly by earning his private pilot license and spent many happy hours in the air.
Bob was known as a kind and caring gentleman who loved life. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his children, Robert C. (Jeannemarie ) Hinkle and Kristin (Robert) Caudy; and his grandchildren, Alexandra, Jacqueline and Katherine Hinkle, and Gwyneth and Owen Caudy.
A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, at Grace Church, 120 W. First St., Hinsdale. A reception will follow in the parish hall. Brian Powell Funeral Directors of Hinsdale handled the arrangements.