Bob was born on August 31, 1922 in Arlington, Ohio. He was the son of the late Edward and Ethel Brinkman.
Robert served his country in the 805th Signal Service Company as a Cryptographer during World War II on the USCGC Ingham. He was awarded 3 bronze stars in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater, 1 Bronze Star Philippine Liberation as well as the Victory Medal for good conduct.
On May 15th, 1943, he married his beloved wife Helen Bishop Brinkman, his high school sweetheart. They celebrated their 73rd anniversary on May 15th, 2016.
After the Army, Robert worked with the State Department in France. Later he joined Firestone Tire & Rubber Company where he worked in various roles including sales and management for 25 years. After retiring from Firestone and relocating to Florida, he worked for Don Olson Firestone. He also enjoyed golfing and playing bridge in his free time. After 16 years in Florida, he and Helen moved to Leesburg, Virginia where he continued to play bridge and enjoy his grandchildren.
In addition to his wife he leaves three daughters: Barbara Bowes and her husband Ray of Annandale, VA; Diana Jobson and her husband George of Blacksburg, VA: and Sandra Brinkman-Denney of Purcellville, VA. He also leaves 9 grandchildren, Laura, Lisa, Angela, Brian, Matthew, Paul, Robert, Sean, and Sara; and 12 great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends for visitation on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM with a service to celebrate Bob’s life following at 3pm. Services will take place at Loudoun Funeral Chapel, 158 Catoctin Circle, S.E., Leesburg, VA 20175.The Rev. Cary Johnson will be officiating.
Entombment services will be held privately by the family at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Capital Caring Hospice, 24419 Millstream Drive Aldie, VA 20105.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.loudounfuneralchapel.com