BUHL - Robert Lee Brinkman 71, of Sacramento, Calif., and formerly of Buhl, passed away at his home Wednesday, March 7, 2012.
Robert was born on Sept. 5, 1940, in Vernalis, Calif., to Ollie and Ras Brinkman. Robert lived in Tracy, Calif., where he farmed with his family. He moved to Twin Falls, Idaho, in 1968 and later to Buhl, Idaho, in 1970. He worked alongside his mother at Brinkman's Market in Buhl from 1971 to 1986. After leaving Brinkman's Market, he moved on to the insurance industry working for Twin Falls County Mutual and later Welch Obenchain Insurance. In 1997, Robert moved to Sacramento, Calif., and continued to work in the insurance field with Statewide Insurance until he retired in 2010. Robert's favorite pastimes included coaching Little League baseball and men's softball. He enjoyed bowling, hunting and golfing with his friends.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents, Ras and Ollie; brother, Charles (Shorty) Brinkman; and daughter, Cindra Brinkman Henson.
He is survived by his sons, Rob (Angie) Brinkman of LaDera Ranch, Calif., and Derrik (Amy) Brinkman of Buhl; sister, Doris Brinkman of Buhl; six grandchildren, Ryan, Lily, Hannah, Emma, McKenna and Madison; three nieces, Julie, Kristen and Lori; nephew, Jim; and stepfather, Loren Gurnea.
Services are being arranged by Farmer Funeral Chapel in Buhl. An open house for family and friends will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 19, at Farmer Funeral Chapel.