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Robert A. Tinsley

Robert A. Tinsley

Robert A. Tinsley, 81, of Bemidji died Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Neilson Place in Bemidji, MN.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 am Saturday, January 5, 2013 at the Cease Family Funeral Home in Bemidji, MN with the Bahai Community officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at the Evergreen- Northern Township Cemetery in Bemidji with Military Honors will be provided by the VFW post # 1260 of Bemidji.

Robert was born December 12, 1931 in Bryan, Texas, the son of James and Velma (Atkins) Tinsley. He graduated from Bryan High School in 1949. During the Korean Conflict Bob served his country in the U.S. Navy. He graduated from Texas A&M in 1956. For nineteen years Bob worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Plano, Texas. In 1976 Bob moved from Texas to Estes Park Colorado where he lived until 1982. While living in Colorado, Bob managed a resort and owned a commercial janitorial business. He married Jacque Smole in 1981. The two of them moved to Bemidji in 1982 where they raised their daughter Katie. Bob worked for the Bemidji Pioneer for nineteen years, and as a manager at the Chief Movie Theater. In 2000, Bob retired from the Pioneer, and worked at Wal-Mart and helped his wife with their family child care business. Bob was a member of the Baha’i Faith and served on the Local Spiritual Assembly of the Baha’is of Beltrami County for over twenty-two years. Bob was a kind, loving father and husband and a quiet “behind-the-scenes” kind of guy. He loved fishing, camping, and gardening, and found peace by showing kindness to animals and nature.

He is survived by his wife- Jacque Tinsley of Bemidji

Daughter- Kathryn (Jaron) Ballou of Minneapolis, 3 sons- Paul, Robert and James Tinsley all of Colorado, and 3 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

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