Robert Kinkade

Robert Kinkade

1928 - 2018

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Obituary of Robert Kinkade

A versatile problem solver and adventurer, Bob Kinkade died of natural causes Thursday, September 6th, surrounded by family, in his home of 62 years.


Born December 3, 1928, much of Bob’s childhood was shaped by the Great Depression. Hardship made him resourceful, resilient and fiercely loyal to those he loved.

In 1949, a U.S. Navy assignment sent him to Guam. From there, Bob went on to build rail lines through California, Idaho, and Nevada, where he eventually met his wife, Norma. Together, they moved to Boise’s North End, steps from Camel’s Back Park, which would feature greatly as they raised their daughters MaryAnn and Joyce. Each summer, Bob delighted in sharing the bounty from his urban garden.


Outside their beloved neighborhood, Bob scoured Idaho’s outdoors for star garnets, topaz, and obsidian, and even served as president of the Gem State Rock Club. He felt at home in the wild country and eagerly shared his knowledge during backpacking, hunting, and fishing excursions with his grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. After his retirement from Gate City Steel and the State of Idaho, Bob and Norma wintered in Arizona, welcoming other “snowbirds” as BLM camp hosts.

Bob will live on through his stories and family. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.