ILWACO - Long Beach resident Robert "Bob" Dinkins, 74, died Nov. 13, 2003 in Ilwaco. Born Nov. 16, 1928 in Gervais, Ore., he was the son of William C. and Harriet (Edwards) Dinkins.
He attended school in Vancouver, moving to Portland in 1944 where he finished high school before joining the US Navy. Honorably discharged from the Navy in 1947, he went to work for the Corps of Engineers on the Army dredge Multnomah.
He attended Multnomah College in Portland majoring in auto mechanics and became the instructor for automatic transmissions for 17 months. He left that position to work in the field and traveled throughout the U.S. working in garages until 1954 when he settled in Kelso and began working for the Chevrolet garage in Longview.
Later he went into business for himself operating a garage and service station. He gave up the service station, but continued to operate the garage and served as a reserve police officer for the Kelso Police until April 1965 when he joined the Kelso Police Deartment as a full-time officer. In 1970 he was promoted to sergeant.
Mr. Dinkins attended the Basic Law Enforcement Academy at Longview Police and during his career in law enforcement he attended Clark College in Vancouver, Lower Columbia College in Longview and Everett Community College in Everett. In 1970 he became the instructor for the traffic school at Lower Columbia College. He retired from the Kelso Police Dept. in 1973 and drove school bus for the Kelso School District.
In 1960 Mr. Dinkins married Jolene Martin-Sales in Castle Rock, and they made their home in Kelso.
In 1980 the couple moved to the Long Beach Peninsula and he skippered the boats Candy Cane and Santa Claus out of the Port of Ilwaco for several years. He also drove school bus for the Ocean Beach School District and owned Angles Cafe in Ilwaco. He enjoyed his family and was a devoted father and grandfather. A life member of the Long Beach Elks Lodge he was also a member of the Kelso Masonic Lodge No. 94 and of Occident Masonic Lodge No. 99 in Ilwaco. He enjoyed fishing, wood working, anything mechanical and loved to putter around.
He was proceeded in death by both parents, his son Ricky (Richard Joe) Dinkins in 1962 and his brother Jack Dinkins in August 2003. He is survived by his wife of 43 years Jolene (Jo) Dinkins of the family home in Long Beach; sister Dora Lee Henson of Portland; daughters Barbara Drevesckracht and Terry Chenette both of Longview and Kimberly Crockford of Seaview; son Wayne Chenette of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; a total of eleven grandchildren, two of whom he and his wife raised, Shawntae Barnett of Long Beach and Amanda Perry of Seaview, and four great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Penttila's Chapel by The Sea in Long Beach. Members of Occident Lodge No. 99 conducted the service for their Masonic brother. A reception followed at the Masonic Lodge Hall in Ilwaco.