OBITUARY

Robert Wayne McKinnis

August 12, 1947July 11, 2021

Robert “Bob” Wayne McKinnis, 73, of Henderson, NV, passed away on July 11, 2021 from a single vehicle accident in Elko, Nevada.

Bob was born in Kennewick, WA, August 12, 1947. As a youth he moved to the Vegas valley where he spent the majority of his life as a resident of Henderson. He married Diane Tobler March 17, 1965 in St. George, UT. Together they raised three children, Robert Lynn, Michael Wayne, and Katrina Grace.

Hard work was something he was accustomed to and never shied away from. He worked as a cook before he became an apprentice in the carpenters union. He was an amazing cook and made the best omelette on the planet! As a journeyman carpenter, he worked on many jobs in various locations. He spent a dozen years in Tonopah working at the test site. During this time he and Diane built a little oasis 30 miles outside of town with a variety of animals and fields of alfalfa. He was a builder of many things-and that small farm was a testament to what he was capable of. He never did anything half-hearted. It was all or nothing…go big or go home!

Bob was passionate about many things. He always had a project (or a dozen) rebuilding something. He could often be found tinkering in his shop or scouting out the local neighborhoods for old cars or boats to be fixed up. However, there was no place he would rather be than on the lake or on a mountain somewhere. His zeal for hunting and fishing was unparalleled. He hunted, fished, and trapped all over the western states; everything from antelope to weasels. (A to almost Z)

Bob was predeceased by his parents, Manford R. McKinnis and Melva I. Goin, his wife Diane Tobler, and his son Michael Wayne McKinnis. He is survived by his five siblings, Barbara, Manford, Warren, Beverly, and Ronnie, his two children, Robert Lynn McKinnis, and daughter Katrina (Tina) Eldridge, his seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

  • FAMILY

  • Bob was predeceased by his parents, Manford R. McKinnis and Melva I. Goin, his wife Diane Tobler, and his son Michael Wayne McKinnis.


    He is survived by his five siblings, Barbara, Manford, Warren, Beverly, and Ronnie, his two children, Robert Lynn McKinnis, and daughter Katrina (Tina) Eldridge, his seven grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Services

  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 24, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, July 24, 2021

  • Commital Service

    Saturday, July 24, 2021

Memories

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David Knell

July 23, 2021

Ever since I met Bob back in 1978 we were great friends. He helped me with so many projects and problems and was always there when I needed someone to talk to, unless he was in the mountains hunting or on the lake fishing 🎣 He taught me how to hunt and fish, I have fond memories of those Trips and will miss them. I watched his kids grow up and become the great people that they are today. I loved Bob as my Brother.

Sandra Kramer

July 22, 2021

I've known Bob most of my life as he lived two doors up from where I grew up. He always said hi and always waved as you drove by. Such a great man.

Joani Taylor fillman

July 19, 2021

Robert and Tina I am saddened of the passing of your Dad I just found out today. He was an excellent boss, friend, and mentor to me. He will be sadly missed

Cindy Montoya

July 19, 2021

Hi Robert was my grandma Margaret s neighbor for all of my life . he was a good man. Always there to help someone in need. I know cause he was always there for me. To his family.my condolences. Love you Bob . Your in heaven with God and you probably know there is great fishing there. Rest in peace.

Christine Manausa

July 19, 2021

I had the pleasure of knowing Bob for over 10 years. Bob was a good man, a loyal man - a man who loved his friends and family and there wasn't anything he would not do for them.

I will personally miss hearing his hunting and fishing stories, his sense of humor and hearing him talk about how much he loved his family.

Bob - you will be missed.

William Potter

July 18, 2021

My earliest memory of Bob came as a young child. I was friends with Mike and he had been showing me some rabbits the family kept. When we came from the yard into the kitchen Bob gruffly informed us we weren’t supposed to be “bothering” those rabbits and grabbed a piece of 2X4 from the top of the refrigerator. I ran for my life and left Mike to his fate . I’m sure Bob had a good laugh about the terror he put into my little heart.
Later, (after years of living in fear of Bob) I came to know him and love him, I will miss him, his love of adventure and great (if not always entirely true) stories. Robert and Tina, I offer my deepest sympathy.

Curt Bennion

July 17, 2021

I knew Bob when I served my 2 year mission in Las Vegas. He was one of the best men I ever had the pleasure of meeting in my life. A true friend. I will miss him dearly and our talks of the outdoors and hunting. His spirit and devotion to the Lord was unwavering. "Always welcome at my campfire" he always told me.
Until we meet again my dear friend.
-Curt Bennion

Grant Ebbenga

July 16, 2021

Bob's favorite phrase was FISH ON. Thanks for taking me under your wings and all the good times.

Lynda Langston

July 16, 2021

My prayers and all my love goes out to all of the family. I have very fond memories of growing up with Bobby, and I know he will be missed.
Much love to all,
Lynda Burgess Langston

Chuck and Andy Swift

July 16, 2021

We had so many good memories growing up with Bob here in Henderson. RIP and we will all see each other again one day. ❤️❤️❤️

The Swift Family

FROM THE FAMILY