Robert was born on May 12, 1933 in Ayshire, Iowa to Hobert and Pauline (Lorenzen) Tinius. He was a graduate of Laurens High School, in Laurens, IA. On August 18, 1952 he married the love of his life Dolores at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. Unto this union four children were born. Robert was in the Army from 1954-1956; before joining the army he enjoyed flying planes, so he trained as a paratrooper.
He worked construction most of his life. He owned and operated Tinius Construction in Charles City for 20 years. Robert built many buildings here in Charles City, including Buy-Low gas station on the north end of town, Mills Plumbing and Heating, Dollar Store building, on the east side of town he built the largest hanger at the airport, old Gil White building behind Superior Lumber. On the south side of town he built the 2 building that are Comp System Sales, Moose lodge, Dairy Queen, the Veterinary Clinic, the first McDonalds, Bistro Restaurant, and over 65 houses in Charles City. Robert and Dolores moved to Branson, MO, where he owned/developed/built over 140 condos on Table Rock Lake. Treehouse condominiums is quite a tribute to his “high school” education and self-taught on the job training.
Robert and Dolores attended church and were members for many years at First Congregational Church. He was a past president of Area Development Board. Robert enjoyed playing golf, reading and was an active computer user from the internet to his Facebook, which he loved. He really liked to be Facebook friends with his grandchildren, and commented on their posts. He was also famous for his non-traditional Christmas letters. He wanted to be called “Grumpa” by the grandchildren; it put a smile on his face. Robert was a hard worker and will be missed by all who knew him.
Robert is survived by his wife of 61 years Dolores, daughters, Gayle (Tom) Brunner of Charles City, Barb (Rick) Burton also of Charles City, Deb Tinius (Dick Miller) of Morton, IL, and son Jason (Rebekah) Tinius of Columbia, MO. He is also survived by his sisters, Avie Bombard and Marlene Pannkuk, his ten grandchildren, Rich (Janice), Greg (Carin), Amy, Kurt (Jen), Kelli (Eric), Adam, Taji, Ty, Jona, and Henry, four great-grandchildren Jadyn, Cade, Mya and Greyer, and many nieces and nephews. Robert will be missed by the family dog, Emry.
He is preceded in death by his parents, sister Jean Kyle and brother Roger Tinius.
Those planning on an expression of sympathy are asked to direct memorials to Charles City YMCA, P.A.W.S or a place of their choice in his name.
Fullerton-Hage Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 401 Blunt Street, Charles City, IA. (641) 228-4211. Online condolences may be left at www.fullertonfh.com.