Robert Foster (Bob) Reinicker, 82 of Roanoke passed away surrounded by his loving family on May 15, 2007. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the only surviving son of the late Harvey E. & Lynn I. Reinicker. He served in WWII in the 194th. Glider Infantry , 17th. Airborne Division. His glider was shot down and the German Army captured him on March 24, 1945. As a POW, he was marched across France to Germany and held prisoner until the Allied Victory. He was subsequently awarded the Bronze Star for his service and valor. Bob returned home to attend and graduate from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. Although he spent the early years of his life in educational sales, he was best known for his tireless volunteer work with the American Red Cross. Aptly named "The Greek God", he spent 23 years driving the lab van, assisting blood donors, and handing out cookies, hugs and kisses to all who needed them. Bob was a season ticket holder for the Virginia Tech Hokies since 1983. Some of his fondest memories were tailgating before the football games in Blacksburg with his children, grandchildren, and cheering for his beloved Hokies. Throughout his lifetime, Bob appreciated the beauty of our country. He hiked the Appalachian Trail and traveled the country learning the names of every tree and plant he encountered. Bob later took up running, completing several marathons. His running inspired his daughters to follow in his footsteps with their own athletic endeavors. His greatest joys in life were his girls, "His pride & joy". "GrandBob", as he was affectionately called, loved all his dogs, whether he was taking them for a run, cuddling them on his lap, or sneaking them food from the dinner table. He is survived by his three devoted daughters, Robin Hanle and her husband, Robert, of Little Rock, Arkansas, Betsy Henderson, and her husband, Jerry, of Roanoke, Virginia, and Jill Sandoval, and her husband, Dan, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, grandchildren, Mindy Giraudeau, Chris Matheny, Matthew Matheny, Molly Parker, Kevin Henderson, Nathan Hanle, Evan Springer, Alice and Samantha Sandoval, eight great grandchildren, with two more on the way, and his poodle, Colbie. The family would like to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to the entire staff of the Veterans Care Center for the loving care and concern given to Bob while he was a resident there. The family will receive friends at Oakey's South Chapel on Friday May 18th. From 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. There will be a private family service for the family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to suggest donations to the American Red Cross. Run Like The Wind, GRANDBOB! Arrangements by Oakey's South Chapel & Crematory. 989-3131.
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