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Palo Alto Weekly

Community Pulse - January 20, 2012

Deaths

Robert B. Kavinoky

Robert Kavinoky, 91, died Dec. 20 at home in Palo Alto.

Bob, as he was known to family and friends, was born and raised in Pasadena, Calif. He attended Pasadena City College, where he met his future wife, Bee, at a Halloween dance. They were married April 2, 1942, in San Diego, Calif., when he was in the Navy.

He was in the Navy from 1942 to 1945 and was stationed at Pearl Harbor during World War II. After the war, he earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees in civil engineering from Stanford University. During his career as a civil engineer he worked for Purity Stores, Westinghouse, Bechtel Corp. and Stanford University.

He was active with his wife for more than 60 years at Wesley Methodist Church. He was also involved in Friendly Visiting and The California Avenue Development Association. He and his wife lived in College Terrace for more than 60 years, where they raised their three children.

His wife of 60 years died in February. He is survived by his three children and their spouses, Larry and Sue Kavinoky of Palo Alto, Rick and Sue Kavinoky of Santa Rosa and Chris and Karen de Vos of Lake Tahoe. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. at Wesley Methodist Church, 470 Cambridge Ave., Palo Alto. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made in his memory to VITAS Hospice Charitable Fund, 5430 N.W. 33rd Ave., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309; or to your favorite charity.

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