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“I met my husband when he was a bartender at Pinky's 54 years ago. My condolences to the entire family. ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: Alice Kantin - Fresno, CA

“Dear Michelle and Cary,Michael and I were very sorry to hear about Pinky's passing. Our thoughts are with you.Lynne and Mike Belcher ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“My sympathy on Bob's passing. ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Denise Shaw - Franklin, WI

“I had the honor, and I do mean honor, of bowling with Bob in the 90's in Wisconsin Rapids at the bowling center I owed. I grew up in Racine and moved...Read More »
4 of 14 | Posted by: Mike Swendrowski

“Godspeed Pinky ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“Kristie, to you and your family I am so sorry for your loss.Your dad was a mentor and a friend to me. To many great memories to list. A true first...Read More »
6 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“We spent so much of our childhood with the Pinkalla's. Be it at Pinky's Bowl, (I remember Bob's dad and the "old" Pinky's with the manual pinsetter),...Read More »
7 of 14 | Posted by: Kathie Stempski Mervyn - WI

“Deepest sympathy to the entire family. Join us at Mamie's on Friday night - we'll chase your blues away! 33rd and National. 9:30PM. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Jim Wisniewski - Ithaca, WI

1967 Champions & ABC Record Score “Bob Pinkalla was truly one of Wisconsin's great bowlers. He also was real gentleman and a First Class individual. Bob was one of my bowling idols...Read More »
9 of 14 | Posted by: Dennis Scott - Lakeland, GA

Pinky's Bowl ABC Record
10 of 14 | Posted by: Dennis Scott

“Sorry for your loss. I always liked and respected Bob. He was a great guy and helped me a lot. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“My sincere sympathy to the family of Bob Pinkalla - a great bowler and proprietor ofthe famous Pinky's Bowl in Milwaukee. We will always remember...Read More »
12 of 14 | Posted by: Gloria Behr - Menomonee Falls, WI

“Our sincere condolences to the entire Pinkalla family. What fond memories of Bob your family will always cherish.The Patrick Hansen Family ”
13 of 14 | Posted by: A friend

“Bob & Barbara and the kids were a big part of my childhood. My dad Mike bartender at Pinky ' s for decades and the families spent many fun times...Read More »
14 of 14 | Posted by: Barbara Stempski Gambrell - SC


Robert K. Pinkalla In the early morning hours of April 13, 2015, God peacefully reached down for Robert and brought him home to everlasting life. Robert lived a very productive and meaningful life. He married his Pulaski High School sweetheart Barbara (nee Granum) and lived happily for another 65 years. He was the dear father of Cary (Michelle), Gregory (Tricia), Kristie (Greg) Ward, Dale (Chris) and Kurt R. Pinkalla. Grandfather of 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Brother of Wayne (Carol) Pinkalla. Robert was the former owner of the legendary Pinky's Bowl (originated in 1937) on 27th and Oklahoma and Pinky's Bowl West in Moreno Valley, California. Robert was inducted into both the Milwaukee and Wisconsin Bowling Hall of Fame, had 13 sanctioned 300 games, made 40-straight appearances at the ABC Tournament, set the all-time World Record for both the 3-man single game and series in 1960. Set the all-time World Record in 1960 for individual season average at 238.24/game, set the ABC Tournament Team record in 1967, placed 2nd at ABC Singles in 1969, and 2nd at ABC All Events in 1975, won the World 8-Man Team Championship in Malmo, Sweden in 1967, won the Doubles Tournament of Champions in 1967, Copenhagen, Denmark, placed 3rd at World Doubles in Malmo, Sweden, placed 1st at Hoinkes Classic Doubles Tournament in 1969-71. Robert was the captain of the record setting Maynard Steel and Pinky's Bowl teams that won ten Milwaukee City Championships. Robert reached many more bowling milestones in his 50-plus year bowling career, far to many to mention. Although Robert enjoyed his many bowling related accomplishments in his life, he savored the many summers he experienced growing up on his parents Kangaroo Lake home in Door County. Robert was later driven to find and create another destination that his family and friends would come to know and love as "Lake Camelot", a place where Robert and Barbara would spend the next twenty-three years of their lives, sharing the many "good times" that were had. Visitation at Harder Funeral Home on Friday, April 17 from 4:00-6:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) or the American Diabetes Association are appreciated. Special thanks to the loving and caring doctors and staff at Community Memorial Hospital and Gentiva Home Healthcare.

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