Thomas Lee Pinkstaff, 73, left this earth Saturday, Oct. 15, 2005 from the family home in Atascadero. He was taken by his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, to live forever with Him and his Father, God, in Heaven. His loving wife of 50 years, Karen, and his two adoring daughters, Rhondi and Robin, were by his side. His family and friends rejoice that Tom now has a perfect, healthy body. A celebration of his life is scheduled for 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Paso Robles. A graveside service will immediately follow at Paso Robles District Cemetery.Tom was born Nov. 2, 1931 in Sandwhich, Ill. He was raised in Hammond, Ind. and Flat Rock, ill. He proudly served in the United States Navy from 1950-1954. He attended Valparaiso University and was a member of Phi Delta Theta. There he met his bride Karen Karla Kienow. They married the following year in Tucson, Ariz. He graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.He began his civilian career with RCA in Camden, N.J. and transferred to RCA, Van Nuys, Calif. in 1959. He continued his education at UCLA in Business Management and began a career with Hughes Aircraft, Missile Defense Systems in 1960. He was actively involved with the radar and missile systems of the F-11 through the F-18 aircraft. He was fascinated with the intricacies of "The Eye of the Eagle". Tom treasured the companionship of his co-workers. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a devoted Christian man and active member of Canoga Park Lutheran Church, Canoga Park, Calif. and Our Savior's First Lutheran Church in Granada Hills, Calif. before moving from Northridge in 1995. His steadfast faith was an example to his family and a blessing to many. Tom immensely enjoyed being in the company of believers. After retirement he busied himself with church work, his gradchildren and traveling with his wife and family. He was an instructor for the AARP Driver Safety Program. Tom enjoyed his role as an Associate Member of the Atascadero Republican Women Federated. He spent many hours volunteering at campaign headquarters. He sang in the Trinity Lutheran Church choir.He is survived by his wife, Karen; daughters and sons-in-law, Rhondi and Wayne Durand, Robin and Mark Rose; grandchildren, Carrie Renae and Ryan Lee Mitchell, Taylor Thomas and Tanner William Rose; sister, Peggy Joyce; and Clarence E. "Bud" Crozier. He was preceded in death by his parents, Austin Lee and Mildred Lorene Pinkstaff; and his brother, Max Eddie Pinkstaff.Memorial donations may be made to the Trinity Lutheran Pre-School Expansion Fund, 940 Creston Road, Paso Robles, CA 93446.
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