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Robert “Bob” Shinkan

November 18, 1953 - February 24, 2022
Visitation
Kish Funeral Home
10000 Calumet Ave.
Munster, Indiana 46321
219-924-3333 | Map
Monday 2/28, 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Memorial
Kish Funeral Home
10000 Calumet Ave.
Munster, Indiana 46321
219-924-3333 | Map
Monday 2/28, 7:00 pm

Robert “Bob” Shinkan age 68 of Munster, Indiana passed away on Thursday, February 24, 2022. He is survived by his wife, Laura, sons Scott (Laura) Shinkan of Arlington Heights, IL and Michael (fiancé Genna Noel) of St. John, IN; brother George (Nadene) Shinkan of Munster, IN, two grandchildren Grady and Paddy Shinkan, special sister-in-law ChristiContinue Reading

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Bob and Rhea Lindemann left a message on March 8, 2022:
To Laura, Scott, and Michael, We are so sorry we were not able to express our condolences in person. We have fond memories of attending MHS baseball games and following the team to the Semi-state and State Championships when our children were at MHS, and of Bob as their geometry teacher. We are so sorry for your loss.
Tom Grothouse left a message on March 3, 2022:
Laura, Michael and Scott, First let me express on behalf of my immediate family of the Grothouse’s, Hamer’s and Kinzer’s our deepest sympathies regarding Bob going home to the Lord way to early in life… I don’t recall having the privilege of meeting any of Bob’s family in person over the years. Once I graduated from Munster High School in 1970, I moved to California to play baseball and go to college; and then shortly after getting married moved to Florida where we have lived for over 35 years. However, my sisters who live in Munster and Crown Point have kept me informed about Bob and communications they have had with him. I am writing this note to express my thoughts and to honor not only Bob, but to honor his “standing in the gap and extending the legacy” of those many tremendous men who affected our lives though their coaching and mentoring of many of us at Munster High School. Men who we all recognize, and who choose a career, like Bob to teach and coach … Men like John Friend, Dick Hunt, Mike Niksic, Dave Kerneghan, Mr. Rosonau, Ed Robinson, and Ed Sherry… These men, although on staff at the High School, sacrificed their time and effort to help us become the best athletes and young men we could become… They pushed us and instilled in us an honorable winning legacy which is what Munster High School desired as its reputation which was critical considering we were only the 4th graduating class of Munster High School. These men became an indisputable part of our own life’s history and legacy. However, they are not the only men we should honor along with Bob at this time. I would like to honor those men who coached Bob and I and many others, who were not part of the school faculty, but who volunteered their time and energy without pay; who gave of themselves at Community Park teaching and coaching us in the summers. Men who, like Bob, gave of themselves from unselfish hearts to impact young men at very critical times in our lives. Men like Bob’s father, Robert Shinkan, Ken Grasty, Pete Murphy, Mr. Tredder, Jim’s father, George Brooks, Rusty’s father, Paul Waisnora, Ron and Mike’s father and Mr. Hagberg, Gus’s father. These are men whose dedication to other families and young athletes proved to have tremendous impact on all of us… So in this piece, please know that my desire is to show respect for Bob, his family, his coaching, his teaching and who he still is. In order for us to accomplish this we have to look back and reflect on the legacy of wonderful, strong men who not only taught us about baseball and other sports, but faith, and life. In my opinion, Bob picked up that mantel, and continued that legacy of great men who impacted the lives of so many young men. So on behalf of all your teammates of the 1969-1970 Munster High School Varsity Baseball Team of Bill Bell, Mark Ballard, Rusty Brooks, Ken Detzner, Gary Duffala, Dave Edinger, Dave Morino, Bob and Dave Parker, Gary Starewitz, Mike Waisnora, Roger Weinberg, Dave Wolak, and Denny Borgman and myself, we want to say… “Well done Bob, you did us proud”…. Respectfully, Tom Grothouse
Lorrie Maas left a message on February 28, 2022:
Our deepest condolences on the loss of your brother.Thinking of you, Barb, and your family.
Nancy Konopasek left a message on February 28, 2022:
In memory of Robert "Bob" Shinkan, Nancy Konopasek lit a candle
Sheryl Kozy left a message on February 28, 2022:
Our son Denham had the honor of playing for Coach Shinkan last year and will always have treasured memories of him as will we. Sending loving prayers to his wife, children, grandchildren and entire family during this difficult time.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Robert Morris left a message on February 28, 2022:
Our deepest condolences to Laura, Scott, Michael and their families. The Morris Family
Amy Izzo left a message on February 28, 2022:
My deepest condolences to the Shinkan family. May God bring peace & comfort during this time. May Bob rest in eternal peace.
Nick Fies left a message on February 28, 2022:
Coach Shinkan had an impact on so many lives. I am grateful for all of the baseball memories. Thank You, Coach!
Robert Kemp left a message on February 28, 2022:
I wanted to thank Coach Shinkan’s family members for sharing him with all of us for all these years. I am grateful to have known him during my formative years at Munster High School. He was a great coach and teacher. He was always such a positive person around us students. The whole Munster community is grateful for everything he represented and achieved and he will be missed. My prayers and gratitude go out to his family at this difficult time.
Julie Alvarez left a message on February 27, 2022:
I am so sorry for the loss bob was such an amazing man and such a kind hearted person he will be missed very much
Mark Elias left a message on February 26, 2022:
Thanks for all the baseball memories. RIP
Nancy Pumnea DeWitt left a message on February 26, 2022:
My hearfelt condolences go out to the Shinkan family, especially to Barb (Bob’s Sister). Our families were very close, so I grew up with Bob. He was always kind, full of life, but loved to keep you on your toes by teasing you. He lived for his sports. He will be missed, and as they say, “ The good die young”. Rest in Peace Bobby💜.
Nancy Pumnea DeWitt left a message on February 26, 2022:
My hearfelt condolences go out to the Shinkan family, especially to Barb (Bob’s Sister). Our families were very close, so I grew up with Bob. He was always kind, full of life, but loved to keep you on your toes by teasing you. He lived for his sports. He will be missed, and as they say, “ The good die young”. Rest in Peace Bobby💜.
Vince Palmera left a message on February 26, 2022:
Prayers to your entire family. May Bob rest in peace with the grace of our lord.
Debbie Holmes left a message on February 26, 2022:
Sending my condolences to the family for your loss. Shink was my volleyball coach my Freshman year at MHS and my Geometry teacher in the 10th grade. He had the happiest demeanor and was a positive influence during my years at MHS.
Harold Paz left a message on February 26, 2022:
Sadly I never had him for a teacher but whenever I passed him in the hallway he always had something nice to say 😪
Mary Clark left a message on February 26, 2022:
May Bob’s memory be forever eternal. My condolences to Bob’s family. God bless!
Mike Waisnora left a message on February 26, 2022:
My Thoughts & Prayers are with the entire Family in this time of need ! May he Rest In Peace ! 🙏
Mike Waisnora left a message on February 26, 2022:
My Thoughts & Prayers are with the entire Family in this time of need ! May he Rest In Peace ! 🙏
Catherine DeMeyer left a message on February 26, 2022:
Oh my gosh I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I never had him as a teacher but I always talk to him in the hallways. He seemed like such a great man. My friends that I knew that had him in high school said what a great teacher he was. He was a Munster High School teacher. couldn't get any better than that. Please know that me and my family will have you when our thoughts and prayers.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Leroy & Jamie Marsh left a message on February 26, 2022:
Bob was like family to us. He fought a brave fight. We truly loved you and will miss you always. Enjoy those Angel wings! Love, Leroy & Jamie
Leroy & Jamie Marsh left a message on February 26, 2022:
Bob was like family to us. He fought a brave fight. We truly loved you and will miss you always. Enjoy those Angel wings! Love, Leroy & Jamie
Ann Clapman left a message on February 25, 2022:
Laura and family, so sorry to hear about Bob, thoughts and prayers to you all. Bob made my years involved with the old Munster pool very enjoyable. He was a really great guy.
alexis goddard left a message on February 25, 2022:
You were a amazing person you inspired so many people! Rest easy❤️
Phyllis Gilworth left a message on February 25, 2022:
Laura and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was such a wonderful person.
Phyllis Gilworth left a message on February 25, 2022:
Laura and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was such a wonderful person.
Phyllis Gilworth left a message on February 25, 2022:
Laura and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Bob was such a wonderful person.
Garrett Tienstra left a message on February 25, 2022:
I knew of Shinkan back when I was in High School. While we weren't particularly close, he was a great teacher, both in the classroom and on the field. My condolences are with his family.
Carmen Zoppetti left a message on February 25, 2022:
In memory of Robert "Bob" Shinkan, Carmen Zoppetti lit a candle
Dave szakacs left a message on February 25, 2022:
In memory of Robert "Bob" Shinkan, Dave szakacs lit a candle
Arlene Melfi left a message on February 25, 2022:
Memories eternal. God bless his family in this difficult time.
Carmen Zoppetti left a message on February 25, 2022:
My sincerest condolences to the Shinkan family. Bob Shinkan touched the hearts of all of his athletes and their families. He will always be Coach Shinkan to my son, Brandon and myself and all of his players. He was a great Coach. He will be greatly missed.
Angel Stojkovich left a message on February 25, 2022:
God Bless Bob in Heaven...Memory Eternal!
Deborah Rice left a message on February 25, 2022:
Condolences to the family. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. May God guide you all during this difficult time. Deborah Rice
Barb SHINKAN Kanosky left a message on February 25, 2022:
My childhood memories of Bobby are heartwarming and numerous. We grew up in a house of laughter (thanks to dad), Romanian upbringing (thanks to mom and grandma), and travels to the beach and Michiana Shores! His baseball days started early in Little League and continued throughout his life. Well done Brother - you have earned your wings❤️.
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