ATHENS, Tenn. – Colonel Robert B. Rhynsburger, United States Army, Retired, 82 passed away May 13 in Athens.
Robert was born July 31, 1937, in Oskaloosa, Iowa, to John and Mary Rhynsburger. He graduated from Torrington High School in 1956. He attended the University of Wyoming and was a member of the UW men’s basketball team from 1956-1958. He received his BS degree from UW in 1959 and obtained a MS degree in 1976.
He loved the Wyoming Cowboys and was a lifelong fan.
During his distinguished Army career, he graduated from and was an instructor at the United Stated Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Col. Rhynsburger served in Korea, Vietnam, Germany, the United Kingdom and Army installations in Georgia, Colorado, Texas, Alaska, Kansas and Virginia. He also served as Professor of Military Science at the University of Wyoming. It was his honor to serve his country.
Robert had a second career in the aerospace business sector. He was a Marketing Manager/Director of Program Development in the TRW Corporation, Space and Defense sector. Upon retirement, he moved to Etowah, Tenn., where he enjoyed “life on the farm,” the beautiful scenery and oil painting.
He is survived by his children Patrick (Sheila) and daughter Lori (Steve) Wilson, all of Cheyenne, and daughter Lisa Pace of Casper; two grandchildren, Ryan Rhynsburger of Thermopolis and Brittany (Seattle) Umi of Salt Lake City, Utah; two great-grandchildren, Tyce and Taylee Randall of Salt Lake City, and sister Kathy of Denver Colo.
He was preceded in death by his first wife and the mother of his children, Nancy (Amberg); wife Danice; son, Michael Rhynsburger; his parents, John and Mary Rhynsburger; his son-in law John Pace; former brother-in-law, Thomas Amberg, and sisters-in-law Marlene Schlager and Fran Glass.
Services with full military honors will be held at a later date.
Expressions of sympathy can be sent to the family c/o Lori Wilson, PO Box 3082, Cheyenne,WY 82003