Loris Brinkman

Loris Brinkman

Sept. 13, 1911 — Aug. 1, 2017

From Richland, WABorn in Gilmanton, WI

Public Viewing

  •   Starts:
    Wed, August 16 2017, 3 p.m.
  •   Ends:
    6 p.m.
  •   Location:
    Einan's at Sunset
    915 Bypass Highway

    Richland, WA US 99352

Memorial Service

  •   Starts:
    Thu, August 17 2017, 2 p.m.
  •   Location:
    Southside Church

    517 Jadwin Ave in Richland, WA

Loris B. Brinkman

Loris B. Brinkman passed away on August 1, 2017. He was born on a farm near Gilmanton, WI on September 13, 1911, the youngest of seven children. When he was in the third grade his parents sold the farm and moved to Chippewa Falls, WI where he attended grade school and high school, graduating on 1929. Loris played basketball for three years, becoming team captain his senior year. He then attended University of Wisconsin graduating in 1935 with a Bachelor of Science Degree.

Loris’ first job as an engineer was with the CCC Soil Conservation Service which lasted seven years until the government closed all CCC camps in 1942. He was camp superintendent that last three years at various locations around WI.

That same year Loris began working for E.I. Dupont Co., which took him to Rosemont, MN, Hanford, WA and Wilmington, DE. After five years with Dupont he resigned to take a job with General Electric which brought him back to Richland, WA in 1948. He resided there ever since. Loris spent 23 years at Hanford working on various projects until he retired in 1971.

Loris Brinkman

In 1938 Loris married Aline Slyfield in Chilton, WI and they had three children, Sandra, George and Kippy Lou. In the mid-60s, Sandra became a stewardess with Pan American Airways which then enabled him and Aline to enjoy traveling throughout the world, making extensive trips to Japan, Africa, the Middle East, South America, the South Pacific, Europe, and a three month around the world trip.

Loris always enjoyed hunting and fishing and cherished the trips with his son George around the state of WA and traveling to AK, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico and South America where they caught large sport fish such as Tarpin, Marlin, and Sailfish. They fished for ten consecutive years in Wellsley Lake, Northern Territories catching and releasing many lake trout up to 40 pounds.

In 1972 Loris, along with Aline, began volunteering at the Tri-Cities Food Bank. He served as president for 4 years from 1976-1980. He continued this work for a total of 30 years, putting in thousands of volunteer hours.

Loris has resided at Brookdale Retirement Home since 1999 where he was active in the residence board and continued to play bridge 5 to 6 times a week. He had been a member of the Richland Elks Club for 33 years and a member of the Richland Kiwanis Club for 36 years, usually attending three different club meetings a week. He was a member of the Southside Church.

Loris is preceded by his wife, Aline. He is survived by his daughter, Sandra and her husband Greg Fox; his son, George and his wife Betty and their daughters, Lori, Diane and Debbie; his daughter Kippy Lou and her husband Gary Scott. Loris is also survived by his six great-grandchildren.

The family invites you to the Viewing at Einan’s at Sunset Wednesday, August 16, 2017 from 3:00pm-6:00pm. A Memorial Service at Southside Church will be held in Richland on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 2:00pm.

Guestbook for

Loris Brinkman

  • I remember Mr. Brinkman from church many years ago. I'm sorry for your loss. He lived a long life. It's so great for the grand kids and great grand kids to know him. I know he is with Mrs. Brinkman in heaven now. You are all in my prayers. God Bless!

    Carol (Converse) Maurer
    Aug. 20, 2017
    Kennewick, Wa
  • George, Kippy, Sandra- So sorry for your loss. It sure brings back such good memories of growing up here in Richland, and hanging out at your house. Keep good thoughts. Larry and Vonie Aeschliman

    Larry Aeschliman
    Aug. 20, 2017
  • It was always a pleasure to chat with Brink and Margaret Wood on our way to church, after we stopped by at Brookdale to give them a ride. Coincidentally, we all had ties to Wisconsin. News and memories of our time there often entered the conversation. Brink's early history of working with the CCC prompted recollections of trails we had enjoyed that may have benefited from his early career. Loris led an amazing and long life and we certainly greatly appreciated him as a friend. But saying good by is alway a difficult time and our heartfelt sympathies are with his family.

    Mary & Ben Johnson
    Aug. 17, 2017
    Pasco, WA
  • With deepest sympathies to the children of Mr. Brinkman. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time in the loss of your dear father. May the knowledge that your father truly epitomize what a man, husband and father is, give you all solace. Also, may reliance on the God of tender mercies along with faith in his promises provide strength, hope, endurance and comfort in order to cope. John 11:25 If anyone would like to know more about these promises. Please, feel free to explore under Bible teachings on JW.org

    Aug. 16, 2017
  • Thinking of you. What a great long life! Sincerely, Mike & Judy McKeown

    Mike McKeown
    Aug. 16, 2017

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