Robert Arthur "Bob"

September 15, 1928 - November 14, 2020

Robert Arthur Korink, a well known businessman in the Shoals, passed away November 14, 2020.  Born September 15, 1928, in Chicago, he made his way to the Shoals area after a successful career in the food industry.  He, along with 4 partners, brought the first McDonalds to the area in 1961, and in 1980 brought in Mike Martin as his sole partner.  The business grew to include 17 McDonalds restaurants.  In 1985, they, along with Dan and Geri Tapper, bought Lauderdale Lanes Bowling Center, which became his favorite hangout.  He was a brilliant and scrupulous businessman with a generous heart.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Della Korink; sister, Lorraine Knapik; and step-son, Ronnie Ezell.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy Korink; step-sons, Archie Fields (Angie), David Fields (Anu); step-daughters, Janis Collett (Troy), Kim Sims (Joe), and Linda Fields, along with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 21, from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home of Florence.  Bob’s wishes were to have his ashes spread in the Arizona desert.

A special thanks to his grandson, Nick, who was so helpful during his last several weeks of life.

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November 21, 2020
11:00 am - 1:00 pm

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7 Comments on “Robert Arthur "Bob" Korink”

  1. Sandra, Dave, and Archie,
    My prayers are with you and your entire family. God bless you in your time of grief.

  2. I am sorry for EVERYONE’S loss. He was my favorite uncle growing up. He was a special uncle. My only wish was to have seen more of him. Sometimes families split for such small reasons.

  3. I was sorry to hear of Uncle Bob’s passing. Seems we were never in the same place to meet up. We were in Texas-he was in Arizona. We move to Arizona-he moved back to Florence. My deepest sympathy to the family.

  4. Uncle Bob was my favorite uncle. He was my substitute dad as mine worked nights. He took me to all my high school father-daughter dances. We would go out afterwards for something to eat. My cousin Bonnie and I spent weeks in the summer at his house. He always treated us royally. I last saw him at his Uncle Gene’s funeral. He was a very caring person. Condolences to his family. Lynn (Kruse) Kimsel.

  5. Our deepest sorrow for the loss of a good man.Mr Bob was always very nice anytime you saw him . Prayers to his family.

  6. What a wonderful man Mr. Korink was. I would not be where I am today or had so many amazing experiences without his generosity. Many condolences to all family members. I know he will be greatly missed.

  7. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all. Mr. Bob was a wonderful man to work for. He will be missed by us all.

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