Robert A. Rynearson, 65, of Whippany, NJ, passed away on December 5, 2022. A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 90 Whippany Rd. in Whippany, on Monday, December 12th at 10:30 am. Entombment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover. Visiting hours at Bradley-Braviak Funeral Home, 49 Whippany Rd. in Whippany, will be held on Sunday, December 11th from 2 pm to 6 pm.
Born in Denville, NJ, the son of the Robert G. and Florence (née Vanderhoof) Rynearson, Robert was a 1975 graduate of Whippany Park High School. He excelled in track and field and held several school records. Robert earned his Associates Degree from County College of Morris. He worked for Exxon Mobil in Florham Park and Clinton, NJ for 30 years, retiring as plant manager in 2016. An avid fisherman and golfer, Robert was also a talented musician who enjoyed playing guitar, piano and drums. Robert loved all types of music, but the Beatles were his soul. Lyrics from one of his favorite Beatles songs capture the essence of the life he led: “See the sunny skies, the wind is low, the birds will sing, that you are part of everything.” Robert’s kindness, easy going personality, quick-wit and story (and joke) telling abilities endeared him to all who knew him. He lived life to the fullest, always seeing the “good” in everyone, always smiling and making the most out of any challenges that he faced. Vacations didn’t need to be overly complicated, a trip to the Jersey Shore or the North Carolina Outer Banks were high on his list as long as family and friends were on hand, he had an audience for his unending jokes and the room was filled with laughter.
Robert was the beloved husband of the late Nancy (née Brennan). He was the loving father of Patrick (fiancée Sarah Yoscary) and Kelsey. He is also survived by his dear mother, Florence, his brothers Kent (Karen) and Gregg, his brother-in-law Timothy Brennan (Nancy), sister-in-law Colleen Brennan (Robert Hoke), nieces and nephews, Cara, Casey, Sydney, Evan, Tyler, Brooke and Austin, and his faithful companion, Tucker. In lieu of flowers, donations in Robert’s memory may be made to the CJD Foundation by clicking the link or mailing to 3634 W. Market Street, Suite 110, Akron, OH 44333