Robert Joseph Kinchla of Falmouth, 92, died October 21 in Mashpee.
He was the husband of Catherine V. (Shannon) Kinchla. The couple had shared 65 years of marriage at the time of her death in 2017.
Born in Newton, he was the son of L. Frank and Jane (Switzer) Kinchla.
Mr. Kinchla was educated at St. Charles High School in Waltham, where he was a member of the basketball and football teams. Immediately upon his 1946 graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Army; he would earn a bachelor’s degree from Boston University in 1953.
During his military service he attained the rank of sergeant major. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he served a tour of duty in China as well as Korea.
Upon discharge from the Army, Mr. Kinchla went to work as a salesman for Behr Manning, a division of the Norton Company, and eventually became district manager of its Cambridge office.
Prior to his June 9, 1951, marriage, Mr. Kinchla had purchased a small cottage on Shorewood Drive in East Falmouth. He and his wife loved the Falmouth community and, while raising their five children in Wayland, they established a building/contracting business in Falmouth, Kinchlas Incorporated, in 1958. On a part-time basis they built and developed several sections of the Maravista section of East Falmouth. As their business became a success and grew, they moved their family to Falmouth permanently in June 1964.
Their company built more than 250 homes in the villages of Falmouth as well as in Sandwich, Plymouth and Bourne as well as on Martha’s Vineyard. An additional business that they launched was Falmouth Chrysler-Plymouth on Worcester Court. They also purchased and expanded the Homeport office complex on Gifford Street in the early 1970s. In 1972, they purchased land on Jones Road in Falmouth and built the Sheraton Inn, for which the couple would eventually take over management and daily operations.
Mr. Kinchla was a former member of the Falmouth Rotary Club and served on the board of The First National Bank of Cape Cod.
On Father’s Day in 2019 he joined the Honor Flight New England to visit Washington, DC, and saw the World War II memorial.
Determined to vote in the 2020 election, he was able to do so a couple of days before his death.
He leaves his children, Susan E. Augusta and her husband, Roger Augusta, of East Falmouth, Janet L. Rapp and her husband, Michael Rapp, of Hollywood, Florida, Catherine A. Domurat of Mashpee, Robert F. Kinchla and his fiancée, Katrina Dhority of Falmouth and Anne M. Spaes and her husband, Alan Spaes of St. Petersburg, Florida; 16 grandchildren, Amy Treat of Chesterfield, New Hampshire, John Augusta of East Falmouth, Joseph Augusta of East Falmouth, Jennifer Rapp of North Miami, Florida, Jonathan Rapp of Cooper City, Florida, Christopher Domurat of Ixonia, Wisconsin, Kate Nyari of Sandwich, Kevin Domurat of Forestdale, Molly Domurat of Inglewood, California, Margaret McGuire of Foxboro, Sarah O’Connor of Woburn, Elizabeth Centofanti of Waltham, Michael Kinchla of Westford, Dan Ballard of Chelsea, Lynsey Kinchla of Logan, Utah, and Mackenzie Spaes of Tampa, Florida; 18 great-grandchildren; and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his two older siblings, Francis Kinchla and Richard L. Kinchla.
Visitation will be Tuesday, October 27, from 5 to 7 PM at Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street in Falmouth.
Services will be Wednesday, October 28, at 10 AM at St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main Street in Falmouth.
Interment will follow at 11:30 AM at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.
A celebration of his life is planned for the spring.