Jackie Gene "Jack" Robinson, 82, of Fairview Heights, Ill., born August 5, 1933, in Carbondale, Ill., passed away July 9, 2016, at Four Fountains Convalescent Center in Belleville, Ill., with his loving family by his side.
Jack was a locomotive engineer for Illinois Central Railroad, where he worked for 40 years and a Fairview Heights volunteer firefighter for 38 years. He was a longtime member of First Baptist Church in Fairview Heights and served as a deacon for 33 years. Jack enjoyed camping, fishing and serving on the funeral dinner committee at church. But, his most precious moments were those spent with his family. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather who will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lon and Mary, nee Swinford, Robinson; two brothers, Lon and Leonard Robinson; and his stepfather, Henry Winter.
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Barbara L. Robinson; two daughters, Betty (Bob) Nelson and Karen (Paul) Blum; a son, Jackie Gene (Bonnie) Robinson; 10 grandchildren, Daniel (Chris) Nelson, Benjamin (Stephanie) Nelson, Cassie Blum, Joshua (Jasmine) Blum, Ashley (Garrett) Call, Justin Robinson, Steffani (Mark) Verduin, Chi (Chuck) Pelo, Tori DeVries, and Joey (Stephanie) Pieper; and 14 great-grandchildren, Declan Nelson, Sydney Nelson, Elijah Nelson, Malachi Nelson, Carter Daniels, Dalton Call, Kaytie Williamson, Kyle Williamson, Matthew Williamson, Marriana Williamson, Damian Kulash, Lily Pelo, Ruby DeVries and Keenan Pieper.
Memorial donations are appreciated to First Baptist Church Funeral Dinner Committee, Fairview Heights. Memories and expressions of condolences may be offered at www.lakeviewfuneralhm.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 15, 2016, at Lake View Funeral Home, Fairview Heights, Ill., and from 9 to 10 a.m., Saturday, July 16, 2016, at First Baptist Church, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 16, 2016, at First Baptist Church with Dr. Jim Kerr officiating. Interment will be in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, Ill.
LAKE VIEW FUNERAL HOME, Fairview Heights, Ill.
Published in Belleville News-Democrat on July 14, 2016