Gerald "Gunny" Robinson
Gerald "Gunny" Robinson, 82 of Rural Melbourne passed away Monday, March 31, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Visitation for Gunny will be on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 5-8 p.m. at the Bethany United Church of Christ outside of Baxter. Funeral services will be held at the chuch on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 11 a.m. with Pastor Wanda Seydel officiating. A private family burial in Bethany Cemetery, rural Baxter, will follow the services.
Gerald (Gunny) Robinson, 82, passed away Monday, March 31, 2014 at Mercy Hospital from complications of a fall. Gunny was born December 1, 1931 in Jasper County. Because of the early death of his mother, he was brought up by his mother's sister, Anna and Louis Saak, and cousin Wesley and Wanda Saak. He graduated from Baxter High School and was married to Alice (Krampe) Robinson on October 5, 1951. They spent 62 years together on a farm near Melbourne. Gunny was a member of Bethany United Church of Christ near Baxter. As an active member of the National Farmers Organization he worked as an organizer, held many offices and served on the State NFO Board of Directors. He was also on the board of the former State Center Creamery and the Baxter Community School Board. Gunny was a longtime member of the Izaak Walton League. He was a strong supporter of the Baxter community.
He is survived by his wife Alice, three sons, Jim (Brenda), John & Jay and two daughters, Jean & Jolene (Robin) Harlow; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two sisters Doris Chandler & Dorothy McEachern, cousin Louis Saak and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Jerry, & two sisters, Marjorie Marshall & Betty Roberts.
Memorials can be given to Baxter Education Foundation or Bethany United Church of Christ.
Fredregill Family Funeral Home in Baxter has been entrusted with the care of Gunny and his family.