Stoddard Robinson, 86 years old, passed away of Parkinson's disease on May 4, 2014, at Sunshine Care in Poway, CA.|
Stoddard was born September 7, 1927, in Des Moines, Iowa, and moved to Baudette, MN, when he was five years old. He graduated from Baudette High School in 1945 and joined the Army Air Force. He later graduated from St. Cloud State in 1950. He owned a Ben Franklin store and Border Cable TV.
Stoddard was very active in civic affairs. He was secretary of the Baudette Civic and Commerce Association for seven years and president for two years. It was during the middle 1960's that he, together with several other local businessmen, succeeded in getting federal funds to pave the village streets. About the same time he was a member of a local group that got a 40 year loan to build a golf course. He was president of Oak Harbor Golf Club for two years and Treasurer for seven years. He was a charter member of the Rotary Club when it was formed in 1972 as well as the American Legion commander. He was on the Trinity Hospital Board of Directors, First Lutheran board, as well as a longtime member of Osiris Lodge and the Moose Lodge.
Stoddard was an avid fisherman and built a cabin on Little Raspberry Island in 1958 where he and his family enjoyed many outings until it was sold in 1981. Music played a big part in his life as he was a member of eight different bands, beginning with the junior high band, BHS band, two Air Force bands, two college bands, Baudette Municipal Band and a local German band. He blew TAPS at military funerals for more times that he could count.
Stoddard left Baudette in 1987 and moved to Southern California where he married Sara Landry by whom he's survived. He is also survived by one daughter, Shelley of Fargo, ND; granddaughter, Kari and husband Deme; great-granddaughter, Eliana Kaye Ceniceros also of Fargo; brother, Peter of Baudette; and nephews, Michael and Todd and their families. He also is survived by stepsons, Joe Landry and wife Gwen, Tom Landry; and three step grandchildren, Rachel, Ethan and Jake Landry.
Services will be held at Rancho Bernardo Community Presbyterian Church on May 30, 2014, at 1:00pm in the chapel.
Published in the Pomerado News on May 29, 2014