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FLOYD R. ROBINSON


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FLOYD R. ROBINSON

Floyd Richard Robinson passed away peacefully on July 11, 2012, at age 85, after a series of illnesses.

Born in La Grande, OR, on December 30, 1926, Floyd was the youngest of 4 boys raised on a family farm in nearby Cove. Following graduation from high school, he served a tour of duty in the US Army, and was stationed in Korea. Upon his return, while studying for a teaching credential at Eastern Oregon College in La Grande, he met and married Helen Louise Carper in 1948. Floyd completed his studies at Southern Oregon College in Ashland, and began his teaching career and raising a family.

In 1957, Floyd's career took the family to California; they lived in Elk Grove, Williams, and finally settled in Chico in 1963. "Mr. Robinson," as he was called by his many students, first taught at Chico High, and then for many years at Pleasant Valley High, specializing in history and driver training. Floyd retired from teaching in 1986, to attend to the ill health of his wife, Helen, who passed away in 1987.

In 1989, Floyd married Vera Mae Giezentanner, whom he had met at Neighborhood Church. In his retirement, Floyd and Vera Mae were regular participants in the Sons In Retirement (SIR) programs for seniors, and especially the SIR's travel programs. They enjoyed many cruises, and traveled to faraway places, including Alaska, China, Mexico, and the Mississippi River. Floyd also was an active participant in the Chico section of the California Retired Teachers Association. Floyd and Vera Mae are long time congregants of Butte Bible Fellowship. Floyd was a faithful, practicing Christian who loved the Lord.

Floyd had many hobbies and interests throughout his life. During summers, he taught summer school, picked fruit in local orchards, and sold leaded crystal at Arts and Craft fairs. He played and coached sports teams in earlier years, and in later years closely followed college and professional football and baseball. He enjoyed aviation - he built and flew radio-controlled model airplanes and was a licensed private pilot. He had a love for nature and the outdoors, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and bowling. He was an especially avid golfer - he played more than 100 rounds a year at Bidwell Municipal Golf Course in his retirement, and was a regular participant in senior tournaments.

Floyd was very devoted to his family, and was blessed with a loving extended family. He greatly enjoyed any family gatherings, and Thanksgiving was a very special time. He would occasionally amuse his friends and family with his sharp, wry wit - comments that surprised and made folks laugh out loud. Family members were with Floyd throughout his illnesses, and his family and many friends will greatly miss him.

Floyd is survived by his wife, Vera Mae; daughter, Sandra Palmer (Lew); sons, Randy Robinson (Debra) and Timothy Robinson; stepson, Tovey Giezentanner (Stacey); stepdaughter, Julia Giezentanner; 6 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

Friends are invited to a memorial service to celebrate Floyd's life on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., at Butte Bible Fellowship, 2255 Pillsbury Road, Chico.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Butte Bible Fellowship Memorial Fund, in care of Newton-Bracewell Chico Funeral Home.

You may share your thoughts and memories of Floyd online at nbcfh.com.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on July 20, 2012
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