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Edward Robbins


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Edward Robbins Obituary

Edward E. Robbins, 96, respected husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great-grandfather and LDS Church member, peacefully passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018, at his home in Idaho Falls surrounded by his loving family.

Eddie was born April 26, 1922, son of William Fred Robbins and Flora Etta Bowen Robbins, of Fairview, Virginia. Eddie spent his early years living on a farm in Fairview, where he learned the value of hard work. He served in the Army in World War II for 36 months. He was on an 835-foot ship called the Martania, the largest ship in the British Empire. He was in Rio de Janeiro, southeast Brazil, Trinidad, Chile, Cape Town, South Africa, Madagascar, Bombay and New Delhi, India, the Persian Gulf (the back door of Russia), Kramsha, Iran and Arabia, halfway between Baghdad and Jordan.

When he returned home, he attended school through the Idaho State Apprenticeship Program in carpentry. He was a builder/contractor and owned Robbins Hardwood Floors. He put the original gym floor in the Idaho Falls High School. He put floors in schools and homes in Idaho, Utah, Montana and Wyoming. He retired from the hardwood floor business and worked for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as a building engineer.

He married his eternal sweetheart, Ruby Faulkner Robbins, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. Their 67 years of marriage were an example of selfless devotion to all around them. They were blessed to be able to raise 18 children: nine boys and nine girls. They have 51 grandchildren, 79 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. They made their home in Idaho Falls where they resided for 66 years.

Eddie was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served as secretary of the elders' quorum, a high priest, home teacher, Sunday school teacher and temple worker. He enjoyed building for himself and his children, reading and traveling. Eddie's valiant testimony of the Savior, Jesus Christ, was his constant compass in his daily decisions, choices and positive attitude. His influence and example impacted many people whom he sincerely served and loved.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Ruby LaVonia; his children: Vivian Miller, of Idaho Falls; Lynn Robbins, of Seattle, Washington; Sandra (Gailen) Gifford, of Ammon; Melody Wolf, of Ammon; Thomas (Sandra) Robbins, of Park City, Utah; Rosetta (Dale) Fairbanks, of Taylorville, Utah; Anna Marie (Dan) Buno, of Seattle; Blane (Suzanne) Robbins, of Blackfoot; Flora Robbins, of Idaho Falls; Everette (Karen) Robbins, of South Australia, Australia; Marty (Tammi) Robbins, of Price, Utah; Nancy Tucker, of Ammon; Jesse (LaNay) Robbins, of Idaho Falls; and Ruby (Lance) Mecham, of Firth; 51 grandchildren, 79 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Fred and Flora E. Robbins; brothers, Garly Robbins, Jerry Dee (JD) Robbins and Wilson (Doc) Robbins; sisters, Mary Neeley, Nancy Berry, Mollie Ball, Mae Tomlinson and Vivian Hughes; children, Eddie Jaye Robbins, Daniel Robbins, Julie Robbins Mason and Nathan Robbins; son-in-law, Reynold Kay Miller; three granddaughters and one great-grandson.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the LDS Missionary Fund online at www.ldsphilanthropies.org/missionary.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Idaho Falls LDS Central Stake Center, 2025 Jennie Lee Drive, with Bishop Randy Petersen, 11th Ward, officiating. Visitations will be held from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Coltrin Mortuary, 2100 First St., Idaho Falls, and from 9-9:45 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.coltrinmortuary.com.

Published in Post Register from May 15 to May 16, 2018
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