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ROBERT V. (BOB) ROBINSON February 19, 1928 - June 4, 2016 Our husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on June 4, 2016, at age 88. Robert V. (Bob) Robinson was born February 19, 1928, in Great Falls, MT, to Robert L. and Bawnie (Sutton) Robinson. His family relocated to Northern Idaho where he spent most of his childhood. After graduating from Plummer High School, Plummer, ID, in 1946, he joined the Navy. He served his country on the USS Begor in the 7th Fleet in the South Pacific. He visited many countries including Japan, China, and the Philippines shortly after WWII. He was in the Bikini Islands during the US nuclear weapons testing campaign. Bob's naval career ended in 1948, when he met and married Lorraine Cooper; he always said she was the best thing that ever happened to him. Early in their marriage, Bob started a land clearing business in Benewah County, Idaho. He and Lorraine eventually relocated their family to Kennewick in 1956. Bob worked harder than ten men. His career in heavy equipment operation started on farms when he was 15. He worked at various trucking companies in the Tri-Cities followed by 40 years as an owner-operator. His trucking career reluctantly ended after an accident when he was hauling fire retardant to contain a blaze Alaska, Bob was 83 at the time. He was described as tough and strong; opinionated and fearless. He would never quit - even when he should. As tough as he was, he was intolerant of cruelty of any kind and hated to see an animal hungry or suffering. Always quick to help someone in need, he could always be counted on to do his best for friends and family. His favorite bumper sticker was "I fight poverty . . . I work." He never told his kids there was anything they couldn't do and set an example of self-reliance and work ethic. Bob is survived by Lorraine, his wife of 68 years and their four children: Steve (Nancy) Robinson, Clay Robinson, Rhonda (Paul) Smith and Gary (June) Robinson. He has seven grandchildren: Paul (Sara) and Travis Robinson; Nathan (Michelle), Trevor (Melissa) and Chad Smith; Nicole Robinson and Regina (Steve) Ahl. Great-grandchildren are Kaida and Adalise Ahl, Ellyanna and Jack Robinson; Logan and Ryker Smith; and Ava Smith. Family and friends are invited to attend a remembrance on Saturday, June 18, 2016, from 11 am to 2 pm at The Country Gentleman, 9221 W. Clearwater Avenue in Kennewick.
Published in Tri-City Herald on June 12, 2016
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