JOHN WENDELL "JOHNNY" ROBINSON ~ Class of 1956
June 16, 1938 - December 20, 2007
Johnny was born June 16, 1938 in Grand Prairie, TX and died peacefully December 19, 2007 at his home in Richland, WA surrounded by his family. He married Bessie Colleen Kraus ('58) on June 20, 1958 in Richland and was later sealed in the LDS Temple in Los Angeles on May 6, 1961. Johnny and Colleen would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in June of 2008.
Johnny was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Rebekah.
He is survived by his wife of 49-1/2 years, Colleen, and his children Pam ('78) and Boyd Homer of Kennewick, Wayne and Marian Robinson, Layton, UT, Shannon ('81) and Shane Ouderkirk, Richland, Teresa ('82) and Chris Slocombe, Richland, Robbie ('84) and Greg Poe, West Richland, Britt and Melanie Robinson, Richland, Christina ('96) and Matt Richardson, West Richland, Adele Nelson, W. Richland, Aaron and Megan Robinson, Bellingham, Justin Robinson, Spokane, 36 grandchildren, 1 great granddaughter, his sister JoAnn and Dick Nuckolls, Eufaula, AL, and his brother Randy and Kay Robinson of Houston, TX.
Johnny retired as Lead Groundsman from the City of Richland in 2000 after 23 years service. He always had a passion for cars and upon retiring he became a member of the Ye Oldie Car Club. He created many friendships and enjoyed the car cruises and shows.
Johnny was also a retired U.S. Navy Seabee. He was very committed to his country having served twice during the Vietnam War and being deployed to other countries during his 23 year career. A firm patriot, he would never allow a flag to pass without his hand over his heart and a tear in his eye.
On an annual basis, Johnny would follow his love of family and drive across the country to visit and strengthen his bond with other extended family members. He developed a special relationship with the Lackey family in Texas, with whom he was also a family member. Equally important to him was the annual family campout on the Oregon coast. He had a great love for the ocean and this special time with his family.
Johnny was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Columbia Ward in Richland and held many callings through out his life.
He was well loved and supported by many friends and doctors.
Funeral services will be held at the Richland LDS Stake Center, 1720 Thayer Dr., Saturday, December 22, at 1:00 p.m. Viewing will be at Einan’s Funeral Home on Friday, December, 21, 5:00-8:00 p.m. and at the church from 12:00–1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Boy Scouts of America, Blue Mountain Council.
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