Donald L. "Robbie" Robinson, age 97 of Woodhull, Illinois, formerly of Monmouth, passed away on January 2, 2020 in Tucson, Arizona. He was born on April 15, 1922 in Galesburg, Illinois, the son of Elmer Denzelvere and Frances Leona (Anderson) Robinson. Robbie attended school in Galesburg and was a 1939 graduate of Galesburg High School. He proudly served his Country during World War II in the United States Army. Robbie served in Hawaii and Saipan in the Marianas Islands. He later participated in the Honor Flight to Washington, DC. In July, 1982, Robbie married Elizabeth Briggs and she is surviving. He was previously married to Betty Jean Clark and Lillian Mae Zauche.
Robbie owned and operated Robinson Electric Motor Service in Monmouth from 1946-2016. He was a member of the Marion B. Fletcher Post #136 American Legion, the Warren-Henderson Farm Bureau, and the I.O.O.F. Odd Fellows Lodge in Monmouth. Don's interests were many; he loved hunting and fishing, attending the Old Threshers Reunion in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and in his younger years, ballroom dancing. He was proud that he built his own home in Rural Monmouth. Robbie was also proud of his Swedish heritage and was a member of VASA. He took many classes to learn the Swedish language, and visited relatives in Tranemo, Sweden with his son, Leif. Robbie was an avid reader, enjoying Sherlock Holmes in particular. He was a member of the Christian Science Church of Galesburg.
Don is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Robinson of Woodhull, Illinois, one son Leif Robinson and Elizabeth Loustaunau of Tucson, Arizona, one daughter, Donna (Ed) Smock of rural Monmouth, Illinois, three grandsons; Jerry (Tami) Smock, Clint (Jennifer) Smock, and Thomas Smock, ten great-grandchildren; Dakota Wilson, Tyler Smock, Austin Giles, Mackenzie Smock, Alyssa Smock, Cameron Smock, Aiden Smock, Taylor Smock, Madyson Smock, and Joshua Smock, and two step-sons; Paul Briggs and David Briggs. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Lillian, son Lance Robinson, and his brother, Kenneth Robinson.
A graveside service is planned for 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Monmouth Cemetery in Monmouth, Illinois. His family plans visitation from Noon-1:45 PM prior to the service at Turnbull Funeral Home. A memorial is being established for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
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