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Gene Robinson

Gene Robinson

Thursday, July 28th, 1932 - Wednesday, May 26th, 2021
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Obituary

Gene M. Robinson of St. Joseph died May, 26th due to complications from cancer, he was 88. Gene died in his home and is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Ann, his son David of Grand Rapids, daughter, Linda of Sodus and one sister, Connie (Robinson) McKinley of Lansing.

Gene was born July 28, 1932 in Mears, MI to Floyd and June Robinson as the 6th of 8 children. He graduated from Hart High School in 1950 with 13 Varsity letters in football, basketball and baseball. He received a scholarship to Michigan State University where he studied horticulture. Upon graduation, Gene began his 40-year career with the Michigan department of Agriculture as a pesticide specialist. In 1957 he married Mary Ann and they raised their family in St. Joe.

Genes love of sports led him to a long part time career as a high school official in football, basketball and swimming.

The Robinson family loved to travel the U.S and visited many state and national parks. Gene was also an avid golfer and very active in the St. Joe Township Lions Club, Elks Club and the local Boy Scout troop. He also volunteered for the MSU Alumni Association and many service projects for the First United Methodist Church of St. Joe, of which Gene and Mary Ann have been faithful members for over 60 years.

A celebration of life service will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 1:00PM, at the First United Methodist Church, 2950 Lakeview Ave., St. Joseph, with Pastor Dan Colthorp officiating. Friends may visit with family on Monday, May 31, 2021, from 2-4PM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Township Lion’s Club or First United Methodist Church. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel & Cremation Services.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 31st, 2021 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Monday, May 31st, 2021 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    Address
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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  • Service

    Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 | 1:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, June 1st, 2021 1:00pm
    Location
    St. Joseph First United Methodist Church
    Address
    2950 Lakeview Avenue
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
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Christina Baer

Posted at 01:52pm
MaryAnn,
So sorry to hear of Gene's passing. You were both so kind to me and my children. Thinking of you and your children at this difficult time. And, I'm fondly remembering our times at the Mendel Center with you working for MSU and me working for WMU. Take care.
Christina (Stella) Baer
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Patti Panse

Posted at 08:35pm
Patti and Wade Panse
Dear MaryAnn, we were sorry to hear of Gene’s passing and and we will hold you in our prayers in the days ahead. Gene was such a fun loving positive person and always willing to help at church or anywhere...he had a servants heart and was fun to be around. May God bless you and give you all you need in the days ahead.
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Lee Anne merrifield

Posted at 03:48pm
Mary Ann, Linda and David. I had a really long conversation with my dad today about Gene. He was such a lovely, kind funny man. So many memories of all the time we spent together as families. Please know you are my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be in the months to come.. I wish we would could be there for the memorial, please know we are there with you in spirit. Love, Lee Anne Merrifield
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Gary Musser

Posted at 02:18pm
Mary Ann and Gene were best friends of my sister, Carol Musser Kuschel, and her husband, Tom Kuschel, for many years when they lived nearby in St. Joe. Carol and Tom and their four boys moved to southern FL many years ago, but they kept in close contact with Mary Ann and Gene. When the Robinsons retired, they would winter in FL near Carol and Tom. In fact, they stayed at a second home that Carol and Tom had a few times. So the four of them had lots of time together. Gene was a wonderful husband and father and he will be missed by me and my wife, Irene. We were very sad to hear of his passing when Mary Ann called us. We plan to keep in close touch with Mary Ann because we have a lot in common. We were pleased to hear that Carol's two sons, Scott and Chad, were able to attend the service. Gene and Mary Ann were Scott's godparents and they did a lot to help Chad when he was a young boy.
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Tommy Thomas

Posted at 04:03pm
Mrs Robinson, Dave, and Linda,

I'm so sorry for your loss. Please know I'll be holding you all close in thought. I will always remember how calming his voice was when he'd say "take your mark..."
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