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1811 NE 16th Ave #A
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-675-3447
Fax: 360-682-2359
Verne Robinson

Verne Arthur Robinson

Sunday, March 23rd, 1924 - Thursday, July 25th, 2019
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Verne Arthur Robinson was born March 23, 1924 in Long Beach CA, the second of three children. He graduated from South Pasadena High School in 1942, then enrolled in Pomona College for 5 semesters before he was invited to join the Navy's V12 program for Officer Training.

Verne began his active duty in the Navy in 1945. He was to be a part of the planned amphibious assault on Japan. However, the dropping of the atomic bombs put an end to the need for that group, and he was honorably discharged in 1946.

After his discharge, Verne was admitted to the Pacific School of Religion at UC Berkeley. In the spring of 1947, he attended a college retreat where he teased a young lady by putting an oak leaf in her hair, where it remained until he pointed it out to her the following day. To this day his family remains amazed that she later agreed to marry him.

Verne and Mary Beth wed in December 1948, and the following year he began his career as a part-time assistant minister in Hayward, California. Their first child, Bruce, was born shortly before Verne accepted a position as a full-time minister in Buffalo, Wyoming in 1952.

The family spent four years in Buffalo, during which Nancy was born. In 1956, Verne accepted a call to start a new church in Orem, Utah. The church start was successful, and the family welcomed Anne into their lives while there.

In 1960 the family moved to Roseburg, Oregon to start another church. Shortly after the move, Jane was born into the family. This church start effort was not successful, and Verne resigned in 1962. This was a difficult year for the family, as the death of Nancy coincided with the loss of Mary Beth’s pregnancy in the third trimester.

In 1964, things began looking up. Verne obtained a part time position as Chaplain at the VA Hospital in Roseburg, and Lisa was born. When the opportunity arose to transfer to a full-time position at the VA Hospital in Sheridan, Wyoming, the family packed up and readily returned to the area they had loved.

Verne retired from the VA in December 1984 but remained active as an interim minister to churches in the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Church of Christ. At the same time, he invested in rental houses and apartments to provide affordable housing to lower income folks.

Throughout his life, Verne was an active tennis player, winning many tournaments in both singles and doubles. He was also a part of several bowling leagues and an active outdoorsman, enjoying camping, backpacking, fishing and hiking with his family.

Verne and Mary Beth moved from Wyoming to Talent, Oregon in the spring of 2002, where they lived until Mary Beth passed away in 2005. At that time Verne moved here to Oak Harbor, where he died quietly at home on July 25, 2019 at the age of 95.

Verne is most proud of the halfway house he helped establish for patients discharged from the alcoholic rehabilitation unit of the VA in Sheridan, and its 80 percent success rate. He also helped establish a soup kitchen in the basement of the First Congregational Church in Sheridan. Known as Lunch Together, it remains active, with more than a dozen churches and organizations taking turns providing meals and servers.

The Robinson family suggests memorials in Verne’s name to First Congregational Church 100 West Works Street, Sheridan, WY 82801 and/or to Tina Bracken, Financial & Administrative Director, Association of Camps Farthest Out, Inc 3690 Merwin 10 Mile Road, Cincinnati, OH 45245-3048.

A celebration of Verne's life will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Oak Harbor on Wednesday, August 14 at 2 pm with a reception to follow.

Verne will be placed next to his beloved, Mary, in Gethsemane Court of the Santa Rosa Memorial Park in California at a later date.

Arrangements entrusted to Wallin Funeral Home, Oak Harbor, WA.
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    Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 2:00pm
    First United Methodist Church
    1050 SE Ireland St
    OAK HARBOR, WA 98277
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    Pastor David Parker
  • Reception

    First United Methodist Church
    1050 SE Ireland St
    OAK HARBOR, WA 98277
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    Family and friends are invited to attend the reception in Centennial Hall immediately following the memorial service.


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Barbara Bergman

Posted at 12:48am
Verne and Mary Beth we’re beloved friends in CFO. I still use and love Mary Beth’s recipe for chocolate zucchini cake. Verne was a wise and joyful friend to all, and a model of a life devoted to Christ. When last year’s Christmas card was returned I didn’t know how to reach him. Now I am assured he’s safely home! God bless his family in their deep loss. With love for Verne, and joy in the resurrection, Barb Bergman

Jean Harm

Posted at 09:27pm
September 22, 2019, from Jean Harm
Verne was a friend to all at First Congregational, UCC, in Sheridan, WY. And everyone else in Sheridan. He was the backbone of our church during his retirement years in Sheridan, serving as handy man, host, choir member, council member, and interim pastor more than once. While I was attending the MT-N.WY Conference of UCC in August, several folks asked about Verne. Two ladies from Baker, MT, told me he was the best interim pastor they ever have had and wished he could have become their full time pastor. At that time I did not know Verne had passed away two weeks prior. ( I did notify the conference office when I learned of his passing.)
My deepest sympathy to Verne’s family. God bless you all.

Sally Johnson

Posted at 11:28pm
Verne Robinson was an amazing man of God, with a heart for his Heavenly Father and for God's people. I was honored to know him through Camps Farthest Out (CFO). He was an incredible man of humility and prayer, who would extend a helping hand without reservation. At the last Montana CFO family camp he attended, when he was 89 or 90, he impressed the teens by doing 13 push-ups. They quickly adopted him into their group! Although he always exhibited joy and had a kind word for everyone, he loved his family and deeply missed his wife, Mary Beth. Now he is truly experiencing the joy of heaven.... Sally Johnson, Montana CFO.

Kristi Thompson Posted at 04:53pm

Thanks for sharing this Sally. I was going share the same story about the CFO summer camps and pushups. He connected with teenagers even at the age of 90! What a great guy.

Virginia Jorgensen

Posted at 10:43am
Greetings and love to you very special Robinson children from the daughter of your West Works St. neighbors Eber and Ruth Snyder:
Sending heartfelt sympathy in the loss of your dear father Vern. He was more than a special blessing in our lives the many years my parents lived in that house. I was already away teaching but know the joy each of you kids brought to their lives. When I married it was so fun to come to Sheridan and interact again with your family. I will never forget the lovely box you made for our children's car ride back to Minnesota with gifts and packages of activities to open at various stages of that long ride. Thoughtful and kind are the words that remind me of your dear family. When my Dad became a patient at the VA Hospital your father's kind help with visiting, praying and encouraging were such a great strength to my Mother. Knowing you were just next door if she needed something was such a support for me miles away from immediate help. How I wish that I could visit and hug each one of you and hear about your lives. Please know how very thankful I am for all the kindness of great friends and neighbors in our lives. Thinking of each of you with sincere appreciation for the lives well lived of your parents. Lovingly, Virginia Snyder Jorgensen Spicer Mn. PS: Often a recipe of your Mom's appears as I search my recipe file....what a wonderful way to think of dear ones!


Alice Baker

Posted at 10:17pm
Dear Robinson kids, I was your across the street neighbor in Sheridan, Wy. I would babysit Lisa occasionally. Your dad and my dad were great friends. You remember Bob Byers. He passed away 14 yrs ago and so did Lucille. One of the funniest stories I recall was when your dad and my dad went on the back roads of Sheridan Co and came back with a broken windshield. Dad said that a frozen jack rabbit fell out of the sky on to the car. I think it was your dad's car. Apparently a hawk had dropped the bunny. I thought that that is an amazing story. That happened about 50 yrs ago. Hope you are all well. Please except my most heart felt sympathy on the loss of your dad. I do have to mention that I cook at the Lunch Together program that your dad help start. Best program ever and it's still going strong. Thinking and praying for you at this time. Alice (Byers) Baker, Big Horn Wy.

Phyllis Anderson Posted at 05:58pm

We sort of lost track Of Verne and I am sad about that. I met him at Washington CFO and loved his fun attitude. I wish we had known sooner as we tried to be in touch. But he is home with the Jesus he loved so much and will be missed. Sending prayers and sympathies to the family.

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