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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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Service Details

  • Service

    Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Wednesday, August 14th, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    First United Methodist Church
    Address
    1050 SE Ireland St
    OAK HARBOR, WA 98277
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    Officiant
    Pastor David Parker
  • Reception

    Location
    First United Methodist Church
    Address
    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.

Affiliations

  • Kiwanis International
  • United Church of Christ
  • US Navy

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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.
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