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Jerald Leroy Robinson
04/11/1940 — 04/28/2011
From Richland, WA, US | Born in Dane County, WI
Jerald Leroy Robinson
Jerald Leroy Robinson, 71, passed away on April 28th, 2011 in Richland WA, peacefully at his home. He was born on April 11, 1940 Dane County, WI. Jerry spent his youth and adolescent years in a farming/rural area called Lone Rock near New Lisbon, WI. He graduated from New Lisbon High School where he was active and lettered in all 3 High School sports.
After a brief time at University of Wisconsin in Lacrosse, he joined the Navy and became a corpsmen, or field medic. After the navy he moved to Richland, WA in the early 1960's to father his only son Roderic and join his brother Forrest as co-owner and manager of the Robinson's Clothing store, a cornerstone of the Uptown shopping center. Following Robinson's, he opened up a boutique clothing store at the south end of the uptown block called JR Clothiers, where he continued to work until he retired.
Jerry greatly enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping and his 100+ acres of land located near Onion Creek in Colville. He was especially proud of an A-frame log cabin he and his friends built near a huge rock on the property. It is near that rock that he wishes to have is earthly remains spread, along with the ashes of his infamous little black poodle – JR.
He loved his dogs, and has placed several litters of his little Pomeranian and Chihuaua mixes - Rosco and Rachel - in the Tri-Cities area. Rosco and Rachael, as well as their newest little son Rover, are now residing together very comfortably at son Roderic's Mother-in-law's estate in Tacoma, WA.
Jerry belonged to the Lions Club, Veterans Administration.
He is survived by Roderic Robinson only child, Jeanette Roelke, Ft. Atkinson WI, Geneva McManiman from Boone, Iowa Sisters, Forrest Robinson, Chuck Robinson, Dick Robinson Brothers.
Jerry was preceded in death by Bonnie Davies Mother and Donald Robinson Father, Wallace Brother and two sisters, Shirley and Sharon.
A memorial service will take place on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 1PM at Einan's Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his name to the SPCA, Humane Society or similar organization.
Jerry will always be remembered as a gregarious character and close friend to many.
Rod, Sorry to hear about your dad. I’ll always remember the family reunions out at Castle Rock. Always thought your dad was the coolest! God Bless!
Rod, Your Dad, whom I have always called Robby, & I were friends since he was in the service. We lost contact several years ago but he will always be a wonderful memory for me. He loved you so very much.
Every Sunday that passes now is empty. Sunday was our day. We love you Dad. I hope I represented you as you would have wanted.
Steal away some time from your schedule and come frequent our place a bit. We’ll be watching for you.
Excerpt from the service:
“Father he enjoyed collisions; others walked away
A snowflake falls in may.
Nature has its own religion; gospel from the land
Father ruled by long division, young men they pretend
Old men comprehend.
And the sky breaks at dawn, shedding light upon this town
Theyll all come round
And the road the old man paved
The broken seams along the way
The rusted signs, left just for me
He was guiding me, love, his own way
Now the man of the hour is taking his final bow
As the curtain comes down, I feel that this is just goodbye for now.”
Sorry to hear about Jerry’s passing. I’ve known him for many years. We had a lot of fun in the past at the Town Crier with Russ Burks.
I will miss you more than you will ever know.
Rod, I have so many great memories of your dad and will cherish them always. Water skiiing, football games, hanging out at his house, Leroy was always there and always giving us youngsters great advice. Thinking of you and your family. God Bless.
Jerry was a good friend and would do anything for a friend. He helped me build two homes in Oregon and didn’t hesitate as long as somebody bought the Hamms. He and Pedro did the electrical and Jerry helped paint. He was a great guy and a wonderful friend. He will be missed!!!
Jerry was a friend and neighbor who was caring and willing to help out. We enjoyed hearing his stories. You could always count on him saying things exactly as it was. His love for Rover, Rachel and Rosco showed daily. Jerry was always so nice to our granddaughter and allowed her to bring “Mya” over to play with her mom and dad at the spur of the moment. We’ve lost our fellow neighbor and friend but will remember him in our hearts forever. Our condolences go out to the family and friends.