ELLINWOOD — Robert Nelson (Bob) Robins, 89, a long-time resident of Ellinwood, died Monday, Dec. 25, 2017, at The Catholic Care Center in Wichita.
He was born March 10, 1928, in Gloucester, Va. to Frank and Mary (Coates) Robins. Bob enlisted in the Air Force in 1946 not long after the end of World War II, where he served as a radio operator. Soon after his discharge, he enrolled at Kansas State University. He graduated in 1952. Bob spent the first two and a half years of his teaching and coaching career in Blue Rapids. He moved his family to Ellinwood in 1954 and spent the next 36 years teaching and coaching the Ellinwood Eagles. He also worked as an administrator for the school district.
Bob was the definition of an outdoorsman. He loved to hunt, fish, play golf, and maintain his yard, but he was happiest tending to his garden. He shared the fruit of his labor with friends and neighbors. While Bob spent as much time as possible outdoors, he was an avid Kansas State Wildcat fan and he rarely missed a televised game.
Bob was a member of Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ellinwood, and he had a strong faith in God. He was a devoted husband, and a beloved son, brother, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Gloria Robins; three sons, Dan Robins, Houston, Texas; David Robins, Wichita; and Todd Robins, Wichita; three daughters, Kathy Noller, Wichita, Patty Passman, Wichita, and Becky Willinger, Austin, Texas; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; and his brother Allen, of Gloucester, Va.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Earl and Marvin; and his sisters, Margaret, Barbara, and Charlotte.
A service celebrating his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 29, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Ellinwood with Father Terrance Klein officiating. Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church or Ellinwood HS Activity Association in care of the funeral home.
Funeral arrangements provided by
P.O. Box 246
Ellinwood, Ks. 67526
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Dec. 27, 2017