THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Maynard J. Robbins, Jr.
Issue Date: April 18, 2019
Maynard Jerome Robbins, Jr., 80, of Munising, passed away late Sunday morning, April 7, 2019 at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, Mi.
Born Sept. 3, 1938 in Munising, Mi., to the late Maynard and Emma (Kaminsky) Robbins, he graduated from Wm. G. Mather High School in 1956 and served in the United States Army. After basic training, he married Marlene Barbeau and they raised three children. They lived in Alaska where he was stationed working as a heavy equipment operator and also managed the trailer court where they lived.
He was honorably discharged in December of 1959 as a Specialist 4th Class and then attended Northern Michigan University, where he was certified in data processing. He worked many jobs in many places including, American Motors in Kenosha, Standard Oil in Munising, Drott Manufacturing in Wausau, Ansul Fire Suppression in Marinette and Mead Paper Mill in Escanaba, Mi.
After retirement from data processing, he worked as an apartment manager for Willow Creek Apartments in Escanaba for 17 years and when returning to Munising, he managed the Chatham Manor.
A member of Eden Lutheran Church in Munising, he was also active at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Escanaba and First Lutheran Church in Gladstone. They volunteered as church youth group leaders for many years, taking kids on adventures to Great America, concerts, four national youth gatherings and many trips to Fortune Lake Lutheran Camp. He enjoyed fishing and taking his sons hunting when they were young.
He was a great person, good mentor and a veteran, always striving to better himself. He worked hard at everything and always succeeded which enabled him in provide for his family. He instilled good morals and ethics in his children helping them to succeed in life.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Marlene Robbins of Munising; three children, Kristen (Jonathan) Rosenberg of Katy, Tx., Scott (Cyndi Spell) Robbins of St. Mary's, Ga. and Craig Robbins of Munising; three grandchildren; three siblings, Gary Robbins, Arlene (Dwayne "Picky") Posont and Yvone Robbins and many nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Cheryl (Don) Sandstrom.
Visitation will be held at Eden Lutheran Church on Monday, June 3 from 10 a.m. until time of a Memorial Service at 11 a.m., officiated by Pastor Ann Gonyea. Interment will be in Maple Grove Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the American Legion and Vietnam Veteran Honor Guard. Memorials can be made in his name to Eden Lutheran Church Youth Group.