Jean Robinson


Jean “Robby” Robinson, 92. Bismarck, ND passed away February 21st at his home.  A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 10, 2023, at Zion Lutheran Church, Bismarck.  The service will be livestreamed on the church website.  Burial will be at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, Mandan.

Jean was born December 10, 1930, to Claude and Gladys (Jerome) at their home in Garrison, ND.  He attended school in Garrison, graduating in 1948.  Following high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy serving on the USS Yellowstone. After he was discharged, he worked on the Garrison Dam for a short time. He was hired by Northwestern Bell Telephone In 1953 and was employed there for 30 years. In 1956, he married Leona Wehmhoefer at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Minot, ND.  In the fall of 1956, he was transferred to Williston where he and Leona made their home for 15 years and where their four children were born. In 1971, they were transferred to Bismarck.  After Jean retired, he was kept busy playing taxi for his grandchildren, taking them to and from school and getting them to their many activities.  Jean volunteered for many community events.  One of his favorites was serving on the VFW Honor Guard.  He was an active member of Zion Lutheran Church.

Jean is survived by his wife of 66 years, Leona. He is also survived by his son David (Karin), daughters –  Kim (Josh), Cindy (Lonnie) Mettler, his brother Marshall, brother-in law Jerry Wehmhoefer, sisters-in-law Janice Wehmhoefer (David Hansen), Shirley Faydo, Ruby (Fred) Black and Gail Prostrollo, his grandchildren, Rikki (Ryan Fahrmann), Ryan (Andrea) Hensley, Michael Mettler, Kristen (Benjamin) Brandt, Craig (Reese) Mettler, Thomas (Mandy) Robinson, Aaron Mettler, Robby Robinson, Jay (Sara) Robinson, 14 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Karen and son, Donald, his brothers, Claude, Jr., Ray, Larry, Howard, his sister, Eunice and brothers-in-law, Richard Wehmhoefer and Lloyd Faydo.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials be made to Hospice of the Red River Valley at www.hrrv.org , the North Dakota Veteran Cemetery at http://www.ndvcf.org/donate or to Zion Lutheran Church at www.pushpay.com/g/zionbismarck

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God saw you were tired and a cure was not to be so he put his arms around you and whispered, “Come with me.” You are in a better place now and though we will all miss you, there is comfort in knowing we’ll be with you in our own time.

There is love in holding on and there is love in letting go. Peaceful thoughts to you.

Our sincere sympathies to you Leona and families. Jean will be missed so much. He was so fun when I lived across the hall from you guys. But he also struggled. He is in a much better place now. Maybe he is having coffee with Glenn and they are telling each other stories and having fun! Rest In Peace dear Jean! See you on the other side! ❤️

To Leona and Family; Our prayers are with all of you during this time. His soul is at Peace and though you will always miss him turn to your conversations of memories with laughter, love, and maybe some tears but always know that Jean is with our Lord.