Soldotna resident John William Robinson Jr. died Monday, April 8, 2002, in Nikiski. He was 51.
Memorial services will be at 5 p.m. today at Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai. Additional services will be at Brown's Lake at a later date.
Mr. Robinson was born July 14, 1950, in Clay Center, Kan., the son of John William Robinson Sr. and Margaret Elizabeth (Osboum) Robinson. He attend elementary school in Clay Center and graduated Clay County Community High School in May 1967, after which he spent several months in Tiffin, Ohio, where he worked for Noba Farms.
Mr. Robinson returned to Clay Center and joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He received an honorable discharge in 1971 after serving in Camp Pendelton, Calif., and Hawaii. He then joined his mother and stepfather, Ben Robinson, in Bartlesville, Okla., where he met and married Susan Elvington in April 1973. He went to work as a heavy equipment operator in 1973.
Mr. Robinson was diagnosed with cancer in 1982 and spent many months in treatment and recuperation. He and his wife then moved to Arizona and became house parents for juvenile boys with Vision Quest. John went to work for Pima County, Ariz., as a heavy equipment operator and moved to Mt. Lemmon, Ariz., where they lived in a cottage near a ski lodge.
As a heavy equipment operator, Mr. Robinson developed many skills. In Pima County he participated in the yearly heavy equipment rodeo in Tucson, where he won the grand all-around championship.
Mr. Robinson married Anastasia Zwick in Las Vegas in 1992. They operated a cafe and gift shop on Mt. Lemmon, but their dream always was to move to Alaska. Things finally fell into place for them and they moved to Alaska. They made their home in Soldotna, where they could watch the salmon run.
Mrs. Robinson became ill in 2000 and died after many months of suffering. Mr. Robinson continued to make his home in Soldotna until April 7, 2002, when he met with an accident that ended his life. Mr. Robinson was a member of the Funny River Community Church and the American Legion. He enjoyed fishing, country music and playing in pool tournaments.
Mr. Robinson also enjoyed hunting and camping, and he was an artist.
"John was always ready to help anyone in need and had a kind word for everyone. He was a happy person who loved children, animals and his many friends. John was saved and baptized in March 2002," his family said.
He is survived by his mother, Margaret Glazebrook of Bartlesville, Okla.; sisters, Alice Pence of Omaha, Neb., Shirley Brooks of Bartlesville, and Nancy Huber and husband Joe of Milner, Ga.; two nieces and two nephews; other relatives and many friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Arctic Young Marines, care of the American Legion, P.O. Box 1044, Kenai, AK 99611.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.
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