Ronald L. Robbins, 1933-2015

Ron Robbins

Ron Robbins

The Rev. Ronald Lee Robbins, 81, of Salina, Kan., passed away April 1, 2015, surrounded by his family.

He was born on Aug. 13, 1933, in Scott City, Kan., son of Orville and Garnett Ballentine Robbins.

Ron served in the United States Army during the Korean War, attaining the rank of Corporal. Following his military service, he earned a bachelor’s degree at McPherson College in McPherson, Kan., and a Master’s degree at Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa.

He was an active and caring minister for the United Methodist Church, as well as combined Methodist and Presbyterian churches, serving in Hazleton, Stanley, and Des Moines, Iowa; Bennington, Kan.; and Diamond City, Omaha and Yellville, Ark. (the Cedar Grove/Pleasant Ridge charge from 2003 to 2008).

He married Carol Ann Robbins in 1987, and they spent many wonderful years in Yellville before moving to Salina. Ron enjoyed bird watching, carving, singing and sharing stories.

Ron is survived by his wife, Carol; his children, Alisa Smith and her husband, Mike; Randy Robbins and his wife, Doe; and Terry Robbins and his wife, Celeste; his brothers, Gary Robbins and his wife, Mary Ann; and Ed Robbins and his wife, Ruth; his sister, Judy Taddiken and her husband, Dale; two stepchildren, Stacey Gingell and her husband, Jim; and Creigh Bell and his wife, Keri; seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and countless other loved ones.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a grandson, Michael Smith.

A memorial service was held April 11 at Ellsworth Memorial Cemetery, Ellsworth, Kan.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, c/o Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. 8th Street, Salina, KS 67401.