Eldon W. Robbins
Eldon W. Robbins of Longview, WA, died May 6, 2013.
Eldon was born on June 21, 1925, in Aberdeen, South Dakota to Virgil and Christine (Erickson) Robbins. He spent his childhood in Lebanon, South Dakota. At age 18, he enlisted in the United States Navy, serving in the 31st Naval Construction Battalion, better known as the Seebees. The 31st provided support building roads and airstrips during the invasion of Iwo Jima.
After WWII, Eldon returned to Lebanon, where he met Myrt Hanson. They were married on Feb. 10, 1950. They made their first home in Potter County, SD. For the next three years, Eldon worked at the local grain elevator. In 1953, Eldon moved his family to Longview, WA, and worked for the next five years for the Longview Fibre Co. Eldon began his long career in the automotive business in 1959. He worked as a sales manager for Thornley Oldsmobile-Cadillac from 1959 – 1974 and one year for Evergreen Lincoln-Mercury. He founded Eldon Robbins Auto Sales in January 1975, which continues business today.
Eldon and Myrt enjoyed spending their many winters golfing and dancing at their winter home in Mesa, AZ. He was a member of the Kelso First United Methodist Church since 1954. He was also a member of the Kelso Elks, Longview Country Club, and Three Rivers Golf Course.
Eldon is survived by his wife of 63 years, Myrt Robbins; two sons, Terry of Longview, WA, and Bill (Suzanne) of Eugene, OR; six grandchildren, Matthew (Amy) McNelly of Pullman, WA, Micah McNelly of Portland, OR, Brian (Sara) Robbins of Longview, WA, Mark Robbins of Longview, WA, Lisa Robbins of Eugene, OR, Kathryn Robbins of Portland, OR; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, MaryLou Christoffersen of Longview, WA, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by their daughter, Roxy McNelly, and his sisters, Lucille Grumbois and Dorothy Sharek.
A memorial service was held at the Kelso Methodist Church on Friday, May 10. Arrangements are by Dahl-McVickers Funeral Home, 301 Cowlitz Way, Kelso, WA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Community Home Health and Hospice, P.O. Box 2067 Longview, WA 98632.