Eugene Robinson, 98, Osage City: Dec. 1, 1918 – June 2, 2017

OSAGE CITY, Kan. – Eugene Robinson, 98, passed away on Friday, June 2, 2017, at Vintage Park, Osage City, Kan. He was born on Dec. 1, 1918, in Burlingame, Kan., the son of Fitzhugh and Lucille Griffin Robinson.

Gene, as he was known to all, grew up in Burlingame and had lived many years in the Kansas City area before retiring to Holiday Cove on Pomona Lake. He had been at Vintage Park for the last several years.

Gene served with the United States Army in the 28th Division during World War II, in Europe. He worked for the Santa Fe Railroad as a brakeman and conductor for 38 years. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge 18, of Ottawa, Kan., a life member of the VFW post in Ottawa, and American Legion Post 125, Lyndon. Gene had been a member of the Vassar United Methodist Church, Vassar, Kan., and he was a founding member of the Vassar Polecats bluegrass music group.

On June 29, 1940, Gene was married to Lucile Pantle at Strong City, Kan. Lucile preceded Gene in death on Aug. 28, 1999. Gene then married Helen Gerdes on July 3, 2003. Helen preceded Gene in death on Dec. 27, 2007. Gene was also preceded in death by his son and daughter-in-law, Gaylord and Dian Robinson.

Gene is survived by his son, Keith (Terry) Robinson, Paola, Kan.; stepdaughter, Carole Newell, Topeka, Kan.; stepson, Wayne Gerdes, Topeka; and eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at Feltner Funeral Chapel, Lyndon. Inurnment will be in the Vassar Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m until service time at the chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to the Vassar United Methodist Church, sent in care of Feltner Funeral Home, 818 Topeka Ave., Lyndon, KS 66451. Online condolences may be left at feltnerfuneralhome.com.


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