Arlyn Vane “Ike” Robbins passed away peacefully in the Golden Good Shepherd Home on Sunday, February 19, 2023, at the age of 97.
Arlyn was born September 29, 1925 in Augusta, the youngest child of Loran and Maggie (Pierce) Robbins. He married Hildegard Pfarrer on March 9, 1953 in Bamberg, Germany. She preceded him in death on June 10, 2022.
Arlyn spent his youth working the family farm alongside his sister and three brothers, going to school in a one room schoolhouse, and graduating from La Prairie High School at the age of 16. In 1951, Arlyn entered the U.S. Army as a PFC and while stationed in Germany, he met his bride, Hildegard.
Without doubt, Arlyn was a part of the “greatest generation”. Raised during the hardships of the Great Depression, he learned the survival tactics of hard work and conservation, as well as self-reliance balanced with a sense of community that is rare in today’s times. He was a kindhearted, hardworking and quiet humble man, always willing to help his friends and neighbors. Arlyn farmed most of his life, and was a devoted husband and father. He continued to farm until his retirement, when he and Hildegard moved to Woodland Park, Colorado, and then later to Canon City, Colorado. They also enjoyed their times as “snowbirds” to Arizona, traveling in their RV, and always making new friends along the way.
Arlyn demonstrated his generosity and care for others by being an active member and officer of the local Lions Club International in both Augusta, IL, and later in Woodland Park, CO. Hildegard would also be part of various events and fundraisers.
His hobbies included building a Piper J-3 Cub airplane, snowmobiling, camping, constructing an A-Frame cabin in Colorado, his German Shepherd dog, Sarge, and in his later years building and flying radio-controlled airplanes. As “Uncle Ike”, he was always ready to help his many nieces and nephews especially when it came to tinkering with a motorcycle, a go-cart, or repairing a tractor.
Survivors include his two children, son Larry (Karen) Robbins of La Follette, TN and daughter Katie (Wendell) Iverson of Surprise, AZ. The family wishes to thank friends during this difficult time, and specifically thanks the many caregivers from Blessing Healthcare/Hospital, Blessing Hospice, and the Golden Good Shepherd Home. Monetary contributions may be made to the Veterans organization of your choice.
A Celebration of Life is being planned for later this spring.