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Obituary: Richard Matteson Robbins

Born August 17th, 1927 in Whittier, California

Died July 31st, 2013 in his home in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Loving husband to Carolyn Robbins. Father to Robert S. Robbins (who predeceased him) and Michael M Robbins. Stepfather to Laura Rush, David Middleton, and Amy Axtman. Grandfather to Vanessa Robbins, Nigel Robbins, Daniel Robbins, and Jennifer Robbins. Step Grandfather to Timber Toste, Tara Sweitzer, Austin Axtman, Jessica Middleton, Jessica Grubb, Andy Garcia, and Matthew Rush. Step Great Grandfather to River Rae Toste. Brother to Barbara Stone. Uncle to Nancy and Andrew Stone. Cousin to Elizabeth Means

Richard, more commonly called “Dick,” served in WWII in General Patton’s tank unit. He was a patriot and was proud to serve his country. After serving in the military, Dick attended Whittier College where he played football and studied to become a compound pharmacist. He then moved on to USC where he received his Ph.D. in pharmacy. He was a third generation pharmacist in Whittier for approximately 40 years. His wife, Marilyn, and he had two sons. She died after they had been married 25 years.

Dick was an expert marksman. He loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed teaching gun safety and shooting to many others including boys who belonged to the Boy Scouts of America. He loved the Lord and served in his calling faithfully as Ward Clerk in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for 16 years. He served with 6 bishops. Dick also had a beautiful voice and sang with the church choir. He moved to Lake Tahoe in 1985. Dick loved living in Lake Tahoe where he had many friends. He was a gentle, loving, wise man with a ready smile and a keen sense of humor. Always ready with a story or joke.

Dick married Carolyn Rowe in the year 2000 and they joined their families. He then “inherited” two daughters, another son, their spouses, seven more grandchildren, and a great grandchild.

Dick was 85 years old when he passed away peacefully in his home. He endeared himself to all of his family. He will be greatly missed by his wife, his family, and his many friends.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” ~ Psalms 23: Verse 6.

Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints at 3460 Spruce Ave on August 8th at 11:00 A.M. Internment will be at The Happy Homestead Cemetery at 2:00 P.M. Funeral Home is McFarlane Mortuary.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Aug 13, 2013 08:24PM Published Aug 13, 2013 08:35PM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.