Jan. 16, 1947 - Dec. 16, 2011
Vernon E. "Gene" Robinson, 64, passed away Dec. 16, 201,1 at Providence Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Gene was born Jan. 16, 1947, in Walla Walla to Van and Helen Robinson. He grew up across the state line in Milton-Freewater. He attended school there. Gene loved
to work in the local orchards with his father and also loved to work on old cars. He attended college, where he studied accounting and also took courses on heavy equipment repair.
Gene met his wife, Kelly Frazure, in January 1983. They were married May 11, 1984. Gene had a case of gold fever, and had several claims he operated in Oregon. He was very interested in holistic medicine and would read and study for hours about natural cures and ways to stay healthy. He loved the outdoors. He and Kelly moved to Alaska in 1989. Here they owned and operated assisted living homes.
Gene and Kelly's home was the house to be at. When a child came home from college they would stay with them. If a grandchild wasn't at his/her home they could always be found at grandma's and grandpa's house. It was a house full of love and time spent together with family.
More often than not Gene could be found at a coffee shop with friends discussing how to solve the world's problems. Gene had many friends and will be missed by all who knew him.
Gene is survived by his loving wife, Kelly; sons, Christopher Robinson-Meyers of College Place, Joshua Hodge of Anchorage, Jarrod Robinson of Anchorage; his daughter, Samantha Robinson of Anchorage; his sister, Diana Robinson; and 11 grandchildren. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Van and Helen; a sister, Jane Robinson; and his son, Jacob Robinson.
Legacy Funeral Homes Witzleben Chapel is handling the arrangements. A celebration will be held on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at the Carpenter's Hall, 407 Denali St., Anchorage, Alaska, 99501. Gene will be interned alongside family in Walla Walla at a later date.