Lynn Gerald Robinson
Lynn Gerald Robinson
If you knew Lynn Robinson, you loved Lynn Robinson. You might be his wife, his child, his parent, his sister, his grandparent, his aunt, his uncle, his niece, his nephew, his cousin, his neighbor, his friend or, perhaps you just met him briefly. No matter - if you knew him, you loved him. Lynn was a child and, later, a man who was always kind. Always sweet. Always fun. He brought so much joy to others (such as the neighbor kids in Hanover who joined him with his children on Saturday morning "Donut Runs" and his sisters who received his voice mail messages every year on their birthdays, Lynn singing "Happy birthday to you... you look like a monkey and you smell like one, too. I love you." Lynn was the middle child - the only son, right in the middle of four sisters - of Gerald L. Robinson and Delores (Imes) Robinson. He was born on May 20, 1959 in Alexandria, Minnesota. Lynn was baptized and confirmed at Osakis Lutheran Church. He attended Osakis Public Schools, graduating in May 1977. Lynn played in band (the tuba!), sang (with great gusto) in the choir, played various sports (including football and golf) and participated in many other school activities. He also worked in high school, at Loren's Jack & Jill grocery store and, occasionally, at Fezler's turkey barns ("Lynn - go take a shower and get away from the dinner table until you do!"). Lynn served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1977 to 1980. A Corporal, he trained as an Assault Amphibian Vehicle Operator and received awards for Good Conduct and Rifle Sharpshooter. He also attended Moorhead State University, was a member of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity and met his future wife, Kathleen Wothke. Kathy and Lynn began their relationship as great friends and married nine years later, on September 28, 1991 in Delano, Minnesota. Lynn and Kathy had two children, Rachel Deanne on January 19, 1994 and Joshua Gerald on November 1, 1995. The Robinsons lived in Hanover, Minnesota (moving there in 1992). Lynn had various occupations during adulthood, such as driving truck for Perkins Trucking, custodian at Roseville Area Schools, Switch Operator for KMC Telecom and serving as the first maintenance and groundskeeper for the City of Hanover (often using his personal equipment and tools). He was frequently referred to as "Mr. Hanover" and served on the City's Planning Commission and was active in Hanover Youth Athletic programs, T-Ball coach and AWANA group leader.
Lynn was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in December 2002. He lived the next 16 years with various complications, pains and frustrations from that neurological disorder. But, he lived those years with great love - given and received - with family and friends including awesome personal attendants and home nurses. His wife, Kathy, was by his side every step of the way. Lynn's sisters were always amazed and grateful for Kathy's love, wisdom and patient kindness. No husband was ever more blessed.
Despite MS, Lynn lived life - he always had a smile, gave nicknames to most friends and neighbors, participated in the MS Walk and worked part-time at the local Tom Thumb store in Hanover (just so he could socialize with customers). He was thrilled to learn, shortly before his death, that his daughter and her husband were expecting their first child - Lynn's first grandchild.
MS finally took its toll on Lynn's body - but never his spirit - and he died at home from complications of MS on October 3, 2018 in Monticello, Minnesota. A family memorial service was held at Fort Snelling, Saint Paul, Minnesota on October 19, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Kathy Wothke Robinson; his daughter, Rachel (Brandon) Crist of Aurora, Colorado; his son, Joshua of Monticello, Minnesota; his sisters, Pamela (John) Thein of Roseville, Minnesota, Joni (Victor) Perushek of Osakis, Minnesota, Jill (Glenn Usher) of Minneapolis, Minnesota and Wendy (Phil) Hatchner of Forest Lake, Minnesota; mother-in-law, Diane Shefveland of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota; father-in-law, Les (Judy) Wothke of Kansas City, Kansas; sister-in-laws, Christy (Greg), Hathaway of Tulsa, Oklahoma, Jessie (Kyle) Simmons of Kansas City, Kansas; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father (Gerald), mother (Delores), his father-in-law (and great friend, Carlo Shefveland) and nephew (Trevor Robinson). A Celebration of Lynn's Life is being held at the Hanover City Hall on Sunday, January 20, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The public is welcome to join Lynn's family as we celebrate the life of this wonderful man.