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Gerald "Jerry" Robinson

July 16, 1933 - May 24, 2016
Holland, MI



Friday, May 27, 2016
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM EDT
Dykstra Funeral Homes
Northwood Chapel
295 Douglas Avenue
Holland, MI 49424
(616) 392-2348
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Saturday, May 28, 2016
10:00 AM EDT
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
3990 112th Ave.
Holland, MI 49424


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Building Fund
3990 112th Ave.
Holland, MI 49424

Life Story / Obituary


Gerald (Jerry) E. Robinson passed away at home on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. Born to Glen and

Elaine Robinson on July 16, 1933 in Cannon Falls, Minnesota. Jerry lived a life full of love first

and foremost, love of God, family, and friends. Jerry was known by all to be very kind, open and

generous and as a result had a large, diverse group of friends from church, work and the


He graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, where he met his future

wife, Lois, played football, and majored in business and economics. He was a preseminary

student, who became a lay pastor/pulpit supply for the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

throughout the Midwest.

A career in Sales and Marketing at various companies brought his growing family to Iowa,

Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio and finally to Holland, Michigan, where he retired from Herman

Miller. He cherished the many great friends he made in each locale.

Being of Swedish heritage and growing up with many of the “old country” traditions, he and Lois

carried on their rich culture with an annual five course Christmas Eve Smorgasbord a


continued by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren today. A special highlight of his

life was a trip to Sweden to learn about and research family history.

Jerry's many talents included woodworking, art and music. He shared his lovely baritone

singing voice and provided music leadership in various parish families. He also enjoyed fishing

with his grandsons and was never one to miss a birthday party or kids’ sport event.

Jerry leaves behind the joys of his life, his wife, Lois Robinson, children, Linda and Phil Payne,

Gregg and Mary Jane Robinson, Marcia and Loren Schrotenboer, and Bill and Kate Robinson.

Grandchildren, Mike Payne, Melissa and Jake Black, Emily and Sergio Lopez, Jillayne Smith,

Issac Meel, Michael Fombang, Deng Quach, Ben and HeeSoo Schrotenboer, Andrew

Schrotenboer, Michael and Meghan Schrotenboer, Stephen Schrotenboer, Soren


and Shana Pitcher, and Anja HolsingerRobinson.

Great grandchildren,

Marcos and Mateo LopezRobinson,

Linnea Smith, Samuel and Isabel Schrotenboer, Charlotte

Schrotenboer, and Dom Lester. Sister, Gail Wahlgren, inlaws

Alan and Bettie Anderson and

many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be at Dykstra Funeral Home Northwood

Chapel on Ottawa Beach Road,

Holland, MI, on Friday evening from 57pm.

The funeral will be at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church 3990 112th Ave. Holland, MI 49520 on

Saturday, May 28th at 10:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Building

Fund or charity of your choice