Robinson, Eugene Edward (Perk), Saginaw, Michigan


Beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully Friday, March 8, 2013 at Caretel Inns of Tri-Cities. Age 89 years. The son of the late Edward and Mabel (Whaley) Robinson, Gene was born August 25, 1923 in Saginaw, Michigan. He served in U.S. Air Force. Gene married Bette Jean Ann Wade, his loving wife of 69 years, on November 27, 1943. She survives him. He was employed at Helfrecht Machine Company and Saginaw Steering Gear as a tool & die maker until his retirement in 1985. Gene was a member of St. Stephen Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council #4232 and a charter member of Maple Hills Golf Club. He was an avid golfer, hunter and enjoyed woodworking. Most of all, Gene loved being surrounded by his family. Surviving besides his wife Bette Jean are one son, five daughters and their spouses, Grant (Doris) Robinson, Saginaw; Suzanne Robinson, Saginaw; Diane (Michael) Barnes, Saginaw; Karen (Tim) Cherry, Bay City; Jeannie Robinson, Saginaw; Janice Robinson and Janette Becker, Palm Bay, Florida; six grandchildren, Brian Robinson, Amy (Brad) Schwanbeck, Daina (Rod) Diefenbach, Ashley (Chad) Helmer, David (Alejandra) Barnes, Kelly (Nicholas) Hamilton; five great-grandchildren, Haley Robinson, Peyton Schwanbeck, Owen and Greer Diefenbach, Breeghan, Michaela and Spencer Mae Hamilton and two more angels on the way; several nieces and nephews. Gene was preceded in death by a daughter, Maria Beth Robinson, and by two sisters and two brothers, Shirley Datema, Mattie Dolfi, George and Robert Robinson. Gene’s family extends their thanks and appreciation to Caretel Inn of Tri Cities and Home & Hospice Advantage for the loving care they provided. Funeral Liturgy will take place on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Stephen Catholic Church. Rev. Fr. James G. Heller will officiate. Interment will follow in St. Andrew Cemetery where military honors will be presented by American Legion Post #439. There will be no visiting hours at the funeral home. Friends may call at St. Stephen Catholic Church where the family will be present on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Stephen Catholic Church or the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements entrusted to The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road. www.snowfuneralhome.net