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Eldon L. “Grayson” Robinson

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LINCOLN — Eldon L. “Grayson” Robinson, 80, Lincoln, died June 11, 2019, in Lincoln.

A celebration of life service will be held Aug. 24, at 2 p.m., at Roper and Sons South, Lincoln. A reception to immediately follow the service, ending with Grayson’s tailgate.

Eldon was born to Bess E. (Lund) and Leonard H. Robinson June 30, 1939, at their farm south of Randolph. Eldon graduated from Randolph High School in 1956 and attended Northeast Nebraska College and graduated as an engineer draftsman. Eldon married Donna D. Hinken and they lived in DeWitt, Iowa, where he worked at the Rock Island Missile Arsenal. In the evenings, he helped neighboring farmers, as he still had the “farming bug.”  In 1960,  he moved his family to the farm he bought south of Randolph, where they raised his five daughters and a son.  He was active in his Robinson Farms operations and related agribusiness enterprises. He was very active in school, community, 4-H, church, civic and political organizations and associations.

After over 25 years Eldon moved to Lincoln. Eldon worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in various positions including; an advisor, as the coordinator in the Farmers in Transition Program and continued his involvement with the University with research and development. Of the many things Eldon accomplished in his life, he was proud of his work with the POW/ MIA League of Families Organization.

Survivors include his children, Debbie D. (Rich) Olson, Randolph; Shelly S. (Ted) Fuchs, Ellis, Kan.; Joni J. (Jerome Thomas), Las Vegas, Nev.; Lori L. Watts, Lincoln; Corby C. (Salle) Robinson, Boise, Idaho; 14 grandchildren and 25 greatgrandchildren, Donna McInis, Lincoln, his Loving Companion of 25 years; her daughter, Robin, and her son, Mike McInis, and three grandchildren; along with numerous family and many friends who Grayson considered as part of an extended family.

Eldon is preceded in death by his daughter, Kerry K. Robinson; grandson, Domonic U. Watts; his parents; and brothers, Arlen D. and Larry W. Robinson.

Grayson had a valued connection with people, once you met him you never forgot him. He was one of those people you would meet, strike up a conversation with and leave you feeling like you had a friend forever.  Eldon had a sense of adventure, was a jokester and loved to make people laugh and always had a nickname for everyone. He was a deep thinker, a good listener and a humanitarian. He was a kind man, a natural with the sciences and a lover of the arts. He will most often be remembered by his unique spark of mischief. We will all miss that enduring smile and twinkle in his eyes.

Cards and memorials may be designated to the family at PO Box 81293, Lincoln, NE 68501.