William "Bill" Robbins

Born: Tue., May 30, 1916
Died: Tue., Jan. 3, 2012


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fri., Jan. 06, 2012
Location: First Christian Church

Funeral Service

1:30 PM Sat., Jan. 07, 2012
Location: First Christian Church

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William R. “Bill” Robbins, a 95 year old longtime Trenton businessman, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on January 3, 2012.
A celebration of life is scheduled for 1:30 p.m., Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the First Christian Church in Trenton.  A visitation is scheduled for 5 to 7 Friday evening at the church.  Open visitation will start at noon Thursday at Whitaker Eads Funeral Home in Trenton.  Memorials are suggested to North Central Missouri College and the First Christian Church.
Mr. Robbins was born May 30, 1916 on the farm northwest of Trenton, which has been in the family since the late 1800s.  He graduated from Trenton High School, Trenton Junior College and the University of Missouri, where he was a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and Q.E.B.H. senior honor society.  Following college he was employed by the Federal Land Bank and U.S. Department of Agriculture in St. Louis and Chicago.
In 1942 he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was in the Pacific theater, including the Okinawa invasion on Easter morning of 1945.  He was discharged as a captain at the end of World War II and was a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
He was married May 4, 1950 in Columbia, MO to Marilyn Henderson of Monroe City, MO, who survives.
After 12 years as an official with an insurance company in Columbia, MO he was of Farmers Mutual Insurance Company of Grundy County.  He was president of the Missouri Association of Mutual Insurance Companies in 1978 and received that association’s Hall of Fame award.  He also served as president of the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies Council of Editors.  In 1995 he compiled and published a 100-year history of Farmers Mutual Insurance Company of Grundy County.
He was a deacon, elder and board chairman of the First Christian Church of Trenton and active in construction of the present church building.
A life member of the University of Missouri Alumni Association and former member of the association’s national board of directors, he was also a member of the advisory committee for the University’s Thompson Farm west of Spickard for 16 years.
He was a director of Trenton National Mercantile (now U.S.) Bank for 22 years and served on boards of Trenton Area Chamber of Commerce and Grundy County Industrial Development Corporation.
Politically active most of his adult life, he was chairman of the Grundy County Republican Central Committee for 12 years and a member of the State Republican Committee.  He was also appointed to a committee on reorganization of state government by Gov. Kit Bond in 1972.
He belonged to York and Scottish Rites of the Masonic Lodge and had headed all Trenton units of the fraternity.  He held numerous state and national Masonic offices and attended Masonic events in Europe and the Middle East in official capacities.  In 1996 he wrote and published a history of Trenton Masonic Lodge covering its third half century, 1950 to 2000, as a supplement to the Denslow History treating the lodge’s centennial period of 1850 to 1950.  Mr. Robbins was also a member of the Moila Shrine Club.
Mr. Robbins is survived by his wife, Marilyn Robbins of the home; two daughters, Meredith Black and her husband, Gary of Trenton, MO and Marsha Eaton and her husband, Randall of Warsaw, MO; four grandsons, Guy Black of Jefferson City, MO, Jacob Black and his wife, Lindsey of Trenton, MO, Eran Eaton and his wife, Tammy of Columbia, MO, and Alex Eaton of Columbia, MO; three great granddaughters and two great grandsons; and two nieces, Sue McIntosh of Princeton, MO and Patricia Buffer of Raymore, MO.
Those preceding him in death include his parents Ray and Agnes Nigh Robbins and a brother Frank.

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Tom & Shirley Trainer
   Posted Thu January 05, 2012
We are so sorry for your loss.
May you feel God's loving and comforting arms enfolding you.

Tom & Shirley

China One Buffet (Nena,Mendy and Andy)
   Posted Thu January 05, 2012
We are so sorry for your loss.Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Shawn and Jim Miller
   Posted Thu January 05, 2012
We send our love and sympathy on the passing of your loved one. We know our God will surround you all with his love and strength for the days ahead. We always enjoyed seeing Bill when he came to Warsaw and know that he will be missed my many. Will be keeping all of you in our prayers.

Karen Jackson
   Posted Fri January 06, 2012
With our sympathy in your loss. Sending hugs and hopes of many wonderful memories to fill your hearts.

William K. Clark
   Posted Fri January 06, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you grieve the loss of a dear family member. We join you in that grief as so many others lost a dear friend as well as a church and community leader. Bill lived his life well and was loved by so many. Bill Clark

Martha Gitthens
   Posted Fri January 06, 2012
My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of your loss. It was a pleasure working with Bill through Farmers Mutual Ins. Co. of Grundy County and also through his affiliation with Cameron Mutual Ins. Co. He was a very fine gentleman.

Douglas Dible
   Posted Fri January 06, 2012
I was honored to know and share memories about The Thompson Farm history with Bill.
Hes was a gentleman and it was my good fortune to have known him.

Please accept my sincere sympathies.

Doug Dible

Linda and John Benner
   Posted Fri January 06, 2012
Dear Marilyn and Family,

It is as if a bright light has gone out when Bill went quietly home to His God.
Our hearts will be with you on Saturday as you celebrate all the ways he enriched the lives of those around him. We are grateful that we knew him.

Linda and John Benner

The Cullers/McLinden family
   Posted Fri January 06, 2012
Bill will always be remembered as the finest example of a gentleman. Our deepest condolences to all your family.

Sarah and Bob

Mike and Cissy Clark family in Orlando
   Posted Sun January 08, 2012
Our thoughts and prayers are with you this weekend Meredith and Marsha; and especially your mom. Your dad was not only a good man, he was a great man and role model for many of us. Mike is so glad he had a nice visit at your home with your folks the last time he was in Trenton. You won't be far from our thoughts for many weeks to come.

Anna Lou Martin
   Posted Sat January 14, 2012
Dear Marilyn and family,
My thoughts are with you and you have my deepest condolences in the loss of Bill. He was a great man and I was previleged to have known him. I will miss seeing his smiling face when I attend church again in the future.
Anna Lou

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