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Gary L. Robbins

Gary L. Robbins

Gary L. Robbins, 66 of Streator passed away Thursday morning (April 23rd) at Ottawa Pavilion Nursing Home, Ottawa, ending his battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

A visitation will be held from 9 to 11:30 AM on Monday at Winterrowd-Hagi Funeral Home.
Funeral services will follow at 11:30 AM at the funeral home.

Burial will be in Phillips Cemetery.

Gary was born on Feb. 2, 1949, in Lafayette, IN, to the late Rev. Forrest and Venice (Durham) Robbins.  

He married Barbara J. Zurlinden on June 27, 1970 in Streator.

He is survived by his wife; daughters Kristen (Leonard) Lewis of Bourbonnais and Kendra (Daniel) Wolfe of Rockford; a son, Bradley (Julie) Robbins of Martinsville, IN; a sister Judith (Gerald) Street of Colorado Springs, CO; a brother G. Randall (Suzanne) Robbins of Aurora, CO; and nine grandchildren.  

He was preceded in death by his father and mother.

Gary graduated from Danville High School, Danville, IL, in 1967.  He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Olivet Nazarene University, Bourbonnais, IL.  He taught 34 years as a fifth grade educator at Woodland School, Streator, and was the first teacher to receive the Excellence in Education Award at the school.

He loved teaching, but his passion was music, which saturated every part of his life.  He enjoyed life and had a joke or a song for every situation.

Gary was a member of the Streator Church of the Nazarene where he led music worship for 30 years and also served as a church board member and Sunday school teacher.

Memorials may be directed to the family of Gary Robbins.

Winterrowd Funeral Home
305 S. Park St.
Streator, Illinois 61364

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So sorry for your loss, the world has lost a wonderful man and educator.

Bill and Lu Schultz May 1 2015 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of Gary's passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. I will remember Gary as my "twin" cousin. Born in the same hospital, the same day and same year. You will always be remembered. Mike and Bev Bower.

Bev and Mike Bower Apr 27 2015 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss at this time. I have very fond memories of Mr. Robbins in 5th grade. He inspired me to read all of the Madeline L'Engle's books after hearing him read A Wrinkle in Time. I still have a voracious appetite for books and I credit him for much of that. He was a wonderful teacher with a ready smile and true care. Prayers for your family.

Kelly Lefler Apr 27 2015 12:00 AM

My Condolence to Gary's Family.

Roger D. Durham Apr 26 2015 12:00 AM

My Sympathy and Condolence to Gary's Family.....

Roger D. Durham Apr 26 2015 12:00 AM

So sorry to read of Gary's passing.  Such a nice man and truly devoted teacher.  Did not realize he was ill as we now live in Wisconsin.

Jack and Jo Daugherity Apr 26 2015 12:00 AM

My condolences to your family.

Jennifer (Cashmer) Thomas Apr 25 2015 12:00 AM

For years that I was employed at Woodland School I knew Gary and was always impressed by his good nature and smiling personality   I am sure you will all miss him, but know he is with you in every whisper  Accept my condolence

Anne Finlen Apr 25 2015 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss.  I always remember fondly all the good times at ONU, at your wedding, at our home when you visited.  May God comfort you at this time.  Love to your family.

Diana Marvel Thompson Apr 24 2015 12:00 AM

We have been deeply saddened to know of Gary's struggle with alzheimer's! We appreciated so much His leadership in the Streator Nazarene Church across the years!  We were so blessed to have the Robbins Family as a leading family, in the Church during our time there!
I'm sure he has been deeply missed and will be missed by many.
It's comforting to know He is with the Lord, with a brand new body! He's probably already joined the celestial choir. We are praying for family and friends to feel the comforting presence of the Lord. May He give strength and guidance in the journey ahead!

Wesley and Zelda Burns Apr 24 2015 12:00 AM

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