Daniel L. Robbins Sr. 68, of Brazil, passed away June 10, 2006, at his residence in the presence of his loving family.
He was born Jan. 11, 1938, in Indianapolis, the son of Gilbert Robbins and Daisy O'Day Robbins. In 1955, Dan graduated from Arsenal Tech High School. He worked 23 years for American Fletcher National Bank and Peoples State Bank and as vice president for Indiana National Bank. He retired from EDS Sales Dept., a division of General Motors in 1999. Dan also worked in the Treasury Department of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 50 years. He thoroughly enjoyed May weekends at the track.
Dan was involved in several civic organizations, including the Exchange Club of Brazil, Masonic Lodge 541, Scottish Rite Valley of Terre Haute and the Clay County Park Board. He also participated in the Dale Carnegie public speaking course. He was elected to the Clay Community School Board, serving from 1982-1990. His proudest accomplishment as a board member was the consolidation and the building of Northview High School.
Dan was an avid fan of Yankee baseball, Notre Dame football, and I.U. basketball. At the Indianapolis 500, he cheered on his favorite driver Mario Andretti. Many Dale Earnhardt, Sr. memorabilia decorated not only his den but his wardrobe as well. He was also a member of the Indianapolis 500 Old Timers Club.
As an active member of the First United Methodist Church, he served on many boards including the Board of Trustees, taught Sunday School class and faithfully sang in the worship service choir. Singing in the Community Choir was also a favorite pastime.
For over 20 years Dan and Jane Ann have been touted as the number one fans of the Northview Marching Knights. They have provided skits and poems of encouragement for the band every year before state finals for the past 12 years and have been devoted band followers since 1985.
On Jan. 26, 1980, he married Jane Ann McQueen Robbins. Dan and Jane Ann were blessed to share 26 1/2 years together.
Dan is survived by his wife Jane Ann; his father and stepmother, Gilbert and Virginia Robbins, of Tampa, Florida; his children, Cheri Arana and companion, Randy Bullock, of Plainfield, New Jersey, Dan Robbins, Jr. and fiancée, Amparo Dellamico, of Seattle, Washington, Jill Smith and husband, Jeff, of Indianapolis, Greg Hayes and wife, Ann, Scott Hayes and wife, Elizabeth, and Jennifer Jervis and husband, Dan, all of Brazil; grandchildren, Jonathan, Jamey, Jared (Sarah) and Joshua Robbins, Shannon and Tori Smith, Kala, Heath, Hayley and Alexee Hayes, Kyle, Sydney, and Quinton Hayes, and Cole and Taylor Dickison; stepgrandchildren, Mica Amis and husband Joe, Mandy Smith, Jenna Smith, and Alex Jervis; great-grandchildren, Joey Robbins, Mallory Smith, Eden, Maren and Judah Amis; the mother of his children, Virginia "Ginny" Robbins; a sister Dena Aleksa and husband, Roger; a brother-in-law, Rick McQueen and wife, Mary, sister-in-law Marla Keppler, and husband, Dr. Ed Keppler, sisters-in-law, Kay Harper and Dolly Nickles; two aunts and uncles, Bill and Judy O'Day and Ken and Mary Bavender; nieces, nephews cousins, and a host of wonderful friends.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Daisy Robbins; one brother, Steve Robbins; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Orman and Jane McQueen.
Services will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with Pastor Tony Alstott officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, 4-8 p.m. at Lawson-Miller Chapel and at the church one hour prior to services.
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Pallbearers will be Dan Robbins, Jr. Jeff Smith, Jonathan Robbins, Greg Hayes, Scott Hayes and Dan Jervis. Honorary Pallbearers will be John Coughanowr, Sr, Jim Ringo, Marty Exstine, Ricke McQueen, Bob Medworth, Ed Keppler, Randy Bullock and Mauri Modesitt.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Dan and Jane Robbins Northview Marching Knights Scholarship Fund. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.