Bruce Robins, 58

Bruce Robins, 58, of rural Clemons, died in the peace of his home on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, with his loving family at his side. Bruce was under the tender care of Iowa River Hospice from New Year’s Eve until his death. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church north of State Center with Pastor David Klinge officiating. Visitation will be held at the church one-hour prior to the services. Private interment will be at a later date. For condolences, please visit The Mitchell Family Funeral Home West Marshall Chapel in State Center is caring for Bruce and his family.

Born on Jan. 12, 1954, in Marshalltown, he was the son of Blair and Elaine (Davis) Robins. He graduated from the West Marshall High School and began truck-driving. Bruce then fell in love with farming-the place he said he wanted to die, and with God’s blessings he was able to do so. He loved nature, the prairie and farming the land as well as raising animals. Even though he could be “opinionated” or as his sisters say, “Stubborn,” he had a very compassionate and generous side as well. Bruce stated that one in eight people get cancer, and he was glad it was him so cancer would leave the rest of his family alone! He was a man of his word and did whatever it took to fulfill his promises. In years past, Bruce enjoyed his Triumph motorcycles. Especially in recent times, faith became very important to him, as he was going to receive his fountain of youth from God. Bruce was a baptized and confirmed member of St. John Lutheran Church.

Left to cherish his memory is his mother, Elaine Robins of Clemons; his five sisters: Jeanette (David) Helland, of St. Louis, Mo., Jeanine Worl, of Chandler, Ariz., Jeanelle Sidwell of Phoenix, Ariz., Jeanice Arment, of Marshalltown, and Jeananne Wolfe, of Clemons; as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

In eternal life, he rejoined his dad Blair and his grandparents.

Bruce’s family also found many treasures in people at this time, those who made his final days blessed. So many people gave of themselves and will not be forgotten, so thank you to Lee and Mary Tollefson, Dave and Wendy Harrison, Dave Schmidt, Dan and Brian Freiberg, Bill Pfantz, Chance Flynn, Ivan Walker, Ray Helland, Allen Armbrecht as well as many others that because of emotions don’t come to mind. Also special thank you to Iowa River Hospice for their dedication in caring for Bruce. All of you are precious to Bruce’s memory.