Glen Robbins was born May 30, 1923, in Cassville, Mo., to Neil and Ida Mae Robbins, the sixth of eleven children. He was a part of The Greatest Generation. He was in the second wave of the D-Day invasion at Normandy Beach, fought at the Battle of the Bulge, and received a Purple Heart and four Bronze Stars. After returning home from service at age 21, he married Louise Kipps, of Stella, Mo., whom he first met when he was age 15 and she was 11.
The young couple moved to Miami, Okla., in 1948 and were married for 63 years, until Louise's passing in 2008.
In addition to their loving daughter, Glynda, who devoted all her efforts to caring for her parents, he is survived by his brother, Cecil, and his sister, Arvilla Stringer.
Glen worked for over 25 years at Kipps-Roberts Works until it closed in the 1970s. He was a professional welder and craftsman. He enjoyed fly-fishing at Roaring River State Park. Every summer he raised a garden of legendary tomatoes on land that has been in the family for four generations. His passion was playing music and no distance was too far for Glen to drive to play his spoons with his friends.
Glen's family and his many friends gathered for a memorial tribute today (Wednesday) April 20, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at Paul Thomas funeral home, 1432 B St. NW in Miami, Okla. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. at Macedonia Cemetery in Stella, Mo.
Pallbearers were Jack Kipps, Cecil Wayne Robbins, Chance Robbins, Neil Robbins, Wade Robbins and Bob Rowe.
Contributions in his memory may be made to his preferred charities, The Humane Society of the United States (www.hsus.org), or the Paralyzed Veterans of America (www.pva.org).