Earl Franklin Robbins

September 12, 1924January 25, 2018

Earl Franklin Robbins September 12, 1924 through January 25, 2018

Earl was a man of joy, kindness and compassion. In his life he wore many titles; veteran, son, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, great-great grandfather, and Reverend Robbins. Family and God were central to his life.

He was born and raised in Bedford, Indiana to John and Nellie Robbins. He left home for the first time to serve as an Army medic in the Pacific theater during World War II. Upon his return, Earl worked and retired from General Motors in Bedford after 30 years of service. Post retirement, he embarked on a new adventure to become an ordained United Methodist minister.

Earl and his wife, Janet Shotts Robbins, ministered together for over 20 years in Indiana. Looking for challenges and not willing to slow down at the young age of 71, he and his wife moved to the Middle East to preach the word of God as missionaries.

Upon his last retirement at the age of 86, Earl and Janet settled in Bloomington enjoying church and family until Janet's passing in the spring of 2017. As with many true loves, Earl never recovered.

Earl was preceded in death by his wife Janet; parents, John and Nellie Robbins; two sons, Danny Robbins and Mike Price; and ten siblings.

Survivors include son, Terry (Linda) Robbins of Bloomington; daughter, Sheryl Price of Fort Meyers, FL; brother, John (Colleen) Robbins of Bedford, IN, and a legacy of offspring.

Funeral services to celebrate his life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 29, 2018 at Day & Deremiah-Frye Funeral Home, officiated by the Rev. Ray New. Entombment will follow at Valhalla Memory Gardens where the Monroe County Honor Guard will perform military rites. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral service on Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Please make any contributions in remembrance of Earl to Crossroads United Methodist Church, 6030 West State Road 48, Bloomington, IN 47404

Online condolences may be made to the family at


  • Visitation

    Monday, January 29, 2018

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, January 29, 2018


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Doug Hamilton

February 2, 2018

Sheryl and family:
Chris and I send our deepest condolences on the loss of your dad. I hold fond memories of CAP days and how wonderful it was to gather at your home.
We truly hope your grief will be short and your memories of a beautiful life will be very, very long. Trust in the promises God makes to each of us and always look forward to a beautiful reunion to come.
Your dad made a difference in our lives and the lives of many other people. And now he and Janet watch over us . . . always as close as our hearts and dreams.
Most sincerely:
Doug and Chris Hamilton
Puyallup, Washington

Lola Robbins Brown Mills

January 29, 2018

I'm so sorry to hear of Earl's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Richard Robbins

January 28, 2018

Deepest sympathy and prayers to Earl's family.

ruth botelerr

January 27, 2018

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