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Reginald A. Robinson

October 5, 1925April 24, 2020

Reginald A. Robinson, 94, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 24, 2020 in Brighton, Michigan. He was born October 5, 1925 in Detroit, Michigan to the late Reginald and Evelyn (Thompson) Robinson. Reginald was a Marine Corp veteran who served in the Pacific Theater and was honored to have been selected as a Marine Guard for Admiral Nimitz during the surrender of Japan. Following the war, Reginald was a Marine Corp reservist and was called up for the Korean War. Once retired from the military, Reginald worked for many years as a project manager in the construction industry.

Always leading by example, Reginald loved God, his family, and his country. He will be greatly missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce (Power) Robinson in 2009; his parents; his brother, Donald Williams; and his best friend and brother-in-law, Phillip Power.

He will be lovingly remembered and forever honored by his children, Laura (Patrick) Sharpe, Bruce (Tanis) Robinson, and Claudia (David) Crandell; his grandchildren, Dr. Rob (Ingrid) Baumstark, Kaelen Koskela, Torrey (Beth) Baumstark, Jenna Robinson, Collin (Erin) Crandell, Jordan (Timothy) Zettek, and Carson Crandell; and his eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be private, and a memorial service will be held at a later date at Memorial Lutheran Church in Williamston.


  • Memorial Services will be held at a later date.


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Rick Eckhout

May 10, 2020

Dear Bruce,

So sorry to hear of your fathers passing. When we would meet he always came up in our conversations and it was plesant to get updates on his independance and good life. We should all be so blessed to live such a good fullfilled life. As sad as his loss is, I know there are plenty of smiles he brings to you daily.

With sympathy,

Rick and Paula Eckhout

Buzz Sodeman

May 3, 2020

Almost daily we hear the phrase "a life well lived," during our many meetings when I would "check on" Reg or deliver some donuts; I discovered that Reg had one of those lives "well lived." Reg always took flowers and placed them on Joyce's resting place in or around Novi. I found out that Reg choose Joyce over a career in the Marines when she said, "what's it going to be, the Marines or me?"

He related to me that his whole family loved hockey; Bruce played and the girls enjoyed the sport, as well, and it was Joyce who got my biggest laugh as Reg told me that she "didn't want to sit at ice level if they went to anymore games at Olympia. She the language was more than she needed to hear!"

I regret that Reg passed away in a time that is being eaten away by the corona virus, only three people could be at the grave sight, thus Reg wasn't able to have the proper military send off that he so deserved. Rest in Peace Reg, you're with the love of your life and out of all the pain of the last few years. Semper Fi!

Peggy Read

April 29, 2020

Claudia, so sorry for your loss. I remember your dad, or Reg as we referred to him in high school, as the good looking dad. 😉 He talked to me like I was an adult, not a dopey teenager and had such a fun, dry humor. You can be proud of how well you cared for him and my prayers are with you to find peace to fill the void he has left in your heart.

Buzz Sodeman

April 25, 2020

I shared some of the things with Claudia and Bruce about their father and the bond that developed between a World War II Veteran and a Vietnam Veteran but others might want to know what he and I shared. We both love hockey and he certainly did not display any memory lapses when talking about the Detroit Red Wings, especially watching a game with him at his condo. He also loved it when my wife, Kathie, took some Lindor chocolates over to him. I will miss picking up donuts for him when I'd go grocery shopping and he'd cut them in half to make them last longer. He was a mentor, a friend and someone that I will never forget what he brought to my life. There is a void in my life that will not be replaced anytime soon.


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