Allen Robinson

Allen Robinson

Allen Kelso Robinson of Plainwell passed away Saturday, September 20, 2014 at his home. Mr. Robinson was born October 26, 1936 in Plainwell to Roy and Eloise (Kelso) Robinson. He served his country in the Army Airborne. Allen was a graduate of Plainwell High School and had worked at Plainwell Paper Company retiring in 1999 after 40 years. He was a past President of Local 1062 and in his leisure time had built doll houses for all his grandchildren.

On October 17, 1958 he married Jo A. Bradshaw who survives. Also surviving are his children, Jenann (Dave) Pearson of Plainwell and Douglas (Sarah) Robinson of Plainwell and a son-in-law George Pearson of Plainwell; 9 grandchildren, Allison, Jamie, Brooke, Sara, Andrew, Ian, Brodie, Ellery and Aviah; 2 great grandchildren, Reid and Parker and one expected in November; his sister Mary Jane (Gordon) Rantz.

He was preceded in death by a daughter Kelene Pearson and his sister Cheryl Chapin.

Cremation has taken place. A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 1:00 Hope Lutheran Church, Plainwell with Pastor Dave Louder officiating.

Contributions in memory of Allen may be made to Hospice Care of South West Michigan or Alzheimer’s Association.

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  1. Patricia A. Pallett says:

    I have the best memories of playing cards at Pells with Al and Jo. Al would make me laugh out loud every time. He had such a kind heart and loved his family dearly. I happened to be at Mary Jane’s the Christmas Eve he brought her the most beautiful doll house. Wish we could have one of those times back just one more time! Love to all of you!

  2. Thomas and Robin Moran says:

    We send our deepest sympathy to the family and also mention what a great guy Al was to work with or just be around. he was a terrific person GOD BLESS

  3. Don & Sherri Ferguson says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  4. Jan Sell-Kimble and Michael Kimble says:

    Our hearts are saddened. Please know you continue to be in our thoughts and prayers!! May God comfort you during this difficult time.

  5. Carolyn Jordan says:

    Jenann and family, please know that you are being held in my heart, thoughts and prayers during this very sad time. You folks did your best to take the best care of your dad/ husband and continued to let him know how much he was loved. May the peace and grace of God be with you and comfort you now and always.

  6. Michael Chase says:

    Jenann and David, I’m sorry for the loss of your father & Father in law. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  7. Natalie Pickett, Hope and Maya Pell says:

    We are heartbroken to hear of your loss. Prayers and thoughts to you and your family.

  8. Amy Rantz-Schrab says:

    I’m so honored to be one of Uncle Al’s niece’s– I have nothing but wonderful childhood memories of our beautiful family. With all my love— healing thoughts to Aunt Jo,
    cousins Jenanne and Doug and all their family and for everyone else that were fortunate to have Uncle Al in their lives…

  9. Julie (Lester) Taylor & Bob Taylor says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  10. Brad & Aimee Herrington says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during your difficult time of loss. May you all find comfort in the peace that has now graced Mr. Robinson.

  11. Brad & Aimee Herrington says:

    Our hearts go out to you all during this difficult time. May you take comfort in the peace that has finally graced Mr. Robinson. Thoughts and prayers.

  12. Bob and Sharon Witt says:

    Our deepest sympathies to JoAnne and the entire family. So sorry for your loss. Great memories come to mind when thinking of all of you. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Lauri Rantz Stone says:

    Aunt Jo, Jenann, Doug, George and families,
    I am so sad to hear about Uncle Al. I am keeping all of you in my heart, thoughts and prayers.
    “Uncle Al the Kiddies Pal” is what we call this wonderful man. An Uncle to me through marriage, but was as much of a blood Uncle to me and my siblings. Uncle Al always new how to get a crowd laughing, sometimes to tears. I will keep all of these memories close to my heart.
    I was fortunate to spend all of my life with this gracious man, and even though through the years we may not have seen each as often, time never skipped a beat. I was always greeted with a smile, a hug & kiss, and my stomach always hurt from laughing for the while that we chatted.
    You will be forever in my heart…

    “To live in the hearts we leave behind, is not to die”

    I love all of you with all my heart & soul, may God Bless you through this difficult time, and I am always here for you…


  14. Budd & Kim Hybels says:

    I’m very sorry for your loss, Al was always one of my favorites, always smiling and picking on us when we were kids, are thoughts and prayers are with all of you .

  15. Jeff, Steph, Alex, Seth and Katy Lawson says:

    Sending love and hugs and prayers to you all. My heart is just full of love for you all and memories of Uncle Al. Having him in my life was a true gift.

  16. Brian Walker says:

    So sorry to hear this sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with all the Robinson family.

  17. Jason and Shannon Phillips says:

    So sorry for your loss. Your entire family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Praying for God’s peace throughout this time of mourning.

  18. Matt Weaver says:

    My deepest condolences to the Robinson family. May your wonderful memories of Al bring you peace and comfort during this sad time.
    He was a great man and will live on.

  19. Gail Doster-Parker says:

    Jo Ann and family: I wish to send my sincere condolence out to your entire family. I was trying to put the thoughts in my mind before typing them and this is what popped into my mind….. just imagine the reunion and happiness that’s taking place in Heaven at this very moment. Can you not hear and see all the smiles and talking taking place ! These thoughts brings tears and a smile at the same time. God’s love to you.

  20. Jerry and Judy Shumaker says:

    Jo Ann, Mary Jane, and family. Please know that we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers on the loss of Al. He was a great guy ! ! ! ! We are so very sorry for your loss and hope that your fond memories and special photos will help you through your grief in the coming days, weeks, months, and years. We most certainly will be thinking of you on Wednesday when everyone can revisit and share their most memorable times with Al. Please know that you are in our hearts at this sad time. May you find comfort in knowing that so many people thought the word of Al. Take care now.

  21. Chuck Kiel says:

    We’ll never meet another Al. Rest in peace my friend.

  22. Tammy (Otis)Jackson says:

    Aunt Jo and Family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I have so many great memories from when I was younger of the times we spent together. Cherish your memories. Hugs to all of you.

  23. Neil and Amy Misner says:

    Our thought and prayers are with the family. So sorry for your loss.

  24. Debbie (De Bruyne) Harris says:

    Jo and family, I’m so sorry to hear that Al passed. He sure was liked by the guys at the mill. A hard working man and a devoted Dad. Jo, you and Al were so greatly matched. Both of you could be so funny. I just found out less than a year ago about Kelene. I lost my son Michael in 2009 at 29 years old. That was the hardest time of my life. Knowing he’s in Heaven gives me comfort and I know Al was probably met at the gate by Kelene. A place where there are no more tears, disease and no more good byes.

    I’m sending you and Jenaan, and Doug a {{{{{HUG}}}}}.

    Our family sure had a lot of relatives working at the Paper Mill…didn’t we? God bless, Debbie

  25. David and Linda Rantz says:

    Uncle Al we will surely miss you, you were certainly an insperation to us, you could make anyone laugh. Growing up you were always great to be around! We sure love you and you will be missed. With All our hearts love Dave and Linda, Megan, Steph, and Jill

  26. Debbie Rantz Stone says:

    Hugs to all of you. As my sister said, Uncle Al was always a hoot, and could make you laugh. I have many wonderful memories with Robinson Family. God Speed Uncle Al the kiddies pal!

  27. Kathy Pearson says:

    Rest in peace dear Al. I know Kelene was waiting to show him the way home. My favorite memory is at Christmas. Their family plays Bingo and Al would take walnuts and crack them take the nut out and replace it with Money. And of course one nut had the largest amount in it. Such great times cracking those nuts to see how much you won. Peace be with you all. Love you guys Kathy.

  28. Sally Kenyon-Laws says:

    Very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with all of you.

  29. Brad and Renee Tyler says:

    R.I.P. My friend it was my pleasure to work with you ,Our thought and prayers are with the family .

  30. Scott Williams says:

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad Jenann. It’s very hard to lose a parent. Memory’s and lessons are what we hold on to.
    I’m prying for you and your family.

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