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KENNEWICK, Wash. - James "Jim" Robinson, 67, of Richland, Washington, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Chaplaincy Hospice in Kennewick, Washington, following a brief battle with cancer.
He was born in Brooklyn on June 25, 1949, the son of Julian and Amanda Robinson.
Jim graduated from Milford Central School in 1968 and joined the military, serving in the Vietnam War. He was proud to have served in the United States Marine Corps, Army and Navy.
After returning from the service, he was employed at Boeing in Seattle, Washington for 32 years as a tool maker/machinist until his retirement.
Jim was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and especially fishing. He enjoyed taking his dog for a walk every day by the river.
Jim was a family man who often kept in touch with his loved ones through phone calls just to say hello and let them know he was thinking of them.
On Feb. 4, 2012, Jim married his soulmate, Judi Steen of Richland, Washington, and experienced some of the happiest years of their life together. Judi said, "Jim was the most tender, wonderful person she had ever known." She and Jim enjoyed target shooting, going for walks and going out on his boat. A fond memory Judi shared was of them feeding the ducks down by the river after having dinner at Sterling's Restaurant.
Jim is survived and remembered with love by his wife, Judi; his daughter, Jamie (Ryan) Crawford and their son, Ryan James (RJ) of Royal Palm Beach, Florida; his son, Tobie (Gloriann) Robinson and her son, Kael Northcraft of Olympia, Washington; three siblings, Catherine R. Miller of Milford, Gerard "Jerry" (Diane) Robinson of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Caroline J. (Mark) Finne of Davenport; and a brother-in-law, Joseph A. Ballard of Davenport; nephews and nieces, Jason (Sofia) Robinson of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Casandra (Jim) Sabellico of Patchogue, Christine Robinson of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Elizabeth Miller of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Joseph (Maggie) Ballard of Davenport, Michael Ballard of Davenport, Matthew Finne and Ryan Finne of Davenport. Jim is also survived by Heather, the mother of their children.
Besides his parents; Jim was predeceased by his sister, Marilyn R. Ballard; and his brother-in-law, Howard "Butch" Miller; and several aunts and uncles.
There was a special pinning ceremony at Jim's bedside by the United States Marine Corps honoring Jim's service to the country on May 23.
The family honored Jim's request that there would be no calling hours or funeral service.
Donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Published on June 9, 2017
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