Arthur Richard Robinson

Born: Tue., Nov. 15, 1927
Died: Sat., Jul. 28, 2018

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM to 2:00 PM, Wed., Aug. 08, 2018
Location: Burns Mortuary

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Arthur Richard Robinson 90, of Pendleton died Saturday, July 28, 2018 at a local care facility. He was born November 15, 1927. Celebration of Life Services will be held on Wednesday July 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm in Burns Mortuary of Pendleton. Sign online guestbook at Burns Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Arthur R. “Art” Robinson Arthur “Art” Robinson passed away July 28, 2018 in Pendleton, OR. Art was born November 15, 1927 to Clyde and Gladys Robinson in Los Angeles, CA. His family moved to Kinzua, OR where he attended Kinzua Grade School for eight years and graduated from Wheeler County High School in Fossil, OR where he excelled on the basketball team. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1945, assigned to the USS Gendreau DE639, and was honorably discharged in 1947. He grew up learning how to work and he worked hard, trying several things early on including working at the ranch he would eventually return to, and finally purchase, and even serving as a bellman at the Imperial Hotel in Portland, OR. On June 19, 1948 Art married the love of his life, Evelyn Schomp and returned to that same Schomp Ranch to work until 1952 when they moved to Fossil, OR while he worked for Kinzua Corporation in the logging industry nearly losing his life when trapped under some logs while working on the mill pond. His father-in-laws brother owned a Signal service station in Fossil and had became ill, Art went to work for him in 1953, eventually renting the station and finally purchasing the business in 1954 when the owner passed away. The business also included a bulk oil distributorship and he began doing tire business, meeting Les Schwab at the Bridger Creek Mill in Mitchell, OR to exchange tires. Les suggested he paint his wash bay, put in racks and make it a tire store, thus he became the first Member Dealer of the Les Schwab Tire organization. It was about this time that Highway 19 by passed Fossil so Art bought some property and built a new store adjacent to the highway that Les described as a “real nice one for such a small town”. He would also handle a variety of farm supplies for local ranchers, eventually buying a semi that he would use to go to Utah to bring back salt for the mill at Kinzua or for ranchers, plus a variety of other supplies. He always had a desire to try a distributing business and found one for sale in LaGrande, OR. In 1968 Les Schwab bought his tire store and he moved the family to LaGrande where he grew and improved the business to more than a one man operation. As his wife was wanting to move closer to the ranch and son Craig was wanting to join him in business he bought Pendleton Distributing, which became Robinson Distributing in 1974, eventually selling the business in 2001. During the course of business they moved from a rented warehouse on Emigrant Avenue to their own building where they also built three more warehouses. Art never liked owing people money and for the most part paid for them as they were built. In 1985 he bought 85 acres of timberland at Meacham and he tried to spend as much time as possible there cleaning and improving the property. He mowed much of it by hand improving the grass and virtually gave away many cords of wood from the cleanup, having bought an old John Deere tractor with a buzz saw on front to make it easier to cut. Art was a hard worker all of his life, spending many long hours improving whatever business he was involved in trying to provide for his family, which he always put first. Even when working in the oil business he would always try to schedule a delivery to coincide with athletic or school competitions of the family. He was always a competitor and enjoyed shooting pool, whether it was at morning coffee at the Frontier Tavern or after work at the Elks Lodge, having been a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks since 1957. He and his wife were also very involved with and enjoyed the monthly Roving Elks camping excursions. He enjoyed bowling and owned the local bowling alley and also took up golf, joining the Pendleton Country Club for a period of time, however being the worker that he was he thought it was cutting into his wood cutting time. He also belonged to the local horseshoe pitching club and won several awards during that time. Whether it be working or playing he always tried to have fun, often saying there was no sense doing something if you couldn’t have fun doing it. Art is survived by his wife of 70 years, Evelyn. Sons Curtis, Craig (Karla), daughter Caren Reed (Tom), all of Pendleton, five grandchildren and many great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Bill and Tim and Sisters Evelyn and Martha. His family wants to thank the staff at Suttle Care for taking such great care of him and Hospice for keeping him comfortable at the end of his life. A celebration of life will be held Wednesday, August 8. 2 pm at Burns Mortuary followed by a reception at the Pendleton City Hall Community Room.

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Charmian Adams Bogle
   Posted Sat August 04, 2018
Evelyn, Curt, Craig and Caren,
I am so very sorry for you all. I always noted Art's birthday as he used to tell me that my folks were older than he...3 and 5 months. This year it is already written on my calendar so I will be thinking of you all then.
Although I never see you, you are always part of my memories. Seeing Curt in the announcer's booth in Prineville made me feel old, as I could remember babysitting that white haired man.
My love to each of you, Charm

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