Former Juneau resident Lyle H. Robinson, of Underwood, N.D., died March 15, 2008, at the Turtle Lake Community Memorial Hospital following a long illness. He was 79.
Born Nov. 12, 1928, at Washburn, N.D., the son of B. Earl and Christena (Thomson) Robinson, he attended elementary school in Washburn and graduated from Washburn High School in 1946.
He married Lorraine Mautz on March 12, 1948, in Bottineau, N.D. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1949 and was honorably discharged at the U.S. Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Va. He served in the Air Force Reserve from 1956 to 1959.
According to family members, he enjoyed stock-car racing and played a leading role in the development of the McLean County Raceway in Underwood. He worked with his father for many years at the Washburn Motor Co. before moving to Juneau in 1967.
While living in Juneau, he owned and operated his own business, E&L Auto. He later returned to Underwood, where he enjoyed his retirement years.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman, his family said. A favorite place of his was the wood pile, where he sawed logs for his wood stove.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one infant son, William Earle; three brothers, Harold A., Robert E. and David G. Robinson; and one sister, Ethel Sliger.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lorraine Robinson, of Underwood; two daughters, Pat Robinson, of Bismarck, N.D., and Vicki Peres and her husband, Kelly, of Juneau; two sons, Scott Robinson and his wife, Teresa, of Juneau, and Tim Robinson, of Sitka; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Bob Robinson and his wife, Linda, of Bismarck; two brothers-in-law, Mylo Mautz and his wife, Marlene, and Harold Mautz and his wife, Rita, of Garrison, N.D.; and special friends, Clark and Claudette Ness, of Washburn.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Underwood, N.D., with the Rev. Darrel Aleson officiating. At the conclusion of the service, military rites will be provided by the American Legion Victor B. Wallin Post 12 of Washburn, N.D. A private interment will be held at Riverview Cemetery in Washburn.