Harold Robinett was born to Arthur Francis Robinett and Maude Lucille Cook on April 6, 1914 in Woodburn, Ore. He went to our Lord on Feb. 14.
He lived a long and good life of 102 years. He went into the Navy at age 17 and served for 20 years. He was on the USS Chicago during WWII in the Pacific Ocean theater, making many stops in the Pacific on the way to Australia. Luckily, he was sent back to the base before the ship was sunk by Japanese torpedoes in 1943.
Harold moved to Whidbey Island with his wife Sally in 1950. They adopted four children, Martin, Delores, Patsy and Marysue from Japan in 1953. They made their home on Maxwelton in Clinton and dabbled in farming while also building a home.
Harold worked for the Naval Fire Department in Oak Harbor as a firefighter, 24 hours on, 24 hours off for 15 years, retiring in 1966.
When Sally passed away, after 40 years of marriage, Harold met Jeanie Kenney and they were married. They had a wonderful life together and traveled the United States visiting relatives along the way. They also made homemade caramels and dressed up in Victorian attire to sell their wares at various shows.
Harold enjoyed the big family gatherings in the beautiful house that he and Jeanie had built together in the Useless Bay Colony. Harold loved to play golf and played well into his 90s. Jeanie passed away after 14 years of marriage.
At the age of 99, Harold made his home at Maple Ridge Assisted Living in Freeland. There, he became known as “Papa” and always had a smile and doting workers to brighten his day! He celebrated his 100th birthday with family and friends at a big party held in the Clinton Community Hall.
Harold leaves behind his brother James of Pennsacola, Fla.; his son Martin (Juanita) of Coupeville; his grandchildren Beverly Currier, Greta Matthews, Ben Robinett and Pamela Pfiefle; his daughter Marysue (Don) of Shreveport, La,; his grandson Mark Greene; his son-in-law Rick Christman; his grandsons Edwin West, Bret West and Richard Christman; and his grandchildren Sarah and Chris Hendren.
Harold also leaves behind his step-daughter Chris Jones (Pierre) of Stanwood,Wash.; his grandchildren Vince Jones and Troy Jones; his step son-in-law Lowell Osteller of Garfield, Wash.; his grandchildren Joseph Osteller and Jeanna Halversen; his step-daughter-in-law Debbie Daumen (Jim) of Langley; his grandchildren Jennifer Baker, Kristen Barrow, Amy Barrow, Eric Barrow, Laura Barrow, Amy Ward and Lucy Casai; and his many great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers Wilbur, Howard and Maynard; his wives Sally and Jeanie; his daughters Patsy and Delores; his grandson Michael Greene; his step-daughter Carol Ostelle; and his step-son Brad Barrow.
A service will be held at 5 p.m. Friday, March 3, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Langley.
A special thanks to Debbie and Jim Daumen and their children for all their love, care and attention to Harold’s every need. Also thanks to Chris and Pierre Jones for being such good stewards and to all the caring staff at Maple Ridge.