Palmer Austin ‘Rob’ Roblin

MARQUETTE, MI. – Palmer Austin “Rob” Roblin, age 89, of Marquette, entered eternal life Thursday evening, December 5, 2013, at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, in the loving, comforting care of his family, Lake Superior Hospice, and the caring staff at Jacobetti.

Rob was born August 10, 1924 in Detroit, a son of Palmer F. and Elsie T. (Austin) Roblin and was raised in Detroit. Like so many young men of his time, he left school at age 17 to serve his country during World War II. He entered the US Merchant Marines, serving on an army transport ship in the Pacific Theater of Operations. His tour of duty was cut short, however, when he contracted malaria and was honorably discharged. Returning to Detroit, he went to work in a defense plant and it was there that he met his “Rosie the Riveter” in the person of Linnea Hannula, a Marquette native, who was also working for the war effort. The couple was married in Detroit on May 7, 1944, where they made their first home and began raising a family.

They later moved to Marquette for a time before returning to Detroit. Rob was employed with Chrysler for ten years before the family moved to Colorado in 1960. There, he began a new career as a building inspector for the City of Fort Collins, working in that capacity until his retirement.

His retirement years were filled with traveling, golf, and his love of movies. Basically a self educated man, he devoted himself to learning all he could, always willing to share his vast knowledge and experience with others. Above all, Rob was a family man, very generous and caring about those he loved, always putting them first.

Rob is survived by his wife of 69 years, Linnea; his daughter, Diana (John) Swift of Marquette; a granddaughter, Stacey (Roy) Smith or Greeley, CO: a grandson, Matthew (Lisa) Knight of Thornton, CO; a “son”, Dan Rieck of Fort Collins, CO; great-grandchildren, Claire Schultz, Brooklyn and Cooper Smith, Lauren and Joshua Knight; a brother, Donald Shimmin of Detroit; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Michael and daughter-in-law, Linda Roblin; and a brother, Leslie Shimmin.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Swanson-Lundquist Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 10, from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Funeral services will be held at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Green Garden at a later date and will be announced. Interment will be made in the Park Cemetery.

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