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Obituary for E.L. Robison

E. L. “Rob” Robison, 92, died at Pine Ridge Extended Care Center in Pagosa Springs on March 28, 2017. He is survived by Audrey L. Robison, his wife of 64-and-a-half years, and daughter Laurie A. Robison, both of Bayfield. A son preceded him in death in 1962 at the age of nine. Four nieces and three nephews also survive.
Rob was employed by the Bell Telephone System for more than 42 years. When he was 17, he graduated from high school in McRae, Arkansas. In 1942 he moved to Tucson, Arizona and started work as a mail boy for Mountain Bell. After turning 18 he joined the Army Air Corps and served until the end of World War II.
After the war he returned to Tucson and graduated from the University of Arizona in 1950 while still working 30 hours a week for Mountain Bell. In his junior year at the University he served as president of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta.
In 1951 Rob was transferred to Clifton, Arizona as Manager for the Company. He met Audrey who was Head Nurse for the Phelps Dodge Hospital. They were married in the Clifton Presbyterian Church on Sept. 27, 1952. After many promotions and inter-city transfers in four different states he retired in 1984 as a Vice President of Mountain Bell in Denver.
Following retirement the Robisons made their home in Oro Valley, AZ (suburban Tucson) for 20 years. At that time they spent summers in their Flagstaff townhouse. In 2002 they started spending some summer time in Bayfield and moved here full time early in 2011. Many active years in retirement included hiking, tennis, golf, travel, square dancing and playing bridge .
A Celebration of Life Service will be at 2 p.m., April 11, at the Calvary Presbyterian Church, 89 E. Mill Street, Bayfield, CO, 81122.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1-800-227-2345, option 2, or at cancer.org.
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