Kenneth Eugene Robison
June 1928 ~ November 2013
Kenneth Eugene Robison passed away in Everett, WA in November 2013, at the age of 85. He was born in Omak, WA to Clayton and Belle Robison. He was the second of six children. In 1929, the family moved to Wenatchee. Ken attended H.B. Ellison Jr. High and Wenatchee High School, from which he graduated in 1946. He briefly attended college at Wenatchee Junior College and University of La Verne in La Verne, CA. In 1949, his family moved back to Omak, where he met Nancy Lowell in 1950. After the start of the Korean War, Ken was drafted into the Army. He left for Basic Training on October 31, 1950, and was deployed with the 40th Infantry Division. He earned the Combat Infantryman Badge and was honorably discharged in August of 1952. Ken and Nancy married in June of 1953. They moved to Denver, CO and soon started a family. Laura was born in 1954 and Teresa in 1955. During the winter of 1956, they moved to Chelan, WA to live and work on the Robison family orchard at 25 Mile Creek. Bonnie was born in 1957. Phillip was born in the spring of 1963, but only lived until December of that year. In 1959, Ken and his family moved to Wenatchee, where the PUD hired him. He started as a meter reader and eventually became a hydroelectric operator at Rock Island Dam. In 1965, he moved his family to Chelan Falls, where he continued to work for the PUD. In 1972, the family returned to Wenatchee. He retired as Chief Operator at Rocky Reach Dam on July 1, 1985, after 25 years. He often joked that he was a “dam” man.
Ken and Nancy divorced in 1982. Later that same year, Ken met and married Anita Dougan. They resided in East Wenatchee and enjoyed traveling around the United States until Anita’s health and physical strength began to decline. She passed away in August of 2009. Soon after, Ken decided to move closer to his daughter, Teresa in Everett, WA. In November 2013, as he took a nap after dinner, his Lord and Savior called him Home.
Daughters, Laura England, Teresa Ronkin, and Bonnie Haner survive him. His grandchildren include, Jennifer Haner, Megan Salvage, Kevin England, Shayna England, and Brian Haner. He has one great-grandson, Samuel Salvage. Ken’s surviving siblings include sisters, Betty Varner and Patty Davis, and brothers, Ernie and Dan. Also surviving him are stepsons, Dale, Tom, and Russel Dougan. His sister, Olive Sibert, preceded him in death.
Ken was a strong supporter of his church and was quite involved. He enjoyed volunteering his time at church and rarely missed an opportunity to contribute. In light of this, a Celebration of Life will be held to honor him at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Eastmont Baptist Church in East Wenatchee, with Pastor Steve Brewer officiating. Memorial donations may be made to Sunshine Adult Family Home, 2920 89th Street SE, Everett, WA 98208.