Kenneth G. Robinson, Jr., 81, of Brookings, passed away Monday, September 7, 2020, at The Neighborhoods at Brookview. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, at St. Thomas More Catholic Church. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church beginning at 9:30 a.m. Rude’s Funeral Home with assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Brookings Humane Society in Ken’s name.
Kenneth G. Robinson, Jr was born on October 13, 1938 in Nashville, TN the son of Kenneth and Maude (Dunbar) Robinson, Sr. The family moved to Delaware in 1939 where he grew up. He entered the Air Force in November of 1956 and was honorably discharged in October of 1962. Kenneth was united in marriage to Nona Hetrick and to this union three children were born, Deborah, Gary and Eric.
Ken held many positions in the sales industry. Ken worked in automobile sales in Sioux Falls, and at Spader Campers for a number of years, he also worked at Viking Vans for 12 1/2 years in Flandreau, SD. He started working at Comnet Cellular in Brookings, which is now known as Verizon Wireless in Brickwood Plaza, and retired from there due to health reasons. Ken stayed home for a couple years before he went to work part time at Quality Inn in Brookings, retiring in 2016.
Ken met Shirley (Sudtelgte) Marso in 1993 and they were married on Jan. 1, 2001. They continued to live in Brookings.
Ken was a member of the Brookings Amateur Radio Club and the American Legion. Ken enjoyed stamp collecting, miniature trains, amateur photography, and traveling.
Ken is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Brookings; daughter, Deborah (Tim) Docken of Sioux Falls, SD; two sons, Gary (Ann) Robinson of Tea, SD and Eric (Tonya) Robinson of Brandon, SD; step-children, Tammy Marso Steen and her friend Dave VanSambeek of Brookings, SD and Kevin (Priscilla) Marso of Pierre, SD; six grandchildren Katie (Docken) Stiefvater, Patricia Docken, Thomas Docken, Katelyn Robinson, Samantha (Robinson) Bumann and Carter Robinson; three great grandchildren; five step-grandchildren, Jacob Steen, Zachary Steen, Nicole Steen, Ryan Olson and Samantha (Olson) Wyman; four step-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Dorothy (Mike) Chrun of Taylor Falls, MN, Mary (Ron) Ottoson of Sioux Falls, SD and Sharon Roberts, of Johnstown, CO; brother-in-law, Joe (Susan) Sudtelgte, of Elkton, SD and other relatives and friends.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents, his parents-in-law, Justin and Iona Sudtelgte, brother-in-law, Jerry Sudtelgte and sister-in-law, Judy Sudtelgte.
Condolences may be sent the family through www.rudesfuneralhome.com.