Mr. Duane Eugene Robbins

  • Born: July 7, 1933
  • Died: January 19, 2021
  • Location: Dripping Springs, Texas

Tribute & Message From The Family

Disciple of Jesus, Loving Husband and Naval Aviator

Message From The Family

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Duane Eugene Robbins, was born on July 7th, 1933 in Kansas City, Missouri, to Dorothy and Ben Robbins. He was raised during the Depression, which precipitated extreme challenges early in his life. At the age of 17, he and his family were in a serious car wreck, that resulted in Duane becoming severely injured and orphaned. Through the kindness of family and friends, he healed from his injuries and graduated from Austin High School, in Houston.

After high school, Duane attended Baylor University studying Psychology. He also loved music and possessed a vibrant, baritone voice. He was invited several times to solo with various revival meetings. While studying at Baylor, he was attending a church service, where a darling redhead named Janice sang a solo. He decided that he was going to marry her, and the courtship began. In the meantime, he decided to join the Navy to become a pilot. Shortly after Baylor graduation, and pre-flight school, Duane and Janice were married. He completed his flight training, and then they were stationed in Bermuda.

Duane spoke very fondly of his flying days. There was comradery, adventure, and he genuinely loved flying. As with many in his generation, serving his country in the military was one of his greatest honors. He loved telling stories of his adventures as a pilot. Being chosen to participate on an Honor Flight to Washington DC in 2018, was a highlight of his life.

He and Janice fulfilled his military obligation and moved to Pasadena, outside of Houston, to be near Janice's parents. In civilian life, Duane landed in the insurance industry. He also became a Navy reservist, and continued to fly for many years, and reached his goal of the rank of Navy Captain.

Duane and Janice sang together in church choirs, taught Sunday School classes, and he became a deacon in his church. He served as interim music minister at several church's in the Houston area. Duane's understanding of how much Jesus loved him grew over the years, and it was commonplace to see him late at night, in his recliner, studying his Bible, seeking his Lord. His friends considered him a trusted listener, a true confidant. Duane's innate sensitivity to those around him was reflected in his genuine concern, and many kindnesses. He also considered it complete joy to support his wife and her students in their singing achievements.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Janice Robbins, his son, Mark Robbins and his wife Donna Stonecipher, of Flower Mound, Texas, daughter Rosemarie Nelson and her husband, Steve Nelson of Austin, Texas, and four grandchildren.

Upon his recent diagnosis, Duane repeatedly said, "I know God is in charge". He approached his death with dignity, and a confidence, that His Lord was good and big enough to trust. Today, he is in heaven, free from pain, seeing his Lord face to face. He is free.