Mr. Duane Eugene Robbins

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

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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.


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Condolence & Memory Journal

What a privilege to have known Duane and to still communicate with Janice. Duane was prince of a man and he was always so kind and so helpful to others. He loved my son, Stephen, and his family, and always made them feel so special!! I appreciate that more than words can say. Duane, Tallowood hated to see (both of) you move away from us, but am so glad you found a place to use your talents. Now you have seen the face of Jesus ....WOW!!

Posted by Sue Wells - Houston, TX - Friend   January 29, 2021

Duane's life story is quite inspiring. We loved hearing about Janice and her family's influence on Duane as an already fine young man. Duane and Janice truly "became one" when they married and their close relationship has been indeed precious. We're thankful for their friendship and we will miss Duane painfully. We loved hearing him sing - and especially when Janice played - and we'll always associate him with "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" as well as other works. We love you, Janice, and we know Duane will stay very closely with you.

Posted by Ron and Jody Bruce - Houston, TX - Friend   January 29, 2021

Unending Love!

Posted by Robert Ball - DALLAS, TX - Friend   January 27, 2021

Posted by Robert (Bob) & Julie Ball - DALLAS, TX - friend   January 27, 2021

Posted by Robert (Bob) & Julie Ball - DALLAS, TX - friend   January 27, 2021

Posted by Robert (Bob) & Julie Ball - DALLAS, TX - friend   January 27, 2021

Posted by Robert (Bob) & Julie Ball - DALLAS, TX - friend   January 27, 2021

Posted by Robert (Bob) & Julie Ball - DALLAS, TX - friend   January 27, 2021

Posted by Robert (Bob) & Julie Ball - DALLAS, TX - friend   January 27, 2021

Posted by Robert (Bob) & Julie Ball - DALLAS, TX - friend   January 27, 2021

Posted by Robert (Bob) & Julie Ball - DALLAS, TX - friend   January 27, 2021

Posted by Robert (Bob) & Julie Ball - DALLAS, TX - friend   January 27, 2021

Posted by Robert (Bob) & Julie Ball - DALLAS, TX - friend   January 27, 2021

Dear Robbins Family,

Duane Robbins will forever be my best friend!

Duane's life and true character is the kind that people know and proudly call a "classic gentleman".
I will always cherish his friendship and will forever seek to emulate his life.
Duane will always be to me a great gentleman though he refused to brag on himself.

So . . . what are these character qualities and criteria by which a "classic gentleman" is to be measured?
How can a gentleman like Duane Robbins live life that consistently made a positive difference on the lives of the people knew and met ?

Here are some of the ** Common Character Qualities** that Duane lived out:

* Duane was a Godly Man who placed ultimate trust in God through a living faith in Jesus Christ.
* Duane was a Christian Man who was never pushy with his faith, but he was always ready to share that faith with others.
* Duane was a Music Man full of life-giving music. He was an eloquent and recorded Baritone soloist; a Choral Director and Member of many choirs; however, most of all, he loved singing and making music with his adorable wife Janice - who as a skilled pianist, soloist, and Vocal Music Teacher at San Jacinto Junior College in Houston, TX for decades they enjoyed making music.

DUANE IS . . .
* an Adoring Husband;
* a Loving Father and Grandfather;
* a Caring Neighbor;
* a Sensitive Man
* a Friend to All;
* a Praying man;
* a Business man and
* my Best Friend!

I could write volumes on any one of these Character Qualities.

But . . . until we meet again in Heaven Duane Robbins . . . I love you my brother!

May God's Presence and Peace invade our lives with His Comfort and Hope!

Robert (Bob) & Julie Ball

Posted by Robert (Bob) & Julie Ball - DALLAS, TX - friend   January 27, 2021

My deepest sympathies, Janice. I so miss seeing the two of you at Tallowood and singing next to Duane in the choir. Love you.

Posted by Jim Price - Houston, TX - friend   January 25, 2021

Janice, so very sorry for your loss. Duane was such a good and nice gentleman. Pat and I have fond memories of serving with you and Duane in Sunday school at First. God bless you and comfort you.
Love- Tom and Pat

Posted by Tom Sturdevant - Georgetown, TX - friend   January 22, 2021


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Unending Love!
Duane Robbins & Bob Ball
Duane Robbins and Bob Ball