Chet left home at 16 years of age with $16 in his pocket. He worked on various farms doing whatever job was available to support himself and help his family. His younger siblings told stories of how Chet always made sure they had something under the Christmas tree. When he had saved enough money he bought his mother her first washing machine.
Chet moved to Lakeside, Ore. and became a ranch hand for Bea Deacan. Bea introduced him to Barbara Larson who became the love of his life. They eloped to Reno, Nev. and married February 25, 1947. They recently celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. They made their home in Jewell, Ore. where Chet joined his father and brothers in the logging business. While in Jewell, Barbara and Chet had three children, two sons and one daughter. In 1955 they moved to Point Arena, Calif. where Chet, his father, and brothers started a sawmill. Barbara and Chet had one more daughter there. In 1963 the family moved to Trout Creek where they purchased a ranch, raised cattle and Chet logged.
Chet was an amazing husband (recently you would find him feeding Barbara ice cream almost every night in the Clark Fork Valley Long Term Care), great father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great grandfather, brother, and neighbor. He was always willing to help - whether it be pulling a calf, fixing a broken bailer, or whatever was who needed. His children and grandchildren were truly blessed to have him as a role model who demonstrated honesty, hard work, generosity, kindness, and humbleness.
He is survived by his wife Barbara at the Clark Fork Valley Long Term Care in Plains; sons, Gerry (Sue) Robbins of Trout Creek, John (Terrie) Robbins of Modesto, Calif.; daughters, Teri Hathaway of Quinault Wash. and Dorothy Mitchell of Keizer, Ore.; nine grandchildren, Lynn Hale, Kathy Fowler, Shad Albano, Mike Robbins, Brent Robbins, Stacy Redfield, Jennifer Haggard, Matthew Robbins, and Tamera Grayson, 15 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Bob (Connie) Robbins of Potlatch, Idaho and sister Lila (Larry) Bair of Forest Grove, Ore., sister-in-law Anna Marie Robbins of Spokane, Wash. and numerous nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by his parents Charles and Sarah Robbins, brothers John, Russell, and Charlie Robbins and his sisters Lillian Robbins, Vi Hansen, and Mabel Andersen.
Time brings many changes, but the things that really count are the things you can rely on such as your father's love.
There was a celebration of Chet's life at the Trout Creek Community Church Tuesday, June 21. Graveside services followed at the Whitepine Cemetery and reception at the Trout Creek Community Church.
Donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association.