Richard “Robbie” Robinson

Richard “Robbie” Robinson, age 82, of Yankton, South Dakota, died Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at Avera Sr. James Care Center in Yankton.

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic a private family funeral will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton, South Dakota.  A public celebration of life will be held at a later date.  Burial will be in the Yankton Cemetery in Yankton with military honors provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the YHS Class of ’57 Scholarship Fund, the Boys and Girls Club in Yankton or to a charity of your choice.

Pallbearers are: Scott Nichols, Patrick Atkins, Michael O’Connell, Drew Nichols, Tristen Atkins, Bryce Atkins, and Mason O’Connell.

Richard “Robbie” Robinson was born April 8, 1938, in Yankton, South Dakota, to Donald and Lillian (Schueler) Robinson.  He grew up and attended school in Yankton, graduating from Yankton High School in 1957.  He then attended the University of South Dakota for a few years until returning to Yankton.  He worked many various jobs in Yankton until 1960, when he purchased the Golden Nugget in Yankton and changed the name to Robbie’s Bar.  Shortly after purchasing the bar, he was called up to serve his country during the Cuban Missile Crisis at Fort Riley, Kansas.  After returning home, Robbie married the love of his life, Rose, on March 9, 1963 in Avon, South Dakota.  Robbie continued operating the bar for 45 years, until retiring in 2005.

Robbie was a lifelong Yankton resident and was very proud and supportive of his hometown.  He was a member of the United Church of Christ Congregational in Yankton his entire life.  He was a charter member of the Yankton Sertoma Club and was also a member of the Roy Anderson American Legion Post No. 12, St. John’s Lodge, El Riad Shrine, Lewis and Clark Shrine, Pheasants Forever, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, Yankton Elks, and served as director for the Yankton district in the South Dakota Liquor Dealers Association.

Robbie was a hardworking man, who saved everything, remembered everything and always had a good story to tell.  He loved being around people and enjoyed playing pinochle, telling jokes and supporting athletics at Yankton High School, MMU and USD.  He was an avid fisherman and hunter, even going on safari in Africa.  Robbie’s greatest joy was his family.  He was very proud of his girls and his grandchildren and loved watching them grow up.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Rose Robinson of Yankton; three daughters: Sarah (Scott) Nichols and their children, Drew and Samantha of Eagan, Minnesota; Cheray (Patrick) Atkins and their children: Tristen and Bryce of Kuna, Idaho; and Stacia (Michael) O’Connell and their children: Mason and Aubrey of Prosper, Texas; his brother, James (Pat) Robinson of Yankton; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: William Thomas and Donald Robinson Jr.


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18 response to "Richard “Robbie” Robinson"

  1. By: David Balfany Posted: January 7, 2021

    Rosie, Sarah and family,
    So sorry to hear of Robbie’s passing. He was a fine man and I always enjoyed his stories at Robbies. He had a great memory and told me such detailed stories about my grandpa (who I never knew so I really appreciated hearing them) and also his younger days growing up with my dad and uncle. I really liked hearing those stories and he was so kind to tell them to me.
    I will never forget him. May God bless all of you and give you some comfort in this difficult time.

  2. By: Rick and Barbara Stahlecker Posted: January 7, 2021

    Rosie: Rick and I are saddened to read of Robbie’s passing in the paper today. We always enjoyed our time spent at the bar and especially when visiting with you or Robbie. Yankton lost a good man and a warm human being. I’m sure you have many happy memories to comfort you. Take care and God bless.

  3. By: Pamela Bruning Posted: January 7, 2021

    Rosie, i am so sorry to hear this news..I loved coming to the bar so see the two of you. He was always so friendly to me and Megan too. I hope he gets the chance to meet my mom and dad when he gets to heaven.. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Pam Bruning

  4. By: Richard Larson Posted: January 7, 2021

    Rosie, I am so sorry to hear of Dicks passing. I was hoping to see the two of you now that Pati and I have moved back to Yankton.
    Always enjoyed seeing the two of you in the good old days at the bar. Also Dick was a good friend of the family and dad.
    He will be missed.

  5. By: Junior Gilson Posted: January 7, 2021

    Mrs Robinson, on behalf of my mother Gloria Gilson, and myself, Junior Gilson, I send our deepest sympathies to you and your family on the loss of Robbie. He was an upstanding man and also a good friend to my late father Dick Gilson. May God bless you and your entire family during this hour of need.

  6. By: Marie & John Mogck Posted: January 8, 2021

    To Rosie and families , So sorry to hear of Dick’s passing today.. Oh the memories , for so many years ! Dick definitely was a “character “. He had a knack for embarrassing everybody 😉 He always had a smile and some “wise crack” when a person saw him somewhere;) There will never be another “Robbie” like Dick.
    Our deepest sympathies to you Rosie and your families ;(
    R.I.P. My friend;(

  7. By: Kelly Voracek-Sparks Posted: January 8, 2021

    Dearest Rosie, Joe & I are so sorry to hear of the passing of Robbie. He was a great guy, always giving, always smiling, and always said “hi” when we would run into him. Joe & I go way back visiting with him countless hours at the bar. He even sponsored my women’s fastpitch team for years, and after games the team would visit him and tell our tales of the game. He was a special man, who will be missed by all who knew and loved him. God Bless and prayers for comfort during this trying time.

  8. By: Jo Huber Posted: January 8, 2021

    Rosie – I was very saddened to hear of the passing of Robbie. He was always fun to work with back in the day. I will always remember his forthright manner. He will be missed.

  9. By: Angie and Marty O'Connor Posted: January 9, 2021

    I am so sorry to hear of Robbie’s passing. I always enjoyed spending time with him and listening to his stories. He was a real gem for sure. His passing leaves a hole that won’t be filled. Love and hugs.

  10. By: Jodi Winter Tjeerdsma Posted: January 9, 2021

    Rose, Sarah, Cheray, Staci and family –
    I’m so sad to hear of Dick’s passing. Mom had been keeping us updated through the church information, Will always remember his smile and friendly greeting at the bar, church or at sporting events. Thinking of you in this sad and difficult time. Side note – Rose — I always knew you were from Avon – my father in law, Robert “Bob” Tjeerdsma graduated from Avon HS in 1957 or 1958 – his parents farmed in rural Avon like yours – wondering if you maybe knew him in school.

  11. By: RICHARD NEDVED Posted: January 10, 2021

    On behalf of the Yankton High School class of ’57~
    ..Robbie, you will be missed.

  12. By: Glenn Mannes Posted: January 11, 2021

    Dear Robinson Family,
    The City of Yankton was fortunate to have Robbie in the Yankton area for so many years.

  13. By: Dennie and Jeanette Stark Posted: January 12, 2021

    We are so sorry for your loss. We so enjoyed knowing Dick, the genuine friendship, the golfing, the story-telling, the laughing, and his kindness and generosity. He had a smile and positive words for all, a true caring for people, and was an example of a life lived well. We pray for all of you during this time. May the Lord hold you in the palm of His mighty hand.

  14. By: Prosper Cross Country Posted: January 12, 2021

    We are very sorry to hear about your loss and are keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.


  15. By: Prosper Cross Country Posted: January 12, 2021

    We are sending positive thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Prosper Cross Country

  16. By: Prosper Cross Country Posted: January 12, 2021

    We are thinking about you and are sending positive thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

    Prosper Cross Country

  17. By: Tina Wysuph Posted: January 12, 2021

    Robinson Family:
    I’m so sorry to hear the passing of Robbie. He was such a kind man. I was part of the Sertoma Club and Robbie always made me feel welcome! He was truly an asset to the community and will be missed! Rosie, thinking of you at this time and my thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

  18. By: Bill Biles Posted: January 21, 2021

    To Robbie’s wife & family . . .
    Heartfelt condolences & deepest sympathies for the loss of your beloved Dicky – ( that’s what I called him ). I spent the
    summer of 1957 in Yankton, drawing maps with the USGS – Dicky & I became good friends , we did party! We use to go
    to the Shore Acres Ballroom in Sioux City along with other venues. Dicky did come down to Louisiana & we went on to
    New Orleans.. He will always have a special place in my heart.

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