Denver D. "Opa" Robinette (1924-2010)
Denver D. "Opa" Robinette of Ashland, Ky., passed away in King's Daughters Medical Center on Monday morning Jan. 18, 2010.
Mr. Robinette was 85 years of age, born April 20, 1924, in Catlettsburg, a son of the late Nelson Pem and Johnnie Petry Robinette.
Denver leaves behind his loving wife of 63 years, Leopoldine "Paula" Robinette, whom he met during World War II in Linz, Austria, on the Danube. They have three wonderful children, Frank Nelson and Sherry Robinette, Monte Siegfried and Delorese Robinette and Denise Nora and Curtis Yates. They were the loves of his life. His grandchildren are Tracey Robinette, David and Erica Robinette, Eric and Amy Robinette, Sieggy and Kim Robinette, Curtis and Angela Yates, Robin and Jon Church, Randy Mosley and Cindy Maynard. His great-grandchildren are Taylor Robinette, Elijah Robinette, Samuel and Erin Robinette, Jacob Yates, Jayci Yates, Austyn Church, Ryleigh Church, Sierra Robinette, April Mosley, Whitney Childers and Monica Damron. His great-great-grandchildren are Autumn Wallace and Gracie Hanshaw. Opa also leaves a host of friends with whom he was their rock and fortress.
He proudly served his country during WWII in France, Germany, Austria and England. Denver was staff sergeant in the U.S. Army 66th Infantry Division European Theater with four months and 13 days of frontline combat. His awards include the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge and others. He served a total of five years and seven months.
He retired from Allied Chemical in South Point, Ohio, after 30 years as a control operator. Denver faithfully attended Moore Street Tabernacle and loved serving the Lord at various jobs. He was recognized as the church's first deacon and a lifetime board member.
Denver and family took many wonderful vacations at home and abroad.
Funeral services for Denver Opa Robinette will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, at Moore Street Tabernacle in Ashland. Pastor Danny Pancake will bring a personal message and eulogy. Final rest will be in Golden Oaks Memorial Gardens following a military graveside service. Grandsons will serve as casket bearers and Moore Street Tabernacle board members as honoraries.
Visitation for family and friends will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Kilgore & Collier Funeral Home on Panola Street in Catlettsburg and an hour before services Thursday at the church.