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Posted By Whitney & Murphy On June 28, 2017 @ 10:37 am In Obituary | 14 Comments

Howard D. “Butch” Robinson, 76, from Mesa Arizona went home to be with his Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday June 24, 2017. Howard was born on September 25, 1940 in Des Moines, Iowa to Marion F. and Lillian T. (Piske) Robinson.

Howard grew up in Iowa, Illinois and Arizona. Howard graduated from Scottsdale High school in 1959 and joined the U.S. Army where he proudly served his beloved America until 1962. He loved to tell stories about how cold it got at the Thule AFB in Greenland and how the early warning system locked onto the moon thinking it was a Russian missile causing the SAC to scramble fighter jets while he was stationed in Thule.

After his military service Howard returned to Iowa where he met the love of his life, Elaine H. Morgan from Prairie City, Iowa. They met at the Knoxville Nationals and they were off to the races… if you could imagine that. On January 26, 1963 Howard and Elaine were married in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in Minnehaha County and, as Elaine would say, they had many Minnehahas thru the years!!! By December 1963 they had a bundle of joy as Robbie came along just in time for Christmas. They moved around a few times living in Iowa, California and finally settling down in Arizona.

After moving to Arizona in 1982 Howard found his calling in the medical transportation industry as the General Manager of Professional Medical Transport (PMT). Howard eventually acquired his own ambulance company, EMTI DBA American Ambulance and ventured out on his own. Howard went on to own and operate several medical transportation companies and related support services over the years. Howard enjoyed transporting patients and listening to them as they told him their life stories. Howard branded all of his companies under the “American” banner because he loved everything about this great country, especially American bald eagles. Howard soared as “Eagle One” (his dispatch call sign) until his retirement. Howard was a member of the American Legion.

Howard was preceded in death by his parents, brother Earle “Skip” and sister Marion (Severance). Those left to honor his memory are his wife of 54 years, Elaine, son Howard W. “Robbie” (Michelle), 3 grandchildren Wayne (Chey), Taylor (Alissa), Sarah and 2 great granddaughters Charlotte (Taylor) and Chloe (Wayne). Howard is also survived by his brother Jerry (Sally) of Springfield Missouri and a multitude of loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M., Thursday, July 06, 2017 at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix.
A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be conducted by Pastor Dave Schmidt of Christ Church Lutheran at 9:15 A.M., Friday, July 07, at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona; 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix. The cemetery will be on the right side of the road. Continue north to Pinnacle Peak Road & turn right. Main entrance is will be on the right side. Once inside, you will see an electronic sign on your right that will direct you to the shelter for the service.

A reception will immediately follow the Graveside Service at the Deer Valley Airport Restaurant; 702 West Deer Valley Road, Phoenix. Please RSVP for the reception by Saturday, July 1st, 2017 by contacting Elaine, Michelle or Robbie.

Our family appreciates flowers sent for the visitation or in lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Howard to the 100 Club of Arizona; 333 N 44th St #100, Phoenix, Az 85008. The 100 Club of Arizona supports families of Police and Fire first responders.

Isaiah 40:31
…but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.

Condolences for the family of “ROBINSON, HOWARD D.”

Condolence from Bob&Barbara on June 28th, 2017 1:41 pm

He will missed,so sorrry!

Condolence from Sax and Margaret Stone on June 28th, 2017 2:48 pm

May God bless you in your grief with sweet memories.
With our love and prayers,
Sax and Margaret Salem, Oregon

Condolence from Bea Parco on June 28th, 2017 2:58 pm

Sending prayers to Howard ‘ s family. He was a good man, it was a privilege and an inspiration to have met him several times. My condolence to Elaine and family.
Bea Parco

Condolence from Howard and Karen Murphy on June 28th, 2017 3:46 pm

Elaine and family,
We are so sorry to hear of his passing, but we know he will be with you in spirit. We won’t be able to join you, but our hearts are with you. Praying for your strength and comfort at this time.
Love, Howard and Karen

Condolence from Janice Clark-Steele on June 28th, 2017 3:57 pm

I always admired Butch. He was a hard worker, a good husband, father and grandfather.
My heart goes out to Elaine, Robbie, Michelle and all the grandchildren.
We will all miss him and never forget our times together as cousins.

P.S. Travis sends hie condolences.

Condolence from Stan Robinson on June 28th, 2017 4:43 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Aunt Elaine. I always loved hearing Uncle Butch’s stories as well as his jokes. He will be miseed and fondly remembered.

Love you all
Stan & Rita Robinson

Condolence from kerla valdez on June 28th, 2017 9:10 pm

God has taken are angle to be with. Him he will be missed and his laugh was the best he was so caring he would do almost anything for anyone I will miss you til we meet again

Condolence from Cindi and Larry Good on June 28th, 2017 10:28 pm

Dear, Sweet Elaine…

We are so sorry for your loss! Will be praying for you and your family during this very difficult time, for Jesus to wrap his loving arms around you and give you comfort, as He is our Great Comforter.

In Jesus’ love,

Condolence from Lin McConnell on June 29th, 2017 12:12 am

Prayers to you and your family Elaine. I am so sorry but I know he’s Home now and is in a much better place.

Condolence from Eubanks family on June 29th, 2017 4:48 am

I am so sorry for your loss. May your cherished memories of Howard bring you comfort until the day you are reunited. (John 5:28,29)

Condolence from Sue Heim on July 3rd, 2017 8:26 am

Elaine, Robbie, Michelle, Sarah and all who loved Howard,

My heart weeps with yours. I ask our Father,to give each of you His comfort, grace and peace.

I will see you on Thursday evening.

With love,

Condolence from Stan & Mathilde on July 4th, 2017 8:05 am

Thinking of you in your time of sorrow. Our prayers go with you .

Condolence from Jim & Dorie on July 4th, 2017 5:33 pm

Jim & Dorie

We are so sorry for your loss.
I always like working with Butch, we had a lot in common. We helped each other out over the years.
Butch will be missed very much.

Condolence from Larry and Teresa Hargrove on July 6th, 2017 6:41 pm

Remembering Howard’s kindness and generosity.
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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