Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 4, 2012

Grant Robinson


HASTINGS — Grant Robinson age 91 of Hastings passed away Monday, Oct. 29, 2012 at his residence.

Grant was born on May 1, 1921 in Middleville, the son of Earl and Esther (Schleh) Robinson. He attended and graduated from Thornapple Kellogg High School of Middleville in 1939.

Grant honorably served in World War II from June 2, 1945 through Dec. 29, 1946, stationed in the Aleutions. Following the war he was employed at Middleville Engineering for a year. Grant and Carolyn Shellington were married on June 14, 1947.

He and wife Carolyn worked as manager of Thornapple Manor, then called the County Farm. Grant farmed for 21 years on his 200 acre dairy farm on East State Road. He was a MABC technician and DHIA milk tester for Barry County. He retired from the Hastings Post Office after 12 years of service in 1984.

Grant has been a member of the Grace Wesleyan Church in Hastings since 1947. He was a church treasurer and board trustee and a member of Giddeon. Grant was also a Hastings township treasurer.

Grant and Carolyn traveled extensively in the United States, camping in their Airstream "condo on wheels", during retirement. He was a talented wood craftsman. Grant enjoyed gardening, reading and photography, as well.

Grant was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Esther Robinson; in-laws, Emmett and Mary (Bouck) Shellington; brothers-in-law: Howard Shellington, William Shellington and Robert Shellington; sisters-in-law: Ruth (Willard) Kidder and Dorothy (Jerry) Barker.

Grant is survived by his wife of 65 years, Carolyn (Shellington); sons: Lynden (Patty) Robinson, Gordon (Merry) Robinson, Ron (Patti) Robinson; daughter, Lois (Randy) Frantz; grandchildren: Sadie, Cale, Julia, and Kelley Robinson, Casey (Mitch) Edmondson, Sarah and Nicole Frantz, Nacole Kreiser-Budz, Nick and Christopher Kreiser and Alison (Mike) Stephens; great-grandchildren: Noah and Logan; brother, Wayne Robinson; sisters-in-law, Frances Shellington, Kathleen (Smith) Sherman, Pat Shellington, Verna Shellington and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Barry County Commission On Aging, 320 Woodlawn Ave., Hastings, MI 49058.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 from 6 until 8 p.m. at Girrbach Funeral Home in Hastings. The funeral service will be held on Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 at 11 am at Girrbach Funeral Home. Burial will follow the funeral service at Freeport Cemetery. A luncheon will follow the funeral service at the Barry County Commission on Aging.

Arrangements by Girrbach Funeral Home, in Hastings, please visit our website at to sign the online guestbook or to leave a memory or message to the family.