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Maurice E. Robinson

June 20, 2020

Maurice E. Robinson 85, died June 20, 2020 at Kansas Christian Home in Newton.  He was born March 3, 1935 in Blackwell Oklahoma to Clinton M and Sarah J (Lawhead) Robinson. On Jan 11, 1969 he married J. Kay Riley in South Haven and she preceded him in death on June 19, 2005.  Maurice was a graduate of South Haven High School class of 1953. He served his country in the US Army 1955-1959.


Maurice worked early on as a meat cutter in his family’s grocery store in South Haven and Whites Foodliner in Kingman before he and Kay moved to Newton beginning their service to youth working at Youthville in Newton for several years.  He was an avid gardener and folks in Newton and South Haven often stopped by for a garden tour and to see what new seeds he was starting and hybridizing.  He shared that love of gardening with his children.  Later in life he took up wood carving and enjoyed making pieces to share with others.  He won the grand prize in the “art is ageless” contest with other elders across the state. Family was always important to Maurice and he enjoyed visits from his kids, grandkids, great grandkids and friends that stopped by.  Being an Avid KU fan he could always be found cheering the Jayhawk Basketball team when they played.


Maurice is survived by his son Charlie Robinson (Rich Stinnett) of Newton, Andrea (Tony) Arreguin of South Haven. Three grandchildren Melissa, Morgan, and Christopher Arreguin and three Great-granddaughters, Nadia, Ramona, Lucy. He is also survived by his sister Merry (Clifford) Murdock of Caldwell, 11 nieces, nephews, and several great nieces, nephews, and many extended family members.


Over the years, Maurice and Kay were loving foster parents to many.


He is preceded in death by his wife, parents and infant brother Thomas.


The family would like to thank the staff of Kansas Christian Home for their exceptional care during the past 3 years he was in their care and love.


Graveside services will be at Rosehill Cemetery, South Haven, Kansas 10:30 a.m. Thursday June 25, 2020 officiated by The Reverend Donna Voteau. Visitation with the family will be 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at Petersen Funeral Home, Newton, KS.


The Casket will be opened for viewing for 15 minutes ahead of graveside service at the cemetery.


Memorials may be made to Kansas Christian Home, Employee assistance fund in care of Petersen Funeral Home 215 North Main Newton, Kansas 67114



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10 thoughts on “Maurice E. Robinson

  1. Charlie & Andrea, so sorry for your loss. I fondly remember you kids, Maurice and Kay at family gatherings in South Haven! My thoughts and prayers to you all.

  2. Charlie, Rich and your family,
    We are so saddened to hear the news about your loved one. We pray for peace and comfort during this difficult time. May your memories give you comfort. Hugs and Love to you.

  3. Maurice was a fine family man, and had so many interests and talents. He will be missed. God bless him, and those whom he loved, and who mourn his loss in their lives. Rest in Peace.

  4. My deepest sympathies to everyone. Maurice was always so willing to show his garden and tell you all about the flowers. May God comfort you all during this most difficult time.
    Love you all

  5. First my best to Andrea and Charlie. Thoughts and Prayers are with you.

    When I first went to Caldwell in 1978 as a Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Maurice and Kay were so kind to us. We learned to love them as well as their 2 young and active children. A cool drink of fresh Lemonade was always welcome on a hot summer day. Through the years we have in kept touch with Maurice and Kay. We still have a beautiful Antique Peddle Sewing machine that Kay gave my wife. We would talk on the phone and visit as often as we got to Kansas. I think we last met Maurice about a year and a half ago. It was so good to see him.

    I know that the reunion with Kay after Maurice’s passing was probably a glorious event. I can hear her now. “About time you joined me!” Families are Forever!

    Again our condolences to the entire family. Know that Maurice and Kay made a huge difference in this world and are about to now make the same wonderful journey and contribution in the next. There is so much work to be done there.

    Best to all: Kelly McKendrick Sr & Family (Gilbert, Arizona)

  6. God’s speed to you Charlie and family. You have helped myself and many others through the passing and burial of a parent. My deepest sympathy for you in yours.

  7. Our prayers and sympathy go to
    Charlie, Andy and family. Maurice was my school friend then my brother in law. Love you all.

  8. Charlie and Rich,
    So sad to see your daddy has passed, Charlie.. I didn’t know him but I am blessed to know you, so he must have been quite a guy also!! Love and hugs to both of you..
    Formerly from Dillons and stutzmans

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