Graydon - March 13, 2014
Graydon “Grady” Robinson was born on Oct. 1, 1927 at Brandon, Neb. He was the oldest of three children born to Elmer and Leona Harshman Robinson. Graydon grew up in Brandon and attended Brandon School through the sixth grade. Graydon then attended school in Ogallala, Neb. and graduated from Ogallala High School in 1945.
After graduation, Grady joined the United States Navy and served on a combat aircraft carrier off the coast of Saipan at the end of World War II.
After his discharge he returned to Brandon. Graydon was married to Marjorie Southard on Jan. 13, 1947 at St. Francis, Kan.
Three children were born to this union. They lived in Brandon and Grady worked at the Julesburg Sale Barn in Julesburg, Colo. from 1949 until 1951 and later at the Ogallala Sales Barn. He worked construction in Texas for a year and was part of the Iron Workers Union. They returned to Nebraska in 1953 and Graydon was busy farming, ranching, and working as a livestock auctioneer.
In the mid-1960s Grady and Marjorie purchased the Grant skating rink and ballroom. It was renamed the Crescent Ball Room and the family hosted many dances and skating parties. With the addition of a restaurant, family entertainment became more of a focus.
In the mid-1970s the Crescent was sold and Grady switched his focus to antique auctioneering and estate sales at the same time of maintaining the family farm in Brandon.
Marjorie died in 1992 and Grady continued to maintain his home until his death. In later years he helped load unit trains with grain at the elevator in Venango.
Grady was a member of the Grant American Legion. He had previously served on the Venango School Board. He enjoyed dancing, music, arrow head hunting, collecting and selling antiques and refinishing antique furniture. He avidly followed his son Jerome in his professional bull riding career an loved to watch the PBR. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.
Grady came to Grant on Saturday night, March 8, to eat supper and had finished his meal when he returned to his vehicle where he suffered an apparent heart attack. He was taken to the Perkins County Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He had reached the age of 86.
In addition to his wife, Graydon was preceded in death by a daughter, Marsha Robinson and his brother, Myron Robinson.
He is survived by his son, Jerome and his wife Dorya of Ft. Collins, Colo. and Ginger Robinson and her partner Kayla Olson of Salem, Ore.; one granddaughter, Amy and her husband Steve Russ of Erie, Colo.; one grandson, Riley Robinson-Moyer of San Francisco; two great-grandchildren, Saylor and Bohdy Russ; his sister, Patty and her husband Vern Couch of Sidney, Neb.; three nephews from the Couch family, Steve, Scott, and Gary and one niece, Shari Mintle; also a large and beloved extended family and many friends.
Cremation was chosen.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at the Grant United Methodist Church with Pastor Nora Mendyk officiating.
Burial of cremains will be in the Grant Fairview Cemetery with a flag presentation by Perkins County Veterans.
Bullock-Long Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.