Frank A. “Junior” Robeson Jr., passed away Tuesday morning, May 12, 2020, at MercyOne Newton Medical Center of sepsis. The Pence-Reese Funeral Home in Newton is entrusted with the arrangements. Burial will be in the Newton Union Cemetery. Memorials may be designated to Frank’s family, Jasper County Animal Rescue, Newton First United Methodist Church or the Newton Lions Club.
Frank Andrew Robeson Jr., 82, the son of Frank and Elise (Warner) Robeson Sr., was born Dec. 1, 1937, in Edison, Neb. He was the youngest of seven children. When he was one, the family moved to northwest Iowa. He was a graduate of the Aurelia Senior High School, Class of 1955.
In 1958, Frank was united in marriage with Peggy Bryant. They move to Newton in 1965. Peg passed away in 1991, of cancer. Frank was proud to be a welder all his adult life, first for Peoples Natural Gas, now Black Hills Energy, retiring in March 2000. Frank married Carla Babbitt in May of 1995. He was a member of the Newton First United Methodist Church, Newton Moose Lodge and Newton Lions Club. He enjoyed bowling in his younger years and had devoted his life to his wife and family. He was an avid fan of the Newton Cardinals, Iowa Hawkeyes and especially the Green Bay Packers. He and Carla loved to travel, especially the trip to Alaska, watching the Packers at Lambeau Field and wintering on the beach in Gulf Shores, Ala., for 15 years. He enjoyed visiting with family and friends, playing games and watching the waves roll in on the white sand.
Frank is survived by his wife, Carla; his children, Susan (Kevin) Eilders of Spartanburg, S.C., Julie (Tim) Moon of Newton, Amy Blankenship (Chad Mackerman) of Crescent; daughter-in-law, Lori Robeson of Omaha, Neb.; stepsons, Nick (April) Babbitt of Patterson, La., and Curt Babbitt (Kindra Stevenson) of Kellogg; his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; his sister, Shirley Simon of Sioux Rapids; several nieces and nephews; and many good neighbors and friends. Frank was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Peg; his son, Dick; granddaughter, Shelby Blankenship; great-granddaughter, Taylor Rice; and his five siblings.
Due to state and federal guidance on gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will be having a private visitation and funeral service, conducted by Pastor Paul Smith, Newton First United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be left for the family at pencefh.com.