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Neil Robinson was a man of integrity and lived a simple consistent life. In his full 56 years, he was ever ready for his final day on earth, looked forward to Heaven, and daily lived his life in a way that reflected his faith and values.
Neil died suddenly of a heart attack on November 10th while enjoying one of his favorite recreations, playing basketball with friends.
As a servant of the Lord, "his life was his message."
Neil's family fondly remembers and embraces his legacy of servanthood, loyalty, acceptance of others, patience and consistency.
Neil was born May 14, 1952 in St. Thomas, ND. He greatly honored his parents Marvin and Doris Robinson who instilled in him from a young age the values of a hard days work, love of the land, and appreciation for the simple life.
Neil married the love of his life May 18, 1974. They were best friends, "cheerleaders," and advocates for each other. Throughout their married life they shared their love of the Lord, of their family, and of nature.
Neil and Laurie's three children, Aaron, Heather and Carson, were a constant source of pride and joy, as well as his son-in-law Justin and daughter-in-law Michelle. His children appreciated any time spent with him, sitting around a campfire, watching cartoons, playing cards and chess, shooting hoops, hunting, fishing, and traveling. He was looking so forward to becoming a first-time grandpa in May.
One of his truly special, non-negotiable events was his annual fishing trip with his sons and friends.
Neil loved going to work every day as a financial representative for Edward Jones and was genuinely interested in those he served. His work was an extension of his core belief system.
Among the ways in which he expressed his servanthood was in supporting the work of the Women's Pregnancy Center and using his hands and feet to serve at Faith Evangelical Free church as needed.
Neil is survived by his wife, Laurie, children Aaron of Toulouse, France, Heather (Justin) Johnson, and Carson (Michelle), Grand Forks; his mother Doris Robinson, Grand Forks; brothers Dave (Linda), Grand Forks; Myles (Cindy), St. Thomas, ND, Curt (Nancy), Vermillion, SD, Todd (Yvonne), Prior Lake, MN, and sister Roxanne (Brad) Strand, Fargo, ND and several nieces and nephews. His first grandchild will be born in May.
Neil was preceded in death by his father, Marvin.
It is the desire of the family to invite you to be a part of the celebration of Neil's life. Visitation will be Friday at the church from 5:30-7 pm with a prayer service at 7 pm. The funeral service will be at 10:30 am Saturday morning, November 15, 2008 at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Grand Forks.
Memorials will be directed to two of Neil's favorite ministries, Campus Crusade for Christ and the Women's Pregnancy Center.
The Bilden Funeral Home of Northwood is in charge of arrangements.
Our sincere condolences to your family. My wife and I were shocked when we receive the news of Neil's passing via mail from Putnam today. Thanks to Neil, I was able to begin investing as a young UND graduate in 1996. He was there to guide me every step of the way. Because of him and his attention and care, I didn't even think twice about switching investment advisors. He was a class act gentleman in every sense of the word. May God be with you and your family at this time. Derik and Amy Gilbertson
Derik and Amy Gilbertson Nov 24 2008 12:00 AM
Robinson Family, I am sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in our prayers during this difficult time. I pray that God will comfort you and put his arms around you as he leads you. Steph
Stephanie Schott-Myogeto Nov 22 2008 12:00 AM
Dear Lori and family, Our hearts were so saddened to hear about Neal. Even though I only met Neal a few times, I knew he was a man of great character and a follower of Jesus because of the way Curt and Nancy talked of him over the years! And also by the wonderful things I heard about your children! "The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me!" May you rest in the truth that God is loving and good and completely in control of every detail of our lives! With deepest sympathy, Russ and Tracy (Jensen) Mancino
Russ and Tracy Mancio Nov 22 2008 12:00 AM
Tonight (11/21) we learned about Neil's sudden passing. Even though we have been away from Grand Forks for the past 12 years, we could never leave the comfort and security that Neil provided us through the investments he started with Mike over 16 years ago. I remember the precious time that I spent teaching and coaching your beautiful and awesome children while working at Red River High School. May the loving arms of all your family and friends surround you with strength, comfort, and faith that God will uphold your family during this tragic time.
Mike and Denae (Niederbaumer) Stuber Nov 21 2008 12:00 AM
We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts & prayers are with your family during this difficult time.
Fred, Betty, & Debi Born Nov 18 2008 12:00 AM
Laurie and family, we were so shocked to hear of Neil's death. Christy saw it in the paper and had to skip down to the family part because she couldn't believe what she saw. We are so very sorry that this world has lost such a special man. He will never be replaced by anyone. Upon hearing the news we immediately thought of his kindness to our dog, Patsy, who he would stop by and take with him on his runs here in Devils Lake. He said she helped him keep his pace. No words can express the sadness but we know your memories will serve you great comfort for years to come. God bless you all at this sad time. Love, the McGarveys, Kathy, Skip and Brian
Kathy, Skip & Brian McGarvey Nov 18 2008 12:00 AM
We were so saddened to hear about Neil's death. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Tony and Lara Prozinski Nov 17 2008 12:00 AM
Jeff and I were very saddened to learn of the passing of Neil so suddenly. He has been our financial advisor for nearly 10 years and although we only knew him in that capacity, we will sincerely miss his warm smile and the personal attention he gave to us as his clients. He was someone we trusted and he was always upbeat and genuine. Whenever I met with him as a client, besides discussing financial business, he always asked me about any new projects I was working on. I still remember the last time a saw and spoke to Neil. We ran into each other at Menards in July and he asked "What are you up to?" I told him I was picking up supplies for a pergola we were finishing up. He got a huge grin on his face and said "We're thinking of building one of those". We will truly miss him. Our hearts and thoughts are with his family and friends.
Vicki Stolz & Jeffrey Millar Nov 17 2008 12:00 AM
Heather and Justin - Know that we are praying for you and your whole family during this time of sudden loss and grief. May the Lord be present in this for each of you and may he comfort you in the midst of the questions and the adjustment. We wish we could have been with you this past weekend - know that you are with you in Spirit. Love - Brian, Heather and Brendan Bauer
Brian and Heather Bauer Nov 17 2008 12:00 AM
We're so sorry. We mourn your loss with you. Yet we also celebrate with you the life Neil lived and the eternal life he'll live forever in God's presence!
Matt & Laura Kvernen Nov 17 2008 12:00 AM