Vernon D. Robison went home to be with the Lord on March 6, 2013. Vernon was the son of William F. and Sara Ann (Sanders) Robison. He was born July 29, 1924 in Salt Lake City, Utah. His parents were both natives of Colorado Springs and they returned here when Vernon was six weeks old.
Vernon is survived by his wife: Phyllis (Mace); his son: Stephen (Nadine) Robison; and a daughter: Gayle (Marcus) Caldwell. He has eight grandchildren: Jason (Dasha) Robison, Ryan (Kendra) Robison, Evan Robison, David (Jocelyn) Robison, Jacob (Kati) Robison, James (Melissa) Finn, Tammy (Alan) Cockrell, and Connor Caldwell; and nine great-grandchildren.
Vernon and Phyllis were married in August of 1949 in the First Presbyterian Church, which at that time was the old stone church since torn down to make way for the church that is in existence today. Vernon’s great-grandparents homesteaded at Table Rock in the Black Forest in 1871 and the family has lived in Colorado Springs ever since.
Vernon graduated from Colorado Springs High School (later Palmer) in 1942 and enlisted in the Navy in December of that year. He served aboard the destroyer escort USS Willis (395) in the Atlantic during World War 2 and was discharged in February of 1945. He went to Blair Business College for a year and then went on active duty in the Naval Reserves, serving as a station keeper at the Naval Reserve Training Center at Prospect Lake until 1951.
His father had established Robison Realty and in 1951, Vernon joined his father in the business. Vernon served as the chairman of the Traders Club of the Board of Realtors and on the Board of Adjustment. In 1962, he was awarded the Realtor Salesman of the Year trophy. He was active in the business until he retired in 1982.
Church was always an important part of Vernon’s life. He attended First Presbyterian Church regularly and served in the children’s Sunday School and as Deacon. In the later years of his life, he served by filling the pew pockets as long as he was able. It was a comfort to know that he is now enjoying being in the presence of his Lord.
A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou St., Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Pikes Peak Hospice, 2550 Tenderfoot Hill Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80906 or the Deacons’ fund at First Presbyterian Church, 219 E. Bijou Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903.