Gary Dean “Merf” Robbins, 73, of Pierceton, passed away at 10:44 a.m. Sunday, May 12, 2019, at his home.

He was born on May 4, 1946, in Warsaw, to Roswell and Alice Johnston Robbins.

He graduated in 1964 from Sidney High School and enlisted in the United States Marines Corps and served from Nov. 6, 1965, through Nov. 5, 1971. He lived most of his life in the Pierceton area and lived in the house he built for his family.

He was married on June 30, 1973, in Pierceton, to Carol D. English, who survives.

He retired on Oct. 6, 2017, from Zimmer Inc. as a tool and die manufacturer after 42 years, and was formerly a truck driver for Monarch Industries in Syracuse.

He was a member of the New Beginnings Church and World Outreach in Winona Lake and the American Legion Post 258 in Pierceton.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed working with his hands, the outdoors, and was an avid morel mushroom hunter.

He is survived by loving wife of 45 years, Carol Robbins of Pierceton; three sons: Adam (Maureen) Robbins of Mount Juliet, Tenn.; Aaron (Angie) Robbins of Pierceton; and Alan (Summer Dornick) Robbins of Bourbon; five grandchildren: Avery, Alex, Dalton, Karver and Ashlynn; his great-granddaughter, Hazel; sister, Brenda (Denny) Laffoon of Fort Wayne; and brother, Bill (Diana) Robbins of Morrison, Colo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Connie Bowers; and brother, Stanley Robbins.

A celebration of life gathering will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Pierceton American Legion, 104 N. First St., Pierceton.

A private family military burial will take place at the Hillcrest Cemetery in Pierceton, with Pastor Ronnie Patrick officiating.

Cremation Services of Kosciusko County, Warsaw, is in charge of all arrangements.

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Memorials to the New Beginnings Church and World Outreach, P.O. Box 913, Warsaw, IN 46581; or Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice, P.O. Box 1196, Warsaw, IN 46581.

To send condolences to the family of Gary “Merf” Robbins, visit www.cremationserviceskc.com.