John D. Robson

John D. Robson

BROOKLYN – Living his life with humor until the last moment, John D. Robson, age 59 of Brooklyn, died on Monday, May 21, 2012, of complications due to heart disease. He was born in Viroqua, the son of Odean and Charlotte (Tunks) Robson.

He graduated from Oregon High School in 1970 and then served in the U.S. Army with the 82nd Airborne Division from 1970-1972. In 1973 he married his high school sweetheart, Debbie (Waefler) and they enjoyed nearly 39 years of life adventures. He was handy with a capital “H” and was trained as an electrician. He was employed with his father-in-law, Walter Waefler Builders and then later with MidCentral Electric for 28 years. He took a career segue from 1978-1982 and travelled throughout Wisconsin installing wind power systems culminating with the construction of a wind farm in Hawaii. John was very proud of his two sons and showed it in quiet ways. He took great pride and comfort in seeing them graduate from college and embark on successful lives. Although he had hobbies he enjoyed with long-time friends such as musky fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and golfing, some of his happiest times were spent at home. He enjoyed mowing his yard, planting trees and making his world-class barbequed ribs. His garage was a personal refuge and a space where he found peace and joy in creating gifts for family and friends. John was a simple man in the best sense of the word. He loved laughter, teasing people and working hard. Even during his time of illness, he encouraged others to laugh and the sound of that laughter was some of his best medicine.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie; sons, Cody (Amy) of San Jose, Calif. and Taylor of Milwaukee; father, Odean of Viroqua; sisters, Rita (Bruce) Knox, Donna (Gary) Disch and Robin (Tom) Simpson. He was a beloved uncle to both his family as well as close friends and had a special bond with his nieces. His mother, Charlotte and two dear friends preceded him in death.

A celebration of John’s life will be held at PEOPLE’S UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 103 Alpine Parkway, Oregon, at Noon on Saturday, June 9. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

John touched many lives during this last chapter of his life. Thank you to those who walked with him including the physicians, nurses and other caregivers at St. Mary’s Outpatient Center, St. Mary’s Hospital and The Dialysis Center.

Memorials can be made in John’s name to St. Mary’s Foundation, Dialysis Center, 700 S. Park St., Madison, WI 53515 or at