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Harold Robinson

Memorial service for Harold Robinson, 82, Lawton, will be at 12:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, 2018, at Becker-Rabon Funeral Home Chapel.

A committal service with military honors will follow in Fort Sill National Cemetery.

Harold Robinson passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018. He was born in Cooper, Texas, on Sept. 22, 1935, to Lawrence Grady and Edith Lucille Robinson. At age 2, he and the family moved to Dallas and continued to reside there. After high school, Harold joined the U.S. Air Force in 1954 and was assigned to duty in San Antonio; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Anchorage, Alaska; Biloxi, Miss.; and Valdosta, Ga. His least favorite assignment was to a squadron at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, which had the responsibility for mortuary affairs for all military services in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The nature of those duties required long, unusual working hours and were emotionally straining. His most favorite assignment was Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, where he was a member of the Air Force Pistol Team, in which he participated in matches at military and civilian locations throughout the southeastern states. During this time, he achieved the highest NRA certification of Master. He also received a number of service and campaign ribbons prior to being discharged from the Air Force in 1966. 

Returning to Dallas after discharge, he went to work for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, which had recently relocated the New York headquarters to Dallas. His duties as a management engineer required traveling throughout the world. He would occasionally comment on being on 21 airplanes in 19 days as "no record but way above average." From Dallas, he was assigned to the Vietnam Regional Exchange in Saigon in 1968. He was reassigned back to Dallas in 1969 and then to Fort Sill as operations manager in 1973. He left AAFES and went to work at Cameron University in 1983, and he retired in 2008 after 25 years as director of CU Physical Facilities. 

He loved golf, flying airplanes and riding his motorcycle. He also took pride in having been a member of the City of Lawton Planning Commission and the Comanche County Industrial Development Authority. During his assignment to Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska, he met and married Barbara O'Bryan. From this union, two daughters and a son were born. He then married Freiddi Nickell in Plano, Texas, in 1999.

He is survived by his wife, of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law: Beverly and Randy Wilkinson and RenË and Cyp LaPorte; his son, Wendell Robinson; four grandchildren: Stacy Perry and husband, Nathan, and Kayla Wilkinson, Britney LaPorte and Nicholas LaPorte; three great-grandchildren: Emma, Addison and Brooklyn; two stepdaughters and their spouses: Crysti and Terry Brierton and Penny and Joe Lee; three step-grandchildren: Austin Brierton and wife, Kayla; Joe Bob Lee and wife, Sidney; and Collin Brierton; and two step-great-grandchildren, Hallie Jo and Kopelan Rhett Brierton.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, David.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. 

An online guestbook and sympathy cards are available at www.beckerfuneral.com.

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