Murl L. Robison, 106, passed away surrounded by his family on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. He lived at his farm until his death of old age but with a very sharp mind. He was a proud member of “the greatest generation” and one of the last World War II veterans.
He was born on Sept. 2, 1916, in Columbus to Stacy (Bevan) and Ethel Mayhood Robison.
He married Helen Pyne Robison on Feb. 14, 1941, and they were lovingly married 62 years at the time of her death in 2003.
He proudly served in the U.S. Army from June 20, 1941, to Dec. 17, 1945. He served in the Pacific theater and fought at the battle of Leyte in the Philippines until the liberation of the Philippines. He served under Gen. Douglas MacArthur in the Philippines. Then he was one of the first soldiers to enter the bomb site of Nagasaki, Japan, to help with the occupation.
He was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, the Philippines Liberation Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal and Honorable Service Medal.
Murl returned from serving his country to his farm in Columbus and resided at his farm near Columbus until his death. He was a member of the United Methodist Church. He served on the Hallowell school board for years, helped form the Columbus co-op and the Cherokee County Hereford Association. He was a member of the American Legion, he loved to hunt quail and enjoyed every minute of being with his family.
He is survived by his sons, Murl D. “Bud,” Mark and Rob; a daughter, Marylee; grandchildren, Sheree, Shantel, Sharla, Marci, Jill, Scott, Eric and Nicole; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lois Crain.
Murl was preceded in death by his siblings, Purl (his identical twin), Vern, Glenn, Stacy, Bob, Fern Smith, Doris Holland and Ruby Dehart.
Brenner Mortuary in Pittsburg is handling the private family service with full military honors. Friends may sign the guest book from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Saturday through Thursday evening.
The family suggests memorials to Columbus United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice. These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. Fourth, Pittsburg, KS, 66762.
Friends may also leave online condolences at www.brennermortuary.com.