Christopher James Robinson

Christopher James Robinson, 76, of Parsons died at 1:55 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, at the University of Kansas Medical Center at Kansas City with his stepson, Scott Harding, and his stepson’s fiancé, Karen, at his bedside.

He was born April 22, 1944, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, a son of John Herbert and Edna Doris May (Graham) Robinson. He attended school at Shore Preparatory and after graduation spent the next years working as an accountant for a plumbing company. 

While living in Australia, Chris loved spending time riding motorcycles with his club and was very accomplished on the flat track circuit — motorcycle racing with no brakes. He also enjoyed spending time with his many mates at the pub and the beach.

In March 1975 at 31 years of age Christopher came to America and met his soon-to-be bride, Patricia Rush Prest. Chris and Patty married in October 1975. He began working for Grandview Products in May 1976. During the next eight years he worked full-time and attended college at night, graduating from Pittsburg State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with a minor in information technology. He continued working in those capacities and served as treasurer on Grandview’s board of directors for many years.  

After a 20-year marriage, Chris and Patty divorced in 1996, and he married Mary L. Harding in June of that year. He and Mary enjoyed 24 years together.    

Chris retired from Grandview Products in 2009, and he and Mary had been enjoying their retirement years. He made three trips back to Australia during his years in Kansas and loved hosting his Aussie mates when they would come to America to visit.

Chris proudly became an American citizen in 2003 and loved living in this country. He was a man of many talents and interests, and one of his loves was playing golf, which he did at every opportunity. Chris excelled at many things and was a very accomplished woodworker. He was an avid reader and also loved many genres of music from the Beatles to classical music. He could easily do anything he set his mind to, and if he was unsure of how to accomplish a task, he would read a book and figure it out. He will be remembered for his kind nature and being a true gentleman.  

Survivors include his wife, Mary Robinson of the home; a stepdaughter, Carol Simpson and her husband, Gordon, of Parsons; three stepsons, Mark Harding of Parsons, Doug Harding and his wife, Shelli, of Sidney, Maine, and Scott Harding and his fiancé, Karen, of Parsons; a niece, Victoria Robinson of Sydney, Australia; a nephew, Benjamin Robinson of Sydney, Australia; and many stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Michael J. Robinson; and a stepgrandson, Zachary Harding.

The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home with Pat McReynolds officiating. Inurnment will be in Oakwood Cemetery at a later date. Friends may call at the funeral home at their convenience.

Memorials are suggested to Wesley United Methodist Church or to the Proud Animal Lovers Shelter and may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS 67357.

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