Billy Eugene Robinson, former Vandalia resident, died May 1, 2013 at his home in Dalles, Ore.
He was born May 15, 1926 in Vandalia, Mo. to Andrew and Lora Robinson.
Bill left Vandalia when he was 16 or 17 to work in the shipyards in Portland, Ore. until he was old enough to join the Army.
He was stationed in Fort Lewis, Wash.
After the Army, Bill returned to Portland to attend barber school.
In 1950, he moved to Hood River, Ore. and married his wife, Shirley. He worked in a barber shop there.
In 1956, he opened Bill’s Barber Shop and barbared there until he retired in 1990.
During his retirement years he canoed in every major river east of the Mississippi, hiked the entire Pacific Crest Trail, parts of the Appalachian Trail, visited Mexico several times, taught himself how to read music and play the mandolin, and build his last house at age 70.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Shirley,; his daughter Sue and husband Alan; grandchildren Branden, Jennifer, Jodie, Jenny, and Christie and their spouses.
Fifteen great-grandchildren, all of Ore.; his sister, Helen Moore and brother-in-law Carl; brother-in-law Vernon Moore of Vandalia, Mo.; niece, Deborah Hillsabeck; nephews, Bill, Bob, Stephen, Ronnie Moore, Roy and Rex Moore, Gary, Mark, and Doug Wood, and their spouses and families.
He was preceded in death by his son, Del Robinson, sisters Ruth Moore and Betty Wood, brother Roy Robinson, and parents Andrew and Lora Robinson.