In Memory of James W ROBINETT

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James ROBINETT

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Service Date:   January 5, 2014, 10:00 am

Date of Birth:   November 12, 1924

Date of Death:   December 24, 2014

Service Type:   Funeral Service

Life Legacy:
James William Robinett, age 90, and 51-year resident of Des Moines Washington, died Wednesday morning, December 24, 2014 at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle. He is survived by his eight children, Cathleen Goetsch, David Robinett, Patrick Robinett, Jean Roscoe, Mary Moss, John Robinett, Donald Robinett, and Tina Taylor, 19 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, and by his brother Richard Robinett. Jim worked for many years in the aircraft industry as a stress and design engineer. He loved working in his garden, building furniture, carving wood and exploring state and national parks. He especially enjoyed the company of his many family members. His wife Carolyn, preceded him in death, December 19, 2013. Jim spent the last few years of his life living in Tacoma, under the loving care of his son and daughter-in-law, John and Thoung Robinett. Funeral services will be held at St Philomena Catholic Church in Des Moines, WA on Monday, Jan 5, 2015, at 10:00 am; a reception follows. Viewing and family receiving will start at 9:00 am. Donation in his memory can be made to Pregnancy Aid, 730 S. 225 St., Des Moines, WA 98198.

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" One if my fond memories as a child was of Dad reading poetry to us. this was a favorite of his that became a favorite of mine. High Flight by John Magee Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunwards I’ve climbed and joined the tumbling mirth Of sun-split clouds – and done a thousand things You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there, I’ve chased the shouting wind along and flung My eager craft through footless halls of air, Up, up the long delirious burning blue I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace, Where never lark, or even eagle, flew; And, while with silent, lifting mind I’ve trod The high untrespassed sanctity of space, Put out my hand, and touched the face of god. "
- Cathy Robinett Goetsch

"I met the family in 1973. Jim was a second dad to me. They all made me feel part of the family, they helped me out in many many ways. Jim took the time to show me how to use woodworking tools, which I have continued to this day. I am so very proud to know Jim Carolyn and the whole family. God bless you and Happy Trails Jim say hi to Mom for me Love Dave"
- Dave Wike

"There are two thing I cherish as learning from dad is His love of children (us, his grandkids, great-grandkids). Anytime children visited him - it brought a smile to his face. His unconditional love. He was always willing to help us and others when needed without questions or judgement. He was also a role model of a liberated man: he could took care of kids, including changing diapers; he cooked, cleaned the house, did laundry and planted flowers. He taught his sons it was not only acceptable for a man to do this, it was expected. He also taught his daughters to do yard work, maintain their cars, and typically male chores. I know his kids appreciated it, but his daughters/sons-in-law appreciate it even more! "
- David Robinett

"There are two thing I cherish as learning from dad is His love of children (us, his grandkids, great-grandkids). Anytime children visited him - it brought a smile to his face. His unconditional love. He was always willing to help us and others when needed without questions or judgement. He was also a role model of a liberated man: he could took care of kids, including changing diapers; he cooked, cleaned the house, did laundry and planted flowers. He taught his sons it was not only acceptable for a man to do this, it was expected. He also taught his daughters to do yard work, maintain their cars, and typically male chores. I know his kids appreciated it, but his daughters/sons-in-law appreciate it even more! "
- David Robinett

"Good by my friend--I have known you for 80 years. Your gave me my dear friend Carolyn. After you were married your family spent a lot of time with Jerry and I. You and Jerry really enjoyed visiting together. Our Families always enjoyed our family times together. To all my Nieces, Nephews and their families -- we will all miss him. Love Norma"
- Norma Robinett

"Farewell Dad. Rest in peace."
- Patrick Robinett

"Jim was born nine months after Mom and Dad were married. I was born on their twentieth wedding anniversary. The middle brother, Jerry, was born twelve months after Jim. Because they were so much older, I'm not sure when I first realized I had brothers because I can't remember them ever living at home. We lived on a farm with no other children nearby. So the biggest thrill for me when they came to visit was having other kids to play with. When I was a teen, Jim left an enlarger and contact printer for me to use. That resulted in my setting up a darkroom and learning to process my own pictures. It has been my main hobby for over fifth years. I made the change to digital photography several years ago and now "process" my pictures on a computer. I am glad Jim left me that equipment with because photography has given me many years of pleasure and relaxation. Jim and Jerry's kids are closer to me in age and sometimes I have felt more like their sibling, but I have never felt a stronger sense of being family than my time spent with Jim and Jerry. Their homes always felt like home to me."
- Richard Robinett

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