Donald “Butch” Robbins

December 01, 1944 - March 25, 2017


Visitation: Family will greet visitors Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. prior to the service.
Service: His memorial service will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.

Butch Robbins pix0001    Donald “Butch” Robbins, 72, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Lennox Good Samaritan Society.  His memorial service will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at Anderson Funeral Home in Canton.  Family will greet visitors from 6 to 7:30 p.m. prior to the service.

          Butch was born December 1, 1944 in Canton, SD to Kenneth and Lana (Howard) Robbins.  He grew up and attended school in Canton.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and playing baseball with his friends.

          Butch joined the US Marines in 1963 and served in Okinawa, Japan, the Philippines, Hawaii, Hong Kong, and Vietnam.

          Over the years he worked in the construction and masonry business.  He worked for Al VanBeek in the Hawarden, IA area for many years before buying the business in 1986.  Butch owned and operated Robbins  Masonry and Construction for many years.   He was most recently known for his handyman skills around Canton, where he did carpentry work for many of his friends.  He enjoyed his daily walks and enjoyed visiting friends at “happy hour”.

          Survivors include two step-daughters- Heather (Kevin) Scruggs, Houston, TX and Tiffany Small-Brandt, Akron, IA; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; nephew Mike Robbins (Renee Douglas) and his two children Ryan and Hanna of Canton.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Norma Jean and brothers- Delmer, Eugene, Ronald, and Gary.

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  1. This is very sad news, indeed. I was so fond of Butch and he always had a smile for me. My sympathy to Mike and the rest of the family and his many friends. Butch was the kindest man.

  2. I would like to send my deepest condolences to all of my family in South Dakota.
    With sympathy,
    Christopher Robbins
    Grandson of Eugene Robbins

  3. So very sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Butch. You were my Dads (Eugene Dale Robbins) youngest brother and he always thought highly of you. I have special fond memories of visiting Canton S D and the family especially when we were much younger in the 50’s and 60’s, things seemed more innocent and the world less complicated and slower back in those days. Guess that’s what made visiting Canton and our family special. I remember when you joined the Marines and visited us a few times in CA. Uncle Butch, I will remember you had your own style and your own way about you which I thought was pretty cool and even though we lived in CA and didn’t see much of you over the later years you were always in our thoughts. With fond memories Rest in Peace Uncle and say hello to my Dad. Dale Kent Robbins

  4. My husband, Jim, was part of Butch’s “happy hour” gang. I am sure Butch, Jim, Mike, Ollie, and Donnue had quite the reunion. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.

  5. sorry my little Butch, sorry we did not see you the last time we were in Canton..I still have your baby picture that your mother sent us in Paris Fr .God be with you .Love from your sister in law Elaine

  6. So sorry to hear about uncle Butch. He will be missed by all of us. Always nice to think of all the good memories that you two shared. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love your sista Shannon and family