Tom battled COPD for ten years, but being fiercely independent, he remained in his own home until spending his last few hours in hospice.
Tom was born in Storm Lake on Aug. 2, 1937 to Marion and Marvel Johnson Robbins. He grew up in the Storm Lake-Alta area, graduating from Alta Highschool in 1955. He attended Tampa University and the University of South Dakota.
Tom spent the majority of his working years in the meat packing industry where he was active in the labor union. Tom championed workers' rights, especially regarding work related injuries and published a paper on that subject. He was passionate about politics and loved to debate. He was an avid reader and enjoyed working on cars and other mechnical equipment.
After retiring from Hygrade and Wilsons, Tom attended Kirkwood Community College earning associate degrees as a paralegal and in industrial automation.
Preceding him in death were his parents, beloved grandparents and several loving aunts and uncles. He is survived by sons Charles, Steve, and Dan, sisters Cindy Nelson and Lois Sutton, brother Artie Sutton, Stepfather Art Sutton, former wife Peggy Robbins, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Dan Robbins at 733 26th St, Des Moines, IA 50312.