Jerry Robbins

WILMINGTON—Jerry Robbins, 73, of Wilmington, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 at Presence St. Joseph Medical Center in Joliet.
Born March 8, 1944 in Joliet, IL, Gerald Lee was a son of Gerald E. and Jane (Doyle) Robbins. He was raised in Wilton Township and graduated from Peotone High School with the Class of 1962. On Aug. 20, 1966, Jerry married Loretta M. Long in St. Patrick Catholic Church in Wilton Center, and together they made their home and raised their family in Florence Township.
Jerry farmed his entire life in Wilton and Florence Townships, and retired from Commonwealth Edison, Dresden Station. Following his retirement he worked for Florence Township. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the John Deere Two-Cylinder Club. Jerry was also a regular volunteer for Kuzma Care Cottage in Wilmington.
He was an avid antique tractor and car enthusiast, and could fix anything. Jerry collected scale models and enjoyed making his rounds through the countryside visiting with neighbors and friends. His greatest hobby was being a grandfather.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Loretta; children: Mike (Jennifer) Robbins of Morris, Steve (Janet) Robbins of Wilmington, Sue (Tom) Carroll of Barrington and Mark (Michelle) Robbins of Woodridge; (12) grandchildren: Jordan, Claire and Nolan Robbins, Steven, Holly, Noelle and Patrick Robbins, Colleen and Kate Carroll and Luke, Lily and Lexi Robbins; brother Jack (Linda) Robbins of Wilmington; sisters: Rosalie (the late John) Thatcher of Wilmington and Margaret (Arnie) Johnson of Manhattan; his step-mother, Doris Robbins of Peotone; mother-in-law: Loretta (the late Francis) Long of Manhattan, and sisters-in-law: Janet  (the late David) Robbins of Villa Park and Cathy (Paul) Engler of Manhattan, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Jerry was preceded by his parents; brothers: David, Ed and Richard in infancy, and sisters: Maxine and Mary Jan
The family will receive friends for a visitation on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 between the hours of 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. at Baskerville Funeral Home, 700 East Kahler Road in Wilmington.
Funeral services will follow Monday morning, Oct. 16, 2017, meeting at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 14936 West Wilmington-Peotone Road in Wilton Center at 10:00 a.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated with Reverend Sebastian Gargol.
Cremation rites will be accorded following the services, and a private family inurnment will be in Mt. Saint Patrick Cemetery in Wilton Center.
Preferred memorials may be made as gifts in Jerry’s memory to Kuzma Care Cottage, 635 S. Main Street, Wilmington, IL 60481.
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Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Baskerville Funeral Home in Wilmington.