1919 Leonard 2014

Leonard Robinson

July 30, 1919 — December 9, 2014

Dr. Leonard L Robinson was born July 30, 1919 in Englewood Colorado and lived a complete full life until his death, December 9, 2014. Dr. Robinson was known throughout the nation as a survivor of the Bataan Death March and a prisoner for three and a half years to the Japanese during World War II in a forced labor camp. This was only a small fraction of who he was. Before World War II he began a career as a semi-professional golfer. He had a degree in engineering, helping to design the ejection seat and a Doctorate of Theology through Northwestern University. However, he cannot be measured in the places he lived and the degrees he held, but by a life guided by principles, love and acts of kindness. Two main principles he held were that all people are made in the image of God and are to be treated with upmost dignity and secondly that each person has the right, obligation and liberty to find their own path with God. His love came through his ministry beginning in a Washington lumber camp, and formally ending in North Casper. In retirement he became the pastor of veterans, bikers, rodeo cowboys, the sick, and the common people of town. He loved his late wife Erma, his children Pam, Rob and Paula, his grandchildren Dale and Julie Chelewski and extended family Ray Chelewski and Jewell Taylor. His acts of kindness were shown in working with youth, convicts, homeless, veterans with trauma, sick, and all types of people. His great love of veterans was shown by volunteering to conduct any funeral for anyone who needed a minister. This was rewarded last month by a road at Oregon Trail Cemetery named in his honor. Funeral services for Leonard will be held at 1:30PM, Friday, December 12, 2014, at Emmanuel Baptist Church with Pastor Bruce Sell and Pastor Gary Skaggs officiating. Interment will follow at Oregon Trail State Veterans Cemetery in Evansville, WY with military honors being conducted by the Natrona County United Veterans Council and the Wyoming Army National Guard. Visitation will be held at Bustard's Funeral Home on, Thursday, December 11, 2014 from noon until 8:00PM. Leonard Robinson fought the good fight, he kept his faith, and made the world a better place. May he rest in peace.


Friday, December 12, 2014 1:30pm

Emmanuel Baptist Church

1125 East H Street

Casper, Wyoming


Thursday, December 11, 2014 12:00pm - 8:00pm

Bustard's Funeral Home

600 CY Avenue

Casper, Wyoming 82601

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