Richard Orville Robbins, 95
Richard Orville Robbins, 95, died on Sept. 19, 2012 in Harwich, Mass. He lived in Wilton for 47 years; from June 1965 until July of this year.
Born on Feb. 20, 1917, in Prescott, Ariz., he was the son of the late Robert M. and Virginia Hite Robbins.
He graduated from Arizona State College in 1941 with a degree in education. During his college years, he learned to fly through a special United States government flight program and enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He was a primary flight instructor for Southwest Airways, which had a contract with the Army Air Corps to train pilots for the allied forces.
In December 1944, he was hired by American Airlines. He flew for that company until 1977, when he retired as a captain on the DC-10.
Mr. Robbins is survived by his wife of 54 years, Shirley Dyer Robbins. He leaves three children: a daughter, Marian Reich, of Scottsdale, Ariz., and two sons, Richard Robbins of Galva, Kans., and Robert Robbins of Celebration, Fla.; and four grandchildren: Dane and Steven Reich and Jonathan and Natalie Robbins. One brother, Thomas M. Robbins, of Prescott, survives him. Two brothers, Robert and Theodore, predeceased him.
A graveside service will take place in Prescott.