Warren Graydon Robeson, 90, passed away peacefully at his residence in Bella Vista Senior Living, Mesa, Ariz., on July 4, 2014. He was born on Aug. 18, 1923, to Graydon Earl Robeson and Mildred Mae Smith Robeson. A family celebration of life service will be held at a later date.
He married the love of his life, Dorothy Mae Martin (Dot), on April 16, 1943, while he was stationed in Granada, Miss., in the Army. She preceded him in death in October, 2012. They had been married for more than 69 years.
They were the proud parents of five children, all surviving: Sherry (Bob) Parrish, Patty (Chuck) Moore, Bobbi (Andy) Musel, Jan (Randy) Stalzer and Rich (Amy) Robeson. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. He often said he was most proud of his children's love for one another. Warren is also survived by his brother, Bill (Betty) Robeson, of Keller, Texas.
Warren Graydon Robeson
He served his county during World War II, where he was a Staff Sergeant, stationed at Fort Ord in Monterey, Calif. After the war, Warren and Dot moved back to Iowa where he worked 40 years in the newspaper business, first at the Tama News Herald, then as sports editor of the Marshalltown Times-Republican, and the last 31 as city editor there.
He was an avid sports fan, playing tennis for 70 years, the last several at the Sun Lakes Cottonwood Tennis Club. During his newspaper career, he campaigned for public tennis courts in Marshalltown, chronicled the brief movie career of Marshalltown native Jean Seberg, and promoted the Iowa AAU basketball tournament held in Marshalltown for more than a quarter century. He also enjoyed officiating high school and college football games and coaching flag football for youngsters. He played on two conference champion football teams in high school and was runner-up for the conference singles tennis title.
He had been a member of the American Legion, Sons of the American Revolution, the Central Iowa Stamp Club and the Marshalltown Tennis Association.
A memorial scholarship fund for the Dorothy and Warren Robeson Memorial Scholarship has been established at Marshalltown Community College. Contributions payable to the Robeson Memorial Scholarship Fund may be sent to Sheryl Robeson Parrish, 3986 Durango Drive., Pensacola, FL 32504.