Charles Merrill “Mert” Robbins

Charles Merrill “Mert” Robbins, 86, of Creek Road in Busti, N.Y., passed away Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, at home.

Born in Jamestown, N.Y., on Nov. 20, 1931, he was the son of the late J. Jesse and Lucile (Lindberg) Robbins.

He served in the U.S. Navy in the Korean War, where he served as an aviation machinist third class from 1951-55. He married Shirley (Chadwick) Robbins, his wife of 62 years, whom he became engaged to on Feb. 12, 1955.

He was a member of the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association, the AMVETS Post 50 of Sugar Grove, the Celeron Legion, the Vikings, Lakewood Rod and Gun Club, the War Vets, the Celeron Moose and a lifetime member of the Busti Fire Department. He was an avid NASCAR Fan, enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time at their summer home at The Vikings. Mert will be remembered by his many friends as the BROOM MAN.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Jesse (Lorie) M. Robbins of Busti, N.Y.; two daughters: Terri L. Robbins of Sugar Grove, Pa., and Kellie (Dale) J. Johnson of Youngsville, Pa.; seven grandchildren: Nathan Dallas of Kannapolis, N,C., Cole Robbins of Busti, Jay Groves of Sugar Grove, Kelli Shagla of Sugar Grove, Alex Johnson of Youngsville, Christopher Johnson of Youngsville and Faith Johnson of Youngsville; six great-grandchildren, Nathalie, Raegon, Mikael, Halley, Nolan and Cooper.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an aunt, Leva Robbins; and an uncle, Clare Robbins.

Visiting hours will be held Friday from 5-7 p.m., and also on Saturday, February 17, from 11 a.m. until noon, at the Sugar Grove Branch of McKinney Funeral Homes and Cremation Services Inc., where a funeral service will follow at noon on Saturday. No graveside services will be held as burial will be private in Busti Cemetery.

In honor of his great grandson, Cooper Groves, memorials may be made to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation, 8085 Saltsburg Road, Suite 201, Pittsburgh, PA 15239, or the Chautauqua Lake Fishing Association, 9 E. Chadakoin Parkway, Celeron, NY 14720.

Mert would like to thank Charlie Doepp and Jim Curry from the Fish Club for being there for him at that meeting 15 years ago.