Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Reginald Jack Robbins, WASP Flight Instructor

Reginald Jack Robbins, 87, of Conroe went west, in QB terms, on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010, as his heavenly Father called him home following complications from a fall. Graveside service: 2 p.m. Wednesday in Garden Park Cemetery with the Rev. John Singleton officiating.

Jack was born in Everman on June 18, 1923, to Gladys and Reg L. Robbins. After graduating from Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth, Jack attended Texas Tech until Pearl Harbor.

In 1942, he became a flight instructor for the Army Air Corps in Fort Stockton. In 1943, he married Kathryn Word, rose to the rank of flight commander instructing WASPs at Sweetwater, and then joined his father in the fledgling aviation business in Houston in 1944. The two of them were instrumental in formatting Houston Executive Air Service.

Jack retired in 1983 to travel, buried Kathryn in 1984, married Bobbie Hughes in 1985 and moved to Panorama Village in 1987 to play golf and relax. He was a 62-year member of Quiet Birdmen in Houston and Conroe Hangars, member of Park Place Masonic Lodge and Arabia Shrine Temple.

Survivors: Wife, Bobbie Robbins of Conroe; son, Robin B. Robbins; daughter, Rebecca Kay Carlson, both of Fort Worth; grandson, Heath Smith-Robbins of Deer Park; stepsons, Kevin and Kim Hughes, their wives, Cindie and Gayla, and their children, Kaitlyn, Evan, Chelsie and Lexi of Albuquerque, N.M.; and sister, Jeanene Connor of Wimberley.

Published in Fort Worth Star-Telegram on October 6, 2010

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