William B. Robinson III, (Bill), 76, of Green Bay WI, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 12, 2023, at Alpha Senior Concepts in Howard, WI.
Bill was born on 12/15/1946 in Evanston, IL, the only child of the late William B. Robinson Jr. and Virginia (Neverman) Robinson.
Bill grew up in Wilmette, IL. While recuperating from a childhood illness, Bill began his lifelong hobby of collecting stamps. As a teen, Bill enjoyed playing in various jazz combos. He was gifted at the piano, saxophone, and clarinet. His band, the Dixie Rebels, played multiple paid gigs at the local country club during his high school years. He also enjoyed working on cars as a high schooler.
After graduating from New Trier High School in 1964, Bill ventured north to Appleton, WI to attend Lawrence University where he majored in Geology. He was active in Greek life and had fond memories and lifelong friendships with his fraternal brothers in Sigma Phi Epsilon.
While at Lawrence, Bill took a part time job off campus at Voecks’ Brothers Grocery store where he became good friends with Mike Scheid and took more than a passing interest in Mike’s twin sister, Patricia. Bill graduated from Lawrence in the spring of 1968. On December 14, 1968, Pat and Bill wed at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton, WI.
After college, Bill quickly put his Geology degree to work at Soil Testing Services where he did quality control work on the new nuclear plant being constructed on the lake shore. He grew tired of the long hours and decided to get his teaching certificate. In the Fall of 1970, Bill started his teaching career with the Green Bay Board of Education. He spent most of his 30+ year career teaching Math and Science at Vincent T. Lombardi Middle School on the West Side.
Bill and Pat settled in Ashwaubenon, WI where they built their family home that they would share for 50 years. They lovingly welcomed son Will and daughter Trisha. Bill loved spending time with his family. He and Pat loved planning summer trips with the children and attending their sporting events and school functions.
With his summers free Bill refused to lay idle. He spent many summers as a house painter and construction worker. He eventually became interested in real estate and started rehabbing old houses and turning them into rental properties. In his twenty plus year career as a landlord, he amassed seven rental properties including over a dozen apartments.
Bill never lost interest in stamp collecting. He also became interested in postal history. After settling down in Green Bay, he joined the Green Bay Stamp Club, the Badger State Postal History Society, and the Wisconsin Philatelic Society. He was also honored as a 50-year member of the American Philatelic Society. He later became a stamp dealer and certified appraiser. His stamp dealer career spanned forty plus years. He held over one hundred public auctions of philatelic materials and operated a store in Beacon Center for over twenty years.
Before retiring from teaching Bill and Pat found the cottage on the lake, they always dreamed of in Three Lakes, WI. It was big enough to host lots of friends and family, old enough that Bill could joyfully tinker with its upkeep and remote enough that he could swiftly disappear for a hike in the woods.
Bill is survived by his wife of 54 years, Patricia, son Will (Laurie) Robinson of Gulf Shores, AL, daughter Trisha Robinson and grandson Cole Haeuser of Weyauwega, WI and first cousin Jo Falls of Tucson, AZ. He will be remembered for his faith, his sense of humor, his warmth and never-ending smile.
A memorial service will be held Monday September 25, 2023, at 4:00 pm at The Lyndahl Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1350 Lombardi Avenue, Green Bay. Visitation will occur from 2:00 pm until the time of service at 4:00 pm.
To view a livestream of the service follow the attached Facebook link that will be available for viewing at 3:50 pm on the day of the service: https://www.facebook.com/lyndahlfuneralhome
Condolences can be left for the family visiting www.lyndahl.com
In lieu of flowers or a memorial fund, please consider a donation to ALZ.org in Bill’s honor.
The family would like to express their gratitude to all the caregivers at Alpha Senior Concepts, and Moments Hospice. He was comfortable and at peace in his residence.