Dan Robison, 88, of Wichita, KS passed away peacefully on Friday August 19, 2022 in Jupiter, Florida surrounded by his loving family. His legacy lives on through his wife Sondra, their three children and grandchildren.
Dan was born April 10, 1934 in Barnard, MO to Virgil and Lucile Robison. In his early years, Dan’s family moved to Kansas, where he attended Topeka High School. An avid musician and athlete, Dan played trumpet for the high school band and was captain of the varsity basketball team. His accomplishments and friendly demeanor earned him the title of King of the All School Party. His success on the basketball court was rewarded with a personally written letter from Phog Allen inviting him to play for the University of Kansas freshman team. After a year at KU, Dan returned home when his father died, where he continued his athletics and education at Washburn University. Love came knocking on his door in his senior year when he met Sonnie Tate (Sondra), who became his wife and the love of his life for 66 years.
His love for Sondra coincided with his love for his country when he entered the United States Air Force in 1954 after graduating from Washburn’s ROTC program with a commission as a second lieutenant. , becoming a pilot. Dan’s fondest aviation memories are his years flying the B-47 bomber along the East Coast and later commanding his own aircraft for trips with family and friends. After 6 years as a Captain in the Air Force, Dan began his post-military banking career at First National Bank in Hutchinson, KS. Soon after, he accepted an offer of a career change to become director of the Hutchinson Clinic, a position he held for 20 years. His years in healthcare also included leadership positions at the Cotton-O’Neil Clinic in Topeka, KS, and physician recruitment at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, KS. Additionally, Dan held several political roles during his time in Hutchinson, including serving as the town’s mayor.
Although Dan has held many titles throughout his life, his favorite was “Dad”. Dan and Sondra raised three children; Dan Jr., D’Ambra and Jon. They brought a lot of joy and laughter into his life and he was always there to watch the many ball games, dance recitals and music concerts, never failing to tell them how proud he was even at the adulthood.
In retirement, Dan and Sondra were able to do what Dan loved most, spending time with family and friends. He spent 5 years in England, alongside his son, Dan, Jr., helping to start a European telephone company. He never stopped talking about his love for the English countryside and the occasional 5am lager at the local pub. Retirement also brought Dan to Topeka, where he got to see his beautiful granddaughters, Morgan and Katelyn Gray, grace the halls of his high school alma mater. He was very proud of them, telling everyone about his smart and successful young granddaughters, and they adored their “daddy”. Dan’s daughter, D’Ambra, and her husband, Martin, shared those moments in Topeka with Dan and Sondra, where they shared many Thanksgiving meals and Saturday trips to Lawrence to watch “other true love from Dan – the Kansas Jayhawks. Dan and Sondra also spent much of their retirement years in Florida, hanging out at Jon’s house in Fort Lauderdale and watching the yachts cruise the Intracoastal Waterway. Dan loved the Florida life; palm trees and ocean breeze. He loved being in Florida with his “boys”, which also included his handsome and talented grandson Brody. Not only was his family and his wife his priority, Dan was a true believer and servant of the Lord. His years in Topeka, Hutchinson, and Wichita were filled with memories of countless church friends and time spent in his Christian faith, as a song leader, volunteer missionary, elder, and board member of the Christian charity His Helping Hands.Dan lived his life as his Christian faith taught him; love God, his family and be a friend to all. Dan refused to say a negative word about others and was a happy, positive, jovial, kind and gentle soul to everyone he met.
Dan is survived by his wife, Sondra; his sons Dan, Jr. (Jan) of Jupiter, FL and Jon of Ft Lauderdale, FL; his daughter D’Ambra (Martin), of Topeka, KS; his grandchildren Morgan Gray, Katelyn Gray and Brody Robison. Also survived by his brother Gene Robison of Springfield, Mo.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, September 12 at the Chapel of Central Christian Church, 2900 N Rock Rd., Wichita, KS 67226. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the following:
His Helping Hands 1441 E 37th St North, Wichita, KS 67219
Central Christian Church Encouragement Class, 2900 N Rock Rd., Wichita, KS 67226
Dove Cremations and Funerals Southwest Chapel is helping the family.
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Posted on September 03, 2022
Published in Topeka Capital Journal, Hutchinson Daily News
Central Christian Church Chapel 2900 N Rock Road Wichita, KS 67226
September 12, 2022 at 2:00 p.m.