Cecil E. Robson passed away peacefully in his home in Billings early Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, surrounded by his family.
Cecil was born on July 17, 1930, in Roundup. He was raised on a ranch approximately 16 miles outside of Roundup. There, along with seven brothers and a sister, he grew to love the badlands of Montana, which, despite all his travels, called him back to the country he loved.
After attending high school in Roundup, Cecil enlisted in the Army in 1949. During that time, he trained as an engineer and traveled to several countries while stationed in England, earning a good conduct medal and the rank of corporal before his honorable discharge in September of 1952. Approximately two years later, Cecil married the love of his life, the late Revenna Hubble, in Malta on July 12, 1954. For almost a decade, they resided in several states while Cecil worked in the oil exploration industry. He eventually began working for the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service which led him to Glendive, where he spent over 25 years of his life raising his four children and pursing his passion for golf at the community course, where he was the Pro and gave instruction. He was also a member of the “Robson Hustlers” bowling team, where he won the Montana State open singles championship. After retiring from the government service, he continued working in the construction industry, traveling all over the western United States before pursuing a long held desire to live and work on a ranch near Columbus. For the last decade, Cecil has lived in Billings following the passing of his beloved wife Revenna. He continued to golf, play keno, hand and foot, visit with family and friends, camp and dream of catching “the big one” at the local fishing holes.
Cecil was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Anne Robson; and three brothers, Donald, Jackie and Jerry. He is survived by his children, Leslie Downing of Billings, Donald Robson of Las Vegas, Cheryl Robson and her husband Kurt Kulhman of Billings, Stacy Robson of San Francisco; his brothers, Bob (Carol) Robson, Chuck (Kay) Robson, Bernard Robson, Gary Robson and sister Patsy (Rick) LaPointe; three grandchildren, Nick (Darcy) Colbrese, Phil (Sarah) Colbrese, Sarah (Leon) Wilkerson; and three great-grandchildren, Morgan, Gage and Elias Colbrese.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.