Manley A. Robbins Jr., of West Washington Street, Corry, Pa., died Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, at his residence.
He was born May 21, 1926, in Corry, Pa., a son of the late Manley A. and Mary Jordon Robbins Sr.
Manley was raised and educated in Corry. At the age of 17, just three months shy of graduation, Manley enlisted into the United States Navy as an Armed Guard on merchant marine ships protecting the convoys carrying supplies. He served in the Atlantic and South Pacific Theaters during WWII.
After his honorable discharge, he returned to Corry where he worked for a short time at Ajax Iron Works before working for Corry Jamestown Corporation. He was an inspector there and was active in the Union. He retired in 1998, after 45 years with the company.
He was also co-owner of the Corry Ambulance Service for many years.
In 2008, he and several other local Veterans were presented with their high school diplomas from Corry Area High School, in honor of them leaving school early to serve in the military during WWII.
Manley was a member of the Corry Central Labor Club, Loyal Order of Moose Corry Lodge 98, Corry VFW Post 264 and Corry American Legion Post 365. He also was a member of the Civil Defense and an Odd Fellow. Manley volunteered and was on the board of directors of the Corry Food Pantry and a board member of the Corry Jamestown Credit Union.
In his younger years, Manley enjoyed playing on softball leagues. He also enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and spending time in his garage.
In addition to his parents, Manley was preceded in death on Dec. 30, 2012, by his wife Betty K. Sherwood Robbins, whom he married on Jan. 3, 1942, in Corry, Pa.; a sister, Marcelaine Buetikoffer; a brother, Wesley Robbins in infancy; and a granddaughter, Samantha Kyli Slye.
Manley is survived by four daughters, Mary Buell and husband Lance, Kathy Slye and her husband Bruce and Cindy Sawyer and her husband Tom all of Corry, Pa., and Vicki Forness of Florida; two sons, Sam Robbins and his wife Charlene of Austin, Texas, and John Robbins and his wife Ann of Corry, Pa.
Also surviving are many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Manley worked hard to care for his wife and kids, and was there to help in any way he could. He commented many times how lucky and blessed he was to have such a loving wife and children that he was very proud of. Our family will miss him greatly and remember him for the strong, dependable man that he was, we were all truly blessed and thankful that he was our dad and grandfather.
Family and friends may call at Bracken Funeral Home, 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa., on Thursday from 11 a.m. until noon.
Funeral services will be held privately by family.
Due to CDC regulations face masks and social distancing will be required.
Memorials may be made to the Corry Food Pantry, P.O. Box 236, Corry, PA 16407.
To sign the guest book or send condolences, please visit www.brackenfh.com.