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Roger Robb

Roger William Robb, 85, of Industry, Ill., formerly of New York Mills, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2009, in Tulsa, Okla., while he was en route to a grandson's wedding in Texas.

He was born in Compton Township in 1924 to William and Ella (Kautz) Robb. He graduated from Wadena High School in 1941 and attended Bemidji State University before entering the Navy in 1943. He was commissioned as a naval aviator in 1944 and served on the USS Raleigh. He retired from the Navy on July 1, 1964, with the rank of lieutenant commander. He married Francis Barmus on June 8, 1946 in Scranton, Pa. After retiring from the Navy, he returned to completing education in mathematics at the University of Scranton. He taught in several high schools in Pennsylvania, before buying a farm in the New York Mills area. On Jan. 2, 2003, he married Ila Stinar and since that time he has spent time in New York Mills and in Industry, Ill.

Memorial services will be held for will be held at a later date. Arrangements are provided by the Karvonen & Son Funeral Home in New York Mills. Online condolences may be sent to

Survivors include his wife, Ila of Industry, Ill.; three sons, Randolph W. Robb of San Rafael, Calif.; Roger W. Robb II and Richard W. Robb both of Mt. Pleasant, Mich.; a brother, Thomas (Phyl) Robb of Isle, Minn.; three sisters, Marjorie Robb of New York Mills, Marion Horstmon of Port Angeles, Wash., and Lou (Howard) Legried of New York Mills; four grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother and his wife, Clyde and Francis Robb.