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Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242


John David Robinson from Mammoth Spring, Arkansas was reunited with his wife, Marlene, in Heaven, seven days after her death. He died on April 15, 2024, while walking to his turkey blind on his farm. He was 85 years old.

John David was born on April 17, 1938, in Many Islands, Arkansas. He was the youngest of four children born to Grover and Ruby Robinson. The family moved to Mammoth Spring where he was introduced to Marlene by his friend Bill Russell. He was united in marriage to Marlene Reeves on June 3, 1959, at the First Baptist Church in Mammoth Spring.  The couple have two girls, Monica Gail, and Kathryn. John and Marlene were married for 64 years.

John David worked as a carpenter before he was hired at the Mammoth Spring National Fish Hatchery until he retired January 3, 1995, after 29 plus years. He could raise just about any kind of fish and kept Spring River stocked with Bass, Crappie, Tiger Muskie, etc. He was instrumental in raising Stripers for lakes. He was often frustrated when “college” men came and killed the fish he was raising due to their experiments. He was also a cattle farmer and avid hunter. He enjoyed fishing (of course!), along with hunting deer, turkey, pheasants, and quail. He loved fur trapping on the Spring River, especially with his brother, Joe T.  

John David is survived by his daughters Monica Gail Andrews (Don) and Kathryn Anderson (Gary), grandsons, Tanner Andrews and Eric Anderson, and a great-grandson, Carson Andrews, nieces, Sue Hampton, and Donna Brooker.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marlene; sisters, Geneva Whiteside, Cecilia Dukich, and brother, Joseph T. Robinson; niece Shirley Honeycutt; parents, Grover and Ruby Robinson.


Graveside Services will be on Friday, April 19, 2024, at 11:00 a.m., at the Thayer Cemetery of Thayer, Missouri. 

Services will be officiated by Brother Chris Powers. 

Services under the care of Carter Funeral Home Inc., – Thayer, Missouri. 


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