Father Robbins was born in Chicago on Aug. 30, 1926, the son of Wilfred and Sarah (Woods) Robbins. He pronounced his first vows on Aug. 16, 1945 and his final vows on Aug. 15, 1948. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 18, 1952.
He graduated from Quigley Prep Seminary in Chicago in 1944, then attended and graduated from St. Ambrose College, Davenport, Iowa, where he received a bachelor’s degree in art. He later attended and graduated from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he earned a master’s degree in drama.
Father Robbins taught at Cathedral Boys High School, Springfield (1952-1957); Bishop Gorman High School, Las Vegas (1957-1958); St. Philip High School, Chicago (1958-1960); Alleman High School, Rock Island (1960-1967); Griffin High School, Springfield (1968-1969); Ursuline Academy, Springfield (1969-1974); John F. Kennedy High School, Seattle, Wash., (1974-1976 and 1982-1989); and Bishop McNamara High School, Kankakee (1977-1980). He was the administrator of parishes in the Alaskan Missions (1980-1982) and pastor at Sacred Heart Church, Oconee, and St. Joseph Church, Ramsey (1990-1993).
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Thomas; and his sisters Idamae (Robbins) Grady, Jule and Sarah. He is survived by his brother Wilfred “Bill,” his sister Marilyn (Robbins) Lawless, and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held May 25 at the Viatorian Province Center Chapel in Arlington Heights. Interment was in the Viatorian plot at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in Hillside.