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Edwin "Ed" H. Robinson

July 5, 1951 ~ May 28, 2017 (age 65)

Edwin (Ed) H. Robinson passed away in his sleep Sunday, May 28, 2017, at age 65 during a trip to Bend, OR. He was born to Lyle and Bernice (Hartzell) Robinson on July 5, 1951 in Spokane, WA. His father, a military chaplain, began Ed’s adventures by moving the family to Kennewick, WA; Nampa, ID; Fort Lewis, WA; Tacoma, WA, Bamberg, Germany; and El Paso, TX. Ed played football for and graduated from high school in El Paso in 1968; he graduated in 1973 from Northwest Nazarene University in Nampa, Idaho; Nazarene Theological Seminary in 1976 and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 1987 with a PHD in Religious Studies.


Ed was engaged in pastoral leadership, theological education and Christian higher education for 43 years, beginning as a youth pastor in San Diego and Long Beach, CA and later as professor and dean of the faculty at NTS, in Kansas City, Missouri; president of MidAmerica Nazarene University, Olathe, KS; and most recently as Professor of Practical Theology, Director of Leadership Studies and Servant Leadership and Vice President for Academic Affairs at NNU, Nampa, ID.


Ed and Nancy moved to Nampa in 2011 from Overland Park, KS, where they lived for 25 years. Ed was an avid baseball fan, loyal to the KC Royals; loved to watch collegiate sports of all kinds; enjoyed hiking, skiing and spending time with his family.


Ed is survived by his college sweetheart, Nancy (Ratzloff), with whom he married in 1973, following graduation from NNU; his two adult daughters, Kimberly Lovitt, (John), and grandsons Seth and Colin, Spring Hill, Kansas and daughter, Kelly Robinson, Shawnee, KS; his sister Lois Zachary (Lane) and his brother Chuck Robinson (Judy), all of Bend, Oregon. He was preceded in death by an infant sister and his parents Lyle and Bernice Robinson.


Ed was known as a servant leader, mentor and friend to many. He loved serving the Lord, his church and his family.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the university fund of Northwest Nazarene University, 623 S University Blvd, Nampa, ID 83686; Mid America Nazarene University, 2030 E College Way, Olathe, KS 66062 or Nazarene Theological Seminary, 1700 E Meyer Blvd, Kansas City, MO, to the Lyle and Bernice Robinson scholarship fund.


Memorial Services will be held in both Nampa, ID at College Church of the Nazarene, 504 E. Dewey Ave. on Saturday, June 10 at 10:30 AM and in Olathe, Kansas at College Church of the Nazarene, 2020 E. Sheridan on Sunday, July 9 at 3 PM.


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 Service Information

Memorial Service
June 10, 2017

10:30 AM
College Church of the Nazarene
504 E. Dewey Ave
Nampa, Id

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