Les (Leslie) ‘Grumpy’ Ray Robinson, 71, of Caldwell, ID, passed away unexpectedly at home on July 14, 2022. Les was born to Lincoln and Ruby Robinson, on August 24,1950 in Caldwell, ID and he later became the big brother to Roy (Red), Leroy, Mary, Susie and Helen.
Les graduated from Caldwell High School in 1968 and went on to study Business at Boise Junior College.
In his early years Les was on a bowling league and part of a CB Club
Les worked many jobs during his life including truck driver, Pepsi delivery driver, concrete cutter and later started his own business Asphalt Concrete Drilling and Sawing (ACDS Inc). He built ACDS from nothing and ran it for 24 years before retiring to spend time with his wife and grandkids.
Les enjoyed playing with grandkids, snowmobiling, camping, fishing, watching NASCAR, listening to George Strait and collecting all things - M & M figures, walking sticks, hats, shirts. Every place he visited he had to get a t-shirt or a hat. Much to the chagrin of ‘grandma’, he always came home with toys for the grandkids when he went shopping. The grandkids were never toy poor and always had yo-yos, hula hoops, squirt guns and marshmallow shooters to play with. Les always had a joke to tell and stories he would tell over and over to get you to laugh.
Les met his wife, Kathy Froemming in 1971 at a Caldwell ‘hot spot’ The Keg and Kettle. It was told that when she walked in wearing her white ‘hot pants’ that he knew this was the woman he was going to spend the rest of his life with. They were married two years later on March 18, 1973 in Elko, NV. Together they raised four children: Christopher (Chris), Leslie, Stacy and Carri.
One of the best camping stories is when the whole family went camping and his grandchildren , Alexis and Eric had to use the bathroom. We told them the story of hitting two sticks together to keep the bears away. On the way to and from the bathroom they methodically tapped the sticks together until there was a big bear growl from the forest (Uncle Chris). Alexis heard it and high tailed it back to the camper all the while tapping the sticks together, running into grandpa’s arms and asking him to save her.
Les is survived by his wife Kathy of 49 years, and children Chris (Rebecca), Leslie (Ted), Stacy (Jason) and Carri (Joe), sisters Mary and Susie, brothers Roy (Red) and Leroy, fourteen grandkids and four great grandkids with another due in September and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents Ruby and Lincoln and sister Helen.
The family would like to give special thanks to Billy Sue Mayo, Dr. Ryan Townsend and Monica McLain for their assistance in caring for Les.
The family has entrusted Dakan Funeral Home with the arrangements. At Les’ request there will be no services but a celebration of life is scheduled for August 27th at 505 E Kearney, Caldwell from 3-5 PM all who knew him are welcomed to attend and share stories.
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