|Longtime businessman Jim Robb dies Saturday|
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
The Imperial business community suffered a loss this weekend when Jim Robb, 75, co-owner of Robb’s Sale and Service, died Saturday.
Robb and his wife, Carol, opened the appliance and heating and cooling store on Imperial’s main street in February, 1974 and have been in the same location since then.
Robb was diagnosed with colon cancer in January and underwent surgery followed by chemotherapy.
In April, he underwent a quadruple heart bypass. He later developed blood clots following the surgery and was never able to fully recover.
He passed away Saturday morning, May 30, 2009, at the Great Plains Regional Medical Center in North Platte, Neb.
Robb was a lifelong resident of Chase County, with the exception of living in Denver, Colo., for two years after their marriage.
When he and Carol returned, Robb operated the propane truck for the coop and then worked with Kansas-Nebraska Natural Gas before they launched their own business.
Carol recalled they have seen a lot of changes in the business and the community during the past 35 years.
“When we first opened, it was pretty easy to do business. It’s a lot more complicated today,” she said.
She said she would continue to operate the store and is assisted by service personnel Aaron Troxell and Nick Spady.
In addition to Carol, survivors include son, Tim Robb of Imperial; daughter, Teresa Miller and husband, Bill, of Nevada, Texas; four grandchildren, Brooke Copley, Samantha and Jessica Robb, Emily Monahan; sisters, Arlene Eskew of Imperial, Judy Spotts of Greeley, Colo. and Gwen Lytle and husband, Doyle, of Arvada, Colo.
A public graveside inurnment service will be held at Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial in mid- to late July. The family will announce the date prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Jim’s memory.