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“Karen,so sorry to hear this news. My thoughts, prayers and well wishes to you and your family.Julie O'Rourke Burkhardt ”
1 of 13 | Posted by: Julie O'Rourke Burkhardt - MN

“Karen- you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Gary was extraordinary- giving so much to the community and his family! Praying for...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Janet and Dan Dylla - Wells, MN

“Gary could always make me smile. Even when he was in pain. I provided him some warmth in his last year with a heated jacket. He was warm and smiling....Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Mark Heimkes - Friend

“My deepest sympathy to all of you. Gary was a dear friend of mine and to all who knew him. He was always there when ever needed with a smile,hug...Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Linda Anderson - Friend

“Sending love and prayers to you and your family, Tracy! May you find comfort in the memories you treasure most about your dad! ”
5 of 13 | Posted by: Jen Sassman - Waverly, IA

“This is one of the smiles he is so famous for. Always keeping me guessing about what he was thinking. You have put a smile on so many faces and...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Susan Grunzke - Alden, MN

“Karen and family Thinking of you in our thoughts & prayers.Gary always had a smile, or positive thought to share.What a great guy... He will be...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Mike & Brenda Rebelein - Wells, MN

“I will always remember working with Gary when he was first a patrolman and then the Chief of Police during my years working at the City of Wells. He...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Kathy Sailor - Wells, MN - Friend

“Gary and I first met when I was a high school volunteer on the Wells Ambulance. I always learned so much from him, especially our late night talks...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Julie Heimkes - Wells, MN

“For all the good times we had together.A best friend anyone could ask for.Thank you for the good memories, Gary ”
10 of 13 | Posted by: Mike Rebelein - Wells, MN

“Have many great memories of Gary as a neighbor. He will be missed by many! My Condolences to the family and friends! ”
11 of 13 | Posted by: Terri VanHoudt (Blank) - MN

“Have many great memories of Gary as a neighbor. He will be missed by many! My Condolences to the family and friends! ”
12 of 13 | Posted by: Terri VanHoudt (Blank) - MN

“He was a very nice man. Prayers for him and his family ”
13 of 13 | Posted by: Christine Cooper - Wells, MN


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Gary Lee Robbins, age 68 of Wells, MN, died Wednesday, July 18, surrounded by his family at his home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, July 21, 2018, at 10:30 AM at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Wells, with Fr. Matt Fasnacht officiating. Visitation will be Friday, July 20, from 4 – 7 PM at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. Gary will be laid to rest at St. Casimir Catholic Cemetery in Wells.

Gary Lee was born March 21, 1950, in Winnebago, MN, to Floyd and Alice (Pierce) Robbins. He married the love of his life, Karen (Sonnek), on May 17, 1986 at St Casimir's Church in Wells, MN. Gary spent most of his career serving his community and others. In addition to a life-long career in Law Enforcement, he served 13 years as a member of the Wells Volunteer Ambulance crew and 20 years as a volunteer on the Wells Fire Department. Gary was proud to be able to serve his community as the Wells Chief of Police and finish his career at USC as the Liaison Officer, interacting with students and teachers.

When not busy serving his community, Gary enjoyed his free time watching his children and grandchildren compete in many different sporting events. He also enjoyed his time on Lake Mille Lacs at his in-law's cabin relaxing, working on projects, and fishing. However, Gary's goal in life was to put a smile on the face of everyone he met to hopefully make their day a better day.

Gary is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Alice Robbins, his brother, Jim Robbins, and father-in-law, Donald Sonnek.

He is survived by his wife, Karen; his children: Tracy (Ned) Rucker, Sara (Kevin) Hitchen, Scott (Olivia) Robbins, and Kellie Robbins; his grandchildren: Liz (Jordan) Nash, Andrew Rucker, Noah, Mia, and Emma Hitchen; his sister, Mary (Steve) Hall; mother-in-law, Victoria Sonnek; brothers and sisters-in-law: Joan Robbins, Larry (Lorrie) Sonnek, Cheryl (Gary) Whitcomb, Bob (Marge) Sonnek, Dennis (Mary) Sonnek; many nieces, nephews and many friends.