James V. Robben, 86, Oakley, died Saturday, April 25, 2020, at Logan County Hospital.
He was born Dec. 26, 1933, in Angelus to Francis and Mary Robben. He attended Angelus Grade School, Westmont Seminary in Chicago and St. Joseph’s Military Academy in Hays.
He married Luella Truetken on Aug. 16, 1955, in Park. Him and his brother, Francis started Robben Garage. Within a few years, they formed a partnership to open Oakley Motors. The dealership grew under his leadership.
He received many awards for being a Chrysler 5 Star Dealer. Over time, implements, such as New Holland and Allis Chalmers, were added to the business. He was also involved in his community. He served as president of the Oakley Chamber of Commerce, president of the Oakley Jaycees, as well as the state vice-president of the Kansas Jaycees and a longtime volunteer for the Logan County Fair barbeque.
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus and was involved in the formation of St. Joseph Catholic School.
Survivors include his wife, Luella; his children, Jim and Francine (Huelsman) Robben, Jan and Vern Kinderknecht, Jerry and Maxine (Huelsman) Robben, Carla and Rob Schiltz and Stan and Celia (Jahnke) Robben; his grandchildren, Kelsey and Jake Martin, Kimberly and Matt Fine, Amy Kinderknecht and Zach Kadolph, Kay and Jonathon Launspach, Sara and Mitch Kochman, Bridget and Kyle Pearcy, Andrew Robben, Isaac Schiltz and Lexi Hunter and Mason Schiltz; and his great-grandchildren, Jadyn, Jordyn and Jenna Martin, Asher and Ella Fine, Kaia Launspach and Allie Pearcy and siblings, Angeline Baalman and Evelyn Mannebach.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings, Francis Robben, Theodore Robben, Rose Mary Beckman, Jerome Robben and Annette Moorhous ; and a grandson, Justin Robben.
Due to the current situation in the world, his services are not open to the public. A private funeral Mass will take place Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Oakley. A memorial service will be planned for a later date. Memorials are suggested to the church or St. Joseph School and can be sent in care of Baalmann Mortuary, PO Box 204, Oakley, KS 67748. For information or condolences visit www.baalmannmortuary.com