Anthony Charles Robnett

Veteran, 71Col. Anthony "Tony" Charles Robnett, 71, of Astoria, died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at Hospice House in Warrenton, after a battle with cancer.

Col. Robnett was born April 13, 1931, in Meacham, to Elmo and Mae Casey Robnett. He was a fifth generation Oregonian.

On May 31, 1953, he married Helen Clark in Astoria. She survives, residing in Astoria.

Col. Robnett was raised and educated in eastern Oregon. He earned a bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Oregon, and also graduated from the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. He served one tour in Korea and two tours in Vietnam. He was a career army officer. He also taught history, coached wrestling and drove a school bus for McKenzie High School in Finn Rock.

He was a longtime member of the Rainland Flycasters and enjoyed fly fishing, tying flies and being active in the club's conservation work. He served as logistics co-chair for the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and was a member of the Lower Columbia Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America. Family members say he will be remembered for his Irish jokes, stories and songs.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Doug Robnett of Astoria; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lora and John Nordquist of Sisters and Celia and Bruce Golden of Virginia Beach, Va.; four grandchildren, a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Margaret Robnett of Happy Valley; a sister and brother-in-law, Marian and Ed Martin of Yakima, Wash.; a brother-in-law, Don Galbreath of Kennewick, Wash., and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral is 1 p.m. Saturday at Pioneer Presbyterian Church in Warrenton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Lower Columbia Hospice, Rainland Flycasters or Pioneer Presbyterian Church, in care of Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary, 1165 Franklin Ave., Astoria, OR 97103.

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