In Memory of Derwin A. "Dirk" Robey


4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday March 15, 2021
O'Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of River Falls
225 South 3rd Street
River Falls WI, 54022

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Derwin A. “Dirk” Robey, age 76 of River Falls, WI, died on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, the result of an automobile accident. Dirk was born April 7, 1944 in River Falls, WI, to parents Ernest and Mildred (Dopkins) Robey. Dirk attended school in River Falls, and graduated from River Falls High School with the Class of 1962. Dirk was united in marriage to Leslie Gelo on October 28, 1989.

Through the years, Dirk worked as a custodian at UWRF, retiring from there in 2000. A farmer at heart, he loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing, mushroom hunting, and tending to a large garden, where he was known for growing a large crop of tomatoes each year, and selling them at his roadside stand. Dirk was a wonderful husband and father, who had a soft spot in his heart as an animal lover. For years he enjoyed Billiards League with friends, and cabin life up north. Dirk led an exciting and fulfilled life, and will be missed by many.

Dirk is survived by his wife, Leslie; his children, Angie (Mark) Strickland, Dan (Sherri) Robey, Clint Clay, and Eric (Michelle) Clay; grandchildren, Chase, Kendra, Piper, Dustin (Monica), and Dylan; sister, Connie (Dennis) Mausolf; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Dirk was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Donovan (Marian), and Howard (Jeannie); and a son, Jonathon Clay.

To celebrate the life of Dirk Robey, a public visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00pm on Monday, March 15, 2021 at the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home, 225 S. 3rd Street in River Falls. Masks and social distancing are encouraged. Memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family. Services are entrusted to the care of the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home of River Falls, WI. 715-425-5644

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  • Leslie and family
    I am so sorry for your loss
    Please know you are in our prayers
    He was such a super sweet person
    He will be missed by many l know you will forever keep him in your hearts
    Love you guys
    Marleen and Dick

  • My heart goes out to Dirk’s family, friends and loved ones, wow this one caught me off guard. I worked with him at the college some years back. He was a great guy! Praying you all find strength and comfort during this difficult time.