Herman Thomas Askuwheteau Chankoowashtay Robbins, 75, of Millsboro, Del., passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, surrounded by his family and friends at home. He was born and raised in Wilmington Del., son of the late William “Buster” Robbins and Cathrine (Norwood) Robbins.
In his early years, Robbins would spend most of his summers in Millsboro. He enjoyed waterskiing, shows at Rosedale Beach and, most importantly, his sweetheart, June. He graduated from Wilmington High School in 1962. Robbins worked for the City of Wilmington as a code-enforcement inspector. He retired in 2005 after 40 years with the City.
After retirement, Robbins, his wife and his son made the decision to permanently move to their summer home on Wilson Myrtle Lane and Layton Davis Road in Millsboro.
Robbins was always proud of his Native American heritage and was an active member of the Nanticoke Indian Association. He was later nominated and elected to be chief of the Nanticoke Indian Association. He took pride in serving his people. After his years as chief, Robbins continued serving on the council until recently, when his health began to deteriorate and he resigned from his position.
Robbins was a pet-lover, as the family was always surrounded by at least one, and sometimes up to three, dogs. He had a passion for camping trips. He, along with his family and friends, would take several trips throughout the year. Some of those trips included the races in Dover, Massey’s Landing, Jelly Stone, Fort Whaley for Halloween and the biggest trips of the year, at Tom’s Cove in Chincoteague, Va., to which he always looked forward so he could get ice cream from Whippy.
Robbins was preceded in death by his sister, Helena Spanish, and niece, Denise Spanish. He leaves his wife of 54 years, Myrtle June (Harmon) Robbins; his daughters, Kimberly Nadine Robbins and Tshnina Larue (Robbins) Colón; his son, Sequoya Thomas Robbins; his son in-law Henry Colón; his grandchildren, Shianna Anita Colón, Dakoda Enrique Colón and Cayden Sequoya Colón; his sisters, Shirley Mayfield and April Robbins; two brothers-in-law, Conrad Harmon and his wife, Marlene, and Jan Harmon and his wife, Carolyn; three sisters-in-law, Elena Street and her husband, James, Beatrice Miller and her husband, Freddie, and Lorraine her husband, Bob; and many nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.
A funeral service was to be held June 18, 2019, at Watson Funeral Home, Millsboro, Del., with interment at the Indian Mission Church Cemetery. Flowers were accepted, as are memorial donations to the Nanticoke Indian Museum; 27073 John J. Williams Hwy.; Millsboro, DE 19966. Condolences may be sent online at www.watsonfh.com.