Robin Kauling: 1924 ~ 2014

Robin Cree Kauling, a resident of Three Rivers for 27 years, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014, in Visalia. He was 90.

A celebration of Robin’s life will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, 3 p.m., at Lions Roping Arena.

Robin was born March 21, 1924, in Louisville, Ky., to Joseph and Ruby (Hall) Goetz. By the time Robin was a year old, the family had relocated to California.

Robin was raised in Escondido and South Gate in Southern California, graduating from South Gate High School and Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. He served two stints in the U.S. Navy, first from 1942 to 1948 during World War II and again from 1950 to 1951 during the Korean War.

Robin’s career was in the printing industry where he was a platemaker and pressman and, later, in management, sales, and serving on the board of directors of the firms. From 1948 to 1981, he worked for printers/lithographers Wylde & Sons and from 1981 to 1987 he was with Drafting Graphics Inc.

In 1944, Robin married Leslie Meister. The couple divorced in 1951.

In 1954, Robin married the former Wilma Hengst, a descendant of the German immigrant family that first came to the Three Rivers area as members of the Kaweah Co-Operative Colony. Upon Robin’s retirement in 1987, the couple relocated to Three Rivers.

Robin was a 25-year member of the Three Rivers Lions Club. He served one term as the club’s president from 1994 to 1995. He volunteered as groundskeeper of the Lions Roping Arena, spending countless hours upgrading the facilities, such as painting the spectators’ bleachers, maintaining the Cook Shack, emptying trash cans, and mowing the lawn area among other tasks.

Robin was also a former board member for the Three Rivers Memorial District and Three Rivers Community Services District, which are elected positions. He was a longtime volunteer for the Comfort for Kids project that creates quilts for patients at Children’s Hospital Central California. 

Robin was a dancer since childhood when he was a member of the Meglin Kiddies troupe. He was proficient in ballroom, tap, square-dancing, and polka. 

In addition, he was a member of the Spares & Pair square-dancing club, was an avid golfer and longtime member of the Western Hills Golf & Country Club, enjoyed travel including RVing and camping, and was a lover of music: jazz, Big Band, light opera and musicals, barbershop, and especially Itzhak Perlman and Arthur Fiedler. 

Robin is survived by his wife of 60 years, Wilma Kauling, of Three Rivers; two daughters, Robin Lee Hurlbut of Hawaii and Kimberly Kauling of Three Rivers; son Stanley Kauling of Virginia; five grandchildren, Michelle Hurlbut of Livermore, Calif.; Brian Hurlbut of Visalia; Jonathan Goldman of Anaheim Hills, Calif.; Kirsten Hollingsworth of North Carolina; and Barrett Kauling of North Carolina; three great-grandchildren, Rhiannon Hurlbut, Kristi Hurlbut, and Aiden Carlson, all of Oregon; and his god-llama, Phan-Z, current whereabouts unknown.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Robin’s name may be made to Three Rivers Lions Club, P.O. Box 206, Three Rivers, CA  93271, or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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