MARQUETTE- Like many World War II veterans, Palmer Roblin left high school, his family and all that he knew in 1941, at the young age of 17 to enlist in the United States Army and serve in the Pacific.
In 1943, while serving along the coast of Panama, Central America, Roblin caught malaria fever and was transported back to Detroit, where he received care at a local Marine hospital.
After his service, he worked as a deputy sheriff, building inspector and in the Detroit automobile plants.
From left, Palmer Roblin holds his honorary diploma while daughter Diana Swift and wife Linnea Roblin look on. (Lake Superior Hospice photo)
He met his wife Linnea at an aircraft plant where they produced wings for the naval Helldiver bomber, Linnea was what history likes to call a "Rosie the Riveter."
One of his regrets was that leaving to serve his country cost him the opportunity to finish high school and receive his diploma.
Lake Superior Hospice professionals provide comfort and support at end of life. LSH mapped out a plan to help fulfill his wish to get his diploma.
"We contacted Marquette Area Public Schools, who were an amazing help in moving things along quickly and efficiently. They directed us to the required paper work, which was required by the State of Michigan and Department of Veteran Affairs and once we faxed it to the school they got us the diploma on the same day. They saw the importance of this as much as we did. We can't thank them enough," said Carol Carr, CEO at Lake Superior Hospice.
On Aug. 29, Lake Superior Hospice staff, volunteers, Roblin and his family gathered inside his room at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans to watch him receive an honorary MSHS diploma.
"This was one of the happiest moments of my life!" Roblin exclaimed holding the diploma to his heart. "I'm never letting go."