By Jeff Small
(KSDK) - A roadside bomb in Iraq has claimed the life of a man who grew up in Fieldon, Ill., in Jersey County.
Carey Robinson had served in the U.S Army and the National Guard. He had returned to Iraq to work for a private company when he was killed.
Robinson, 39, worked as a security specialist for EOD Technology, Inc. of Knoxville, Tenn.
In a matter of days, Robinson would have been on a break from Iraq and home with family. They had already gathered in Florida for what should have been a special occasion.
Nancy Link said her nephew had a heart as big as his smile. Family members said Robinson loved life and lead by example.
"I don't think he had any vices because he didn't drink, didn't smoke and loved his country,” said Link.
Robinson’s life ended abruptly in Tikrit. He was working as a private security specialist when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb. His cousin Mary Scott said the former soldier knew the dangers in Iraq, but was devoted to military life.
"He loved to be where the action was, and we even played games about it when we were little, but it was something he always wanted to do,” said Scott.
Robinson spent three years in the Army before serving in the National Guard. He was born in Louisiana and later moved to Orlando, Florida.
Robinson comes from a military family. His father was a Navy Seal.
Funeral arrangements are pending, but he is expected to be buried next to his grandfather at Arlington National Cemetery.