Robin L. Hurlbutt
January 4, 1960 – February 7, 2022
Robin Lynne (Walker) Kalina Hurlbutt passed through the gates of Heaven on Monday, February 7, 2022, at the age of 62, in the arms of her husband at their home in Bellevue, Nebraska.
Robin will be remembered for the many lives she touched, the endless love she showed to her family, friends, and strangers alike and the inspiration she shared with the world through her art.
Robin was born to Earleen and Jim Walker on January 4, 1960, in Omaha, Nebraska, where she grew up surrounded by a big family and many friends. She often visited her grandparents in Pawnee City, Nebraska, where she would spend time with her many cousins, aunts, and uncles.
When she was a kid, Robin loved riding her bike, sledding, babysitting, hunting for four-leaf clovers (she found many) and wearing jewelry from her mom’s extensive collection. She played the flute and was an impressive baton majorette, twirling at recitals and in parades, sometimes even with flaming batons.
Robin attended and graduated from Omaha South High School in 1978 where she was involved in student council, cheerleading, swimming, DECA, choir, band, and debate to name a few. After high school, Robin went to Capitol Beauty School and graduated in 1979. She completed courses in typography and graphic design at Metropolitan Community College in 2010.
Robin was a talented artist, known for bringing beauty into the world through many personal and professional endeavors. She worked as a cake designer and decorator, most recently at Hy-Vee, and she always spoiled her friends and family with the most beautiful and delicious cakes. Robin was also an extremely skilled calligrapher and entrepreneur, founding Classic Calligraphy in March 1983.
Robin spent her entire adult life in Omaha. She was a proud Nebraska Husker and a true patriot–a fan of all things USA. She loved going to $5 movies on Tuesdays and Sundays, working in the yard and sitting outside by the fire pit on Saturday evenings. Robin enjoyed traveling and her favorite places to visit as an adult were Kansas City, Kansas, San Francisco, California, Branson, Missouri, and the Black Hills in South Dakota.
The joy and light of Robin’s life were her two daughters, Ashlee and Alli, who she raised with her first husband, Dennis Kalina, until he passed away in 2005, and her two grandchildren Kali and Kayson. She loved them all more than anything and told them so every chance she had.
In 2011, Robin was reunited with Rich Hurlbutt at the funeral of their mutual friend’s mother. Little did she know, Rich always had a crush on Robin, but their timing had never been right. Fate finally worked its magic on that enchanted “hot chocolate day”, and the two were married on September 28, 2013, in a beautiful ceremony at their Bellevue home, surrounded by family and close friends all donning concert tees in celebration of Robin and Rich’s shared love of live rock music.
Robin is survived by her husband, Rich Hurlbutt; two daughters, Ashlee Olson (Jason) and Alli Kalina; grandchildren, Kali and Kayson Olson; mother, Earleen Walker; stepfather, Keith Walker; sisters, Melonie Burton (Robert), Michelle Christo (Ray), Pam Adler (Ron), Loretta Martin (Gene); brothers, Steven Walker (Laurie), Christopher Walker (Karey); nieces: April Avery (Brandon), Amber Nguyen (Hieu), Aubrey Smith, Sydnie Burton, Jeanee Niki Christo; nephews, David Martin (Cassie), Zachary Christo, Scott Walker (Sarah), Coleton Burton, and Derek Walker.
Robin’s family finds comfort knowing Robin experienced a life filled with love and so many happy memories. Her legacy lives on through the hundreds of lives she has touched and impacted through her care and compassion.
Her family is at peace knowing Robin is no longer in pain and has been welcomed into paradise by her grandma and grandpa, Myrtle and Lloyd Edgerton; aunts; uncles; cousins; first husband and the father of her daughters, Dennis Kalina; and her mentor, Joy Grasmick.
Her Celebration of Life will take place Thursday, February 10th, at West Center Chapel with Visitation from 4pm to 6pm and a Memorial Service at 6pm.
The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to the family.