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Robert Burdette Robinson


1923 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Robinson Robert Burdette Robinson, a resident of Friendship Village Dublin, died on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Robert "Robby" was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on June 17, 1923 to the late Clarence B. and Bertha "Betty" Hughes Robinson. At South Side High School in Fort Wayne, Robby excelled on the speech and debate as well as the golf teams, participating at the state level in both on several occasions. Following his World War II United States Army service in the Asia Pacific theater, he graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Business. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Robby met Joan (Jodie) Heller while at IU and they were married on September 5, 1948. Their first home was in Evansville, IN as Robby launched his successful business career in sales and marketing. His work took him all over the globe where he made lasting friendships. Relocations took them to Peoria, IL and Coshocton, OH where they resided for 40 years. Community service was important to both Robby and Jodie. Robby was active in Boy Scouts, President of the Coshocton City Council, Chair of the Coshocton County United Way, active in all the churches where they lived, and instrumental in launching the Clary Gardens in Roscoe Village. His passion was education. He was a governor appointed board member of the Central Ohio Technical College for 12 years. In 2015 Robby and his wife were recognized with COTC's Legends of Loyalty Award, the highest and most prestigious award the college bestows. Robby was recognized often for his endeavors but his proudest moment was when his community honored him as the Coshoctonian of the Year. Robby will be remembered for his optimistic outlook, the great love he had for his family, his ever-present smile and ability to befriend everyone he met, and the role model he so modestly became for all who knew him. A lifelong Methodist, he was a member of Linworth United Methodist Church of Columbus, OH. Robby is survived by his wife of 68 years, Jodie Robinson; three daughters, Sarah (Rick) Coffin of Hilton Head, SC, Ann (Rick) Fortney of McAlpin, FL and Mary Claire (Chuck) Ackerman of Perrysburg, OH; daughter-in-law, Karen (Jeff) Robinson of Canton, OH; six grandchildren, Jonathan Coffin of Indianapolis, IN, Matthew Coffin of Chicago, IL, Angel (Rob) Sullivan of Clearwater, FL, Chad Fortney of Clearwater, FL, Katie Musser of Canton, OH and Carmen Alkire of New York, NY; four great-grandchildren; and his cousin, Janet Meyers of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Along with his parents, Robby is preceded in death by one son Jeffrey Alan Robinson and a grandson Charles Edward Coffin. A memorial service will be held May 6 at 10 a.m. at Friendship Village of Dublin, 6000 Riverside Drive, Dublin, OH. Dr. Eugene Folden will officiate. Family will receive friends at a reception there following the service. A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. at Roscoe Village Cemetery in Coshocton, OH, officiated by Dr. Craig Redecker. Friends may visit with the family at GIVEN-DAWSON-PAISLEY FUNERAL HOME, 186 Park Avenue, Coshocton, OH from 4-5:30 p.m. following the burial. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Central Ohio Technical College, designated for the Coshocton campus, in care of the development office of COTC at 1179 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055. An on-line memorial can be viewed at www.given-dawson-paisleyfh.com.


Published in The Columbus Dispatch on May 3, 2017
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