DAVID EARL "DAVE" ROBINSON, 78, of Fort Wayne, surrounded by his family, peacefully went to his Heavenly Father on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Born Aug. 2, 1934, in Putnam County, Ohio, he was a son of the late David H. and Ada E. (Sherrick) Robinson. He graduated from Gomer High in 1952 and earned a business associates degree from International Business College. After serving in the Army in Heidelberg Germany from 1957 to 1959, he married "Dotty". He then went on to be an accountant for General Telephone, retiring after 31 years. However, his lifelong passion revolved around farming and the relationships he built as a result. He loved the trials and triumphs farming brought and lent a hand to anyone in need on the farm or elsewhere. As a member of the Silver King of Yesteryears Tractor Club, he enjoyed restoring and showing his tractor collection. Similarly he was a member of the Cadillac and Lasalle Club (CLC). He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church; a former member and treasurer of Bethany Lutheran Church; and a supporter of various charitable organizations including The American Red Cross. He was sad when his bout with cancer eight years ago meant he could no longer give blood since he was only a few pints short of the 100 pint club. David loved spending time with his family, especially winter holidays in Northern Michigan. "He will be remembered as a man that was always there for his family and would do anything to enhance their futures." During the last eight years, time with his three grandkids brought great joy and motivated him to continue his struggle so they'd remember papa and know his love. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy J. (Truesdale) Robinson; daughters, Darcy J. (William) Foley and Trudy A. (Matthew) Robinson-Foley; granddaughter, Kaitlinn Foley; grandsons, Keaney and Felix Robinson-Foley; four sisters; and many nieces and nephews. He was also preceded in death by one sister. Funeral service is 11 a.m. Monday, June 3, 2013, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1126 S. Barr St., Fort Wayne, with visitation one hour prior. Visitation also from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home For Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46809. Burial is 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at Walnut Grove Cemetery, Delphos, Ohio. Memorials may be made to The American Red Cross in memory of David E Robinson. To leave online condolences, please visit www. elzey-patterson-rodakfuneralhome.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on May 31, 2013