Donald Krebs Robinson, 94, of Bloomington, Ind., and formerly of Jacksonville, died at home Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, after a brief illness.
Mr. Robinson was born Nov. 23, 1918, in Jacksonville, the first child of Frank Albert Robinson and Louise Emma Wetzel Robinson. On Aug. 2, 1947, he married his beloved wife Cordah Elizabeth "Betty" Munsell Robinson, who preceded him in death in 2007. Also preceding in death are three children, daughter, Patricia Ann and twin infant sons, as well as Mr. Robinson's parents, and his sister, Frances Stephens.
Surviving Mr. Robinson are his daughter and son-in-law, Cordah Elizabeth and Charles Edward Pearce, of Bloomington Ind.; and his grandson and granddaughter-in-law, Charles Richard and Sara Cashman Pearce, and his great-granddaughter, Catherine Elizabeth Pearce, all of Chicago. In addition to his immediate family, Mr. Robinson is survived by his brother, Robert A. Robinson of Winter Haven, Fla.; sisters, Mary "Beth" Strawn of Santa Fe, N.M., and Helen J. Kohr of Lake Forest; sisters-in-law, Dolores Campbell and her husband William of Mount Vernon and Barbara Sloan and her husband Alexander of Florence, Ala.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins throughout the country, as well as many dear friends.
Mr. Robinson was a lifelong and devoted member of the Congregational Church in Jacksonville. He was a graduate of Illinois College, and received his Master's degree from Western Illinois University. Mr. Robinson was a veteran of World War II, serving as an Anti-Aircraft Height Finder Operator in Washington, D.C.
For many years Mr. Robinson taught fifth and sixth grades at Jefferson School in Jacksonville, with a particular interest in arithmetic. He was a dedicated teacher, using imaginative and innovative methods to help his students learn. He held a U.S. patent on an instructional device for teaching arithmetic. He frequently recalled his many students with warmth, pride and humor. He was also an educator at Jacksonville State Hospital.
In addition to his longtime participation in the leadership of the Congregational Church, Mr. Robinson was an active member of the Morgan County Historical Society, and participated in numerous civic events in Jacksonville. He was a member of the American Legion. In 2002, Mr. Robinson and his wife left Jacksonville to move into the home of their daughter and son-in-law in Bloomington, Indiana.
Mr. Robinson remained a life-long learner who enjoyed an active social life, making many new friends while living in Bloomington, Ind., as well as maintaining his treasured friendships from Illinois.
Mr. Robinson enjoyed learning about and discussing good wine, politics, current events, discoveries in science and the historic and cultural events of the United States and the world. He maintained an ongoing interest in the history of Morgan County, the State of Illinois and the life of Abraham Lincoln. He had a sharp and ready memory of Jacksonville from his very youngest years forward, and was an endless source of fascinating anecdotes about the people and places of Morgan County.
Mr. Robinson cherished his family and friends, all of whom will miss him greatly.
Memorial services will be held 2:30 pm, Friday at the Congregational Church UCC in Jacksonville, where the family will meet friends following the services. Mr. Robinson will be interred at the family plot at Diamond Grove Cemetery in Jacksonville. Memorial contributions may be made to Illinois College or the Congregational Church in Jacksonville. The Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville is in charge of the committal arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.buchanancody.com.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on Dec. 9, 2012