Obituary for Phillip Ray Robinson


Phillip Ray Robinson

January 16, 1943 - March 22, 2021

Phillip Ray Robinson passed away on March 22, 2021. He was born on January 16, 1943 to George Holland and Helen Robinson, who have both preceded him in death.

Phillip is survived by his wife, Ruth Robinson. They married on April 22, 1996. Also left to carry on his memory are his children, Kelly Jean Fennelly, Brian Keith Robinson, Michelle Renee Helton, Douglas Andrew Robinson (Andy), Laura Conners, Michael Schroeder and Joshua Mudd; 12 grandchildren, Christopher Bailey, Jami Wolsiefer, Isaiah Cox, Zachary Robinson, Todd Grove, Savannah Grove, Alex Robinson, Robin Ford, Rachel Ford, Luke Ford, Paul Ford, and Clint Schroeder; 18 great grandchildren; and siblings, Irvin Robinson (Stephanie), Jimmy Robinson (Lori) and Stephen Robinson.

He is also preceded in death by his siblings, Sandy Dickens (Tommy) and Terry Cazee (Jim)

Phillip grew up and was educated in Bloomington, IN.  He joined the Navy in February 1960, serving on the USS Northampton until his discharge in January 1964.  Phillip served in the military during the Cuban Missile Crisis as well as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. After being discharged from the Navy, he worked primarily in food services, with his last position being at Johnson Memorial Hospital. He married Paula Spangler in 1963 and had four children:  Kelly Fennelly (Rich), Brian Robinson (Tina), Michelle Helton (Jeffrey) and Douglas Robinson a.k.a. Andy (Krystal). He gradually moved north to Indianapolis, landing in Martinsville, Whiteland and Greenwood along the way.  Phillip was the first name drawn by Indianapolis Mayor William Hudnut in 1975 out of a “fish bowl” to buy a dilapidated house in urban Indianapolis for $1.00 in the 32nd block of N. Arsenal Avenue. After fulfilling the requirements of this program, he sold the house and moved his family to Waverly, Indiana. Soon after, Phillip married Anna Gaus and became a stepfather to Joshua Mudd.  Phillip married a final time to the love of his life, Ruth Schroeder, on April 22, 1996.  They resided in Morgantown, IN the remainder of his days.  Phillip was always a hardworking man with an exceptional work ethic, which he instilled in his children.  He also was blessed to turn his hobby of refurbishing furniture into a profitable venture in retirement.

Phillip Ray Robinson (Husband, Father, and Grandfather) will be loved and missed forever.

There will be a Celebration of Life on April 17, 2021 starting at 1:00pm located at Brown County State Park Abe Martin Lodge 1405 State Road 46 West, Nashville, IN 46448


Jill Helton posted on March 30, 2021

Prayers for the family and Deepest Sympathy on the loss of your loved one,

Jill Helton posted on March 30, 2021

Prayers for the family and Deepest Sympathy on the loss of your loved one,

Nancy Fobes posted on March 30, 2021

Ruth and family, I am so very sorry for your loss. Words can not express just how sorry I am. He was a wonderful man who was very special to me. Your family will be in my prayers.


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