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Richard Lee "Dick" Robinson, 83

April 13, 2010
  • Richard Lee "Dick" Robinson, 83
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JUNE 25, 1926-APRIL 11, 2010

STATE LINE, Pa. - Richard Lee "Dick" Robinson, age 83, of 15483 Pennsylvania Ave., State Line, died at 11:40 a.m. Sunday, April 11, 2010, in the Falling Spring Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Chambersburg, where he was a guest since Feb. 28, 2008.

He was born June 25, 1926, in Greencastle, Pa., and was the last son born to Howard and Margaret (Hartman) Robinson.

He and his wife of 58 years, Gladys Clara (Byers), were married Dec. 24, 1951, in State Line.

He attended 11 years of school in Greencastle and was given his high school diploma on June 27, 2008, while at Falling Spring. The Pennsylvania State Legislation passed "Operation Recognition," a law mandating diplomas be granted to veterans who left high school to serve in the military between 1940-46.

He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1944, serving three years in the South Pacific on a survey ship, the USS Bowditch, where he witnessed the atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll during Operation Crossroads in 1946.

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Upon his discharge from the Navy as Motor Machinist 2nd Class at Norfolk, Va., he received the Good Conduct Medal, the American Area Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Medal and the World War II Victory Medal.

He worked at Hick's Garage, Greencastle, and the New York Central Iron Works and the Pennsylvania Railway, both of Hagerstown. He retired from the former A.G. Crunkleton Electric Co. in 1990, and later drove delivery trucks for Caleb Martin of Hagerstown and E.L.M. Garage of Greencastle.

He and his wife enjoyed traveling, and he was fortunate to have been able to visit 47 states, Alaska, The Yukon and many Canadian Provinces. He also enjoyed taking care of his lawn and shrubbery.

Dick was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Ralph S. Tagg Jr. Chapter 14, Washington County, Md., member of Harry D. Zeigler VFW Post 6319, Frank L. Carbaugh American Legion Post 373 and The Atomic Veterans Association, all of Greencastle. He was a member of the National AARP and a former member of the State Line Ruritan Association.

Mr. Robinson was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ State Line since 1990 and a former 39-year member of Trinity United Brethren Church of State Line.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sisters, Virginia (Seacrest) Glass, Chambersburg, and Phyllis Ellzey, Marion, Pa.; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Glenn Robinson, who died Nov. 12, 1981.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 15, at 10:30 a.m. from Harold M. Zimmerman and Son Funeral Home, 45 S. Carlisle St., Greencastle, with the Rev. Dr. Edwin Higginbottom officiating. Burial with military honors by the Chambersburg VFW Post 1599 will be in Beautiful View Cemetery, Middleburg, Md.

There will be no viewing, but the family will receive friends at the funeral home Thursday from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Trinity United Church of Christ, Attn: Brenda Faust, P.O. Box 266, State Line, PA 17263.

Online condolences may be expressed at http://www.zimmermanfh.com.

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