Melvin H. Robinson, 83

May 19, 2010
  • Melvin H. Robinson, 83

SEPT. 17, 1926-MAY 16, 2010

Melvin H. Robinson, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully at his residence of Menno Haven, Chambersburg, Pa., Sunday, May 16, 2010, among family members who loved him. Melvin, the oldest son of the late Carl E. and Ora Mary (College) Robinson, was born at home Sept. 17, 1926, in Greencastle, Pa.

He graduated from Greencastle High School in 1944. He worked at Letterkenny Army Depot before being drafted into the U.S. Air Force. After an honorable discharge in 1946, Melvin worked at ELM garage and later as a machine operator at TB Woods. The majority of his employment centered as an independent insurance agent with Washington National Insurance, Educators Mutual Life Insurance, as well as other insurance agencies. Melvin's family and the gospel of Jesus Christ was the center of his life. He was an active and devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Fairview and Chambersburg Wards his entire life. Melvin was ordained Bishop of the Chambersburg Ward, Gettysburg Stake in 1971 and served in that position for many years. He was a talented gunsmith, enthusiastic fisherman, had a lifelong appreciation for classical music and read many church history authors as well as his scriptures daily.


Melvin is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Dorothy A. (Sharar) Robinson, whom he married March 2, 1945; five children, Melvin H. (Rob) Robinson Jr., Puyallup, Wash., Cherie (Stephen) Oldt, Shippensburg, Pa., Sue (Douglas) Zimmermann, Atlanta, Ga., Christina (Robert) Sommers, Henderson, Nev., and Mark S. Robinson, Salt Lake City, Utah; four grandchildren, Andrew S. (Dana) Smith, Farmington, Utah, Michael Smith, Sandy, Utah, Kristen E. (Tony) Hundt, New Port Ritchey, Fla., and Katie Zimmermann, Atlanta, Ga.; and one great-grandchild, Tristin Smith (son of Andrew and Dana).

He is also survived by two sisters, Dorothy R. Beckham, Pleasant Grove, Utah, and Susan Ann Crunkleton, Pleasant Grove, Utah; and two brothers, Robert E. Robinson, American Fork, Utah, and Joseph H. Robinson, Idaho Falls, Idaho; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. Three sisters preceded him in death, Janet R. (Cleo F.) Layton, Kensington, Md., Hilma J. Steele, Columbia, Md., and Anita M. (Arnold) Shafer, Camas, Wash.

His life will be remembered at funeral services Friday, May 21, 2010, at 10 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 50 Ragged Edge Road, Chambersburg, Pa., with Bishop Lynn Peiffer officiating. Interment will be in Brown's Mill Cemetery, Kauffman Station, Pa. The family will receive friends Thursday, May 20, 2010, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 333 Falling Spring Road, Chambersburg, Pa., and before the funeral, from 9 to 9:30 a.m., at the church. Memorial contributions may be made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ward Missionary Fund, 50 Ragged Edge Road, Chambersburg, PA 17201.

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