Richard Montgomery Robinson, 84, Newcomerstown, passed away at his Newcomerstown residence on Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.
Richard was born in Columbus on April 10, 1927, a son of the late Ben C. and Beatrice Lucille Montgomery Robinson.
His family moved to Newcomerstown shortly after his birth.
He was a graduate of Newcomerstown High School, class of 1945, and attended the Art Students League of New York.
Richard was an Army veteran of World War II, serving as a supply clerk with the 34th Station Hospital in Italy. Following the war, he returned home and worked for several years as a self-employed landscape artist in the Newcomerstown area.
In 1954, Richard joined the Ohio Department of Highways, which later became the Ohio Department of Transportation, and served as a Public Information officer and Engineering Technician until his retirement in 1983. Following his retirement, he owned and operated Robinson Information Services in Newcomerstown for several years.
Richard was a charter member and past president of the former New Philadelphia Exchange Club. He was a member emeritus of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing and was a life member of the National Rifle Association and the Republican National Committee. Richard also belonged to the New Philadelphia Lions Club, where he served as treasurer, the Thomas Montgomery Post 431, Newcomerstown American Legion, the Calvary United Methodist Church, Newcomerstown, and the Lone Star Masonic Lodge 175, Newcomerstown.
Richard was a well-respected member of the community and together with his late wife, Helen, gave their time and resources freely for many worthy causes.
He and Helen will be dearly missed.
In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Helen L. Digman Isenberg Robinson, Newcomerstown, who passed away Sept. 2, 2005, and whom he married Oct. 26, 1968. Also deceased are a brother, Ben C. Robinson Jr. of Newcomerstown; and a stepfather, J. Albert Schilling of Hollywood, Fla.
He is survived by two stepsons, W. Benjamin Isenberg II of Canton and Joseph (Debra) Albert Isenberg of Eugene, Ore.; four step-grandchildren, Elizabeth (John) Cameron of New Philadelphia, Valerie Isenberg and Benjamin Isenberg, both of Eugene, Ore., and Emily Isenberg, New York City; two step-great-grandchildren, Lauren and Dylan Cameron, both of New Philadelphia; and his special caregiver and friend, Nancy L. Gibson of Newcomerstown.
Funeral services to celebrate Richards life were Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, at the Ourant Funeral Home, Newcomerstown.
The Rev. Eric Miller conducted the services.
Burial followed in the East State Street Cemetery, Newcomerstown, where the Newcomerstown Veterans Honor Guard performed military graveside services.
Masonic lodge services were held in the funeral home on Monday, Oct. 31.
The family is requesting that memorials be made in Richards name to the New Philadelphia Lions Club, P.O. Box 346, New Philadelphia, OH 44663; or to Calvary United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 187, Newcomerstown, OH 43832.