J. Russell Robinson, 73, of Panama, IL, formerly a longtime Jacksonville, IL resident, died Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at Carlinville Nursing & Rehab in Carlinville, IL. A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in Hillsboro, IL. Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., at Bass Patton Dean Funeral Home in HIllsboro, IL. Rev. James Hayes, Pastor of St. James Baptist Church in Hillsboro, IL, will offciate.
He was born Sept. 13, 1945, in Litchfield, IL, the son of the late Rolin and Pearl (Beal) Robinson. He married Janet Lou Mann on Sept. 1, 1998, in Jacksonville, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 16, 2010.
He is survived by one son, Nathan Robinson of Panama, IL; one step-daughter, Heather (Jacob) Rhea of Jacksonville, IL; three grandchildren, Tucker, Emma and Lily Rhea; five brothers, Walter “Newt” Robinson of North Pole, AK; Kenneth (Brenda) Robinson of Ramsey, IL; Bradley Robinson of Sheridan, WY; Mark (Tammy) Robinson of Vandalia, IL and Paul Robinson of Raton, NM; and three sisters, Florence (Paul) Sexton of Monticello, KY; Patricia (Jerry) Clotfelter of Hillsboro, IL;and Mary Ellen (Bob) Keown of Nebraska. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one son, Kelly Robinson; and three sisters, Sharon Altevogt, Georgia Robinson and Sherry Pfeifer.
Mr. Robinson worked for 35 years at Mobil Chemical in Jacksonville. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Russ had served as Chairman of the Board of Education at Salem Lutheran School, Vice-President of the Jacksonville Police Academy, Past Commander of Murrayville American Legion, Chairman for the Murrayville Sesquicentennial, and sat on the Board of Morgan-Scott County Crimestoppers.
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