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David Ellis Robinson 1937-2016

David Ellis RobinsonDavid Ellis Robinson, 79, of Jacksonville, passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at Heritage Health.

He was born, April 15, 1937, in Clinton, to Guy Truman Robinson and Dorothy Ellis Robinson.

He attended Clinton Community High School (Class of 1955) and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Illinois College in 1959. He was a member of Phi Alpha Literary Society, Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society for Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Pi Kappa Delta, the National Forensics Fraternity. He attended University of Illinois College of Law, receiving his law degree in June 1962. He was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. He actively served in the United States Navy at Great Lakes Naval Station and the Naval Justice School in Newport Rhode Island, attaining the rank of lieutenant. Following an honorable discharge from active duty, he continued to serve in the Naval Reserve until his honorable discharge in 1974.

David was employed as a partner at Thomson and Thomson Law Offices in Jacksonville, which is where his courtship with Norma (Roehrs) Lowery Robinson began. In 1973, David would begin his private law practice on West State Street. He also served as Attorney for the Village of Woodson for more than 20 years.

David and Norma were married on New Year's Eve of 1971 in Las Vegas, and honeymooned in California and Mexico. They celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary last year. David adopted Norma's three children and raised them as his own. They immediately began to increase the size of their family, welcoming a son, and later a daughter. He is survived by his wife, Norma; his sister, Martha Grohne; and his children, Debbie (Michael) Lowery Dertz, Richard (Donna) Lowery Jr., Michael (Laura) Lowery, Dave (Samantha) Robinson Jr., and Paula (Erick) Robinson Schepmann; 13 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

In addition to practicing as an attorney for over 50 years, David taught law classes at Illinois College and MacMurray College. He was an avid photographer, developing film in a darkroom in his basement, until digital photography moved his craft to the computer.

Services have been held.

Posted on October 10, 2016 by Morgan Yingst