Col (Ret.) Robert Harry Robinson

January 28, 1925November 5, 2018

Colonel Robinson died at Columbus Hospice on November 5, 2018, at age 93. He was born in Rochester, Pennsylvania to Marie Emma Herdt Robinson and Percy M. Robinson. He entered the service in 1944. During a period of 32 years he served in Europe, Korea, Vietnam and Japan, as well as with occupation troops in Italy. He also served in various Army posts in the United States. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, The Purple Heart Medal plus a number of other decorations and service medals. His duties included the normal command and staff assignments in his long career. He was married to the former Elizabeth Jane Swarm of Lament, PA, deceased; Ondina Bensi of Trieste, Italy, deceased and Bettie K. Robinson, formally of Pittsburgh, PA.

He attended Penn State University and graduated from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas in 1958. After retirement in 1976, he earned a master’s degree from Columbus College, now Columbus State University. He was active in several retirement organizations. He served two terms as President of the Sojourners Chapter Number Eight, two terms as Secretary of the Chattahoochee Valley Retired Officers Association as well as Vice President and a Member of the Board of Directors of the Kiwanis Club of Columbus and the E. Moyer Executive Club.

He is survived by his wife Bettie, two daughters: Saundra Jane Powell (Paul) of Flemington, PA and Sue R. Henry (Philip) of Atlanta and one brother, Wilbur Robinson of Pittsburgh. His grandchildren are Elissa Henry Lorenzen, Alexander Henry, Brian Powell and Kelley Lohr. He also had five great-grandchildren: Isabel, Eleanor and Lilly Lorenzen and Benson Powell and Gabrielle Martin.

Contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to your favorite charity in memory of Colonel Robert H. Robinson. A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, First Avenue in Columbus on Friday November 16th at 11:00am. Interment with full Masonic and Military Honors will held at Fort Benning at 1:30pm.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Robinson family.


  • Bettie Robinson, Wife
  • Saundra Jane (Paul) Powell, Daughter
  • Sue R. (Philip) Henry, Daughter
  • Wilbur Robinson, Brother
  • Elissa Henry Lorenzen, Granchild
  • Alexander Henry, Granchild
  • Brian Powell, Granchild
  • Kelley Lohr, Granchild
  • Isabel Lorenzen, Great Grandchild
  • Eleanor Lorenzen, Great Grandchild
  • Lilly Lorenzen, Great Grandchild
  • Benson Powell, Great Grandchild
  • Gabrielle Martin, Great Grandchild
  • Col. Robinson also leaves behind other relatives and friends to cherish his loving memory.


  • Funeral Serice Friday, November 16, 2018
  • Interment with Full Masonic and Military Honors Friday, November 16, 2018

Col (Ret.) Robert Harry Robinson

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Greg Robinson

November 14, 2018

Fellow Boy Scout.....Brother Mason.......loyal Soldier.......Uncle Bob and I shared these things in common.......I always looked up to him, and strived to do good things in my life.......often influenced by his actions......God Bless and Rest Well......greg robinson

Bill & Christa Walker

November 12, 2018

Dear Betty-
Thinking about you and sending our sincere condolences .
My husband new Bob from the MOAA association for many, many years and so did I.
He was such a fine man and we always enjoyed talking to him. He will be missed by many.
Our deepest sympathy and Love-

Bill and Christa Walker

Mr. and Mrs. Willie Watts

November 12, 2018

Col. Robinson on behalf of the residents of Willow Bend Run I would like to thank you for your many years of dedication to the upkeep of our neighborhood. Thanks to you and Mr. Charles Henry (deceased) Willow Bend has been considered one of the most beautiful places in Columbus to live. You worked so diligently even as your health was failing to continue our clean up campaign that you personally named "Help Keep Willow Bend Beautiful" with your numerous calls to the city, etc. We will miss you and I will personally miss your phone calls checking on everything going on from top to bottom in Willow Bend. Your expertise, professionalism, etc. will indeed be missed. We will do our best to carry on what you and Mr. Henry started well over fifty years ago regarding the upkeep Willow Bend. Thanks for a job well done! To Mrs. Bettie and Family so sorry for your loss.

Cookie and Mickey Watts
and Residents of Willow Bend Run

Jean McKee

November 12, 2018

Bob was a Lay Reader at the Infantry Chapel and when I first joined in 1976. His voice was wonderful and added so much when he read ( espically for our Christmas contatas). I send my sincere sympathy to Bettie

Georgette & George Nixon

November 11, 2018

Bettie --

So sorry to hear about Mr. Bob's passing. We have lost a special friend from CALL and the Springer Theater. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Georgette & George Nixon

Suzanne & Wayne Matthews

November 9, 2018

We are so thankful for many happy memories of times spent with Bob and Bettie. We will miss you, Colonel!