OBITUARY

Richard Keene Robey

March 23, 1946October 4, 2021
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Robey, Richard Keene, age 75 of Centerville, passed away on Monday, October 4th, 2021 surrounded by family and loved ones. He was preceded in death by his father Lorimer Robey and mother Anne Elizabeth Robey. He is survived by his wife Dorothea Robey, his son Christopher Robey (wife Christina Robey), daughter Denise Robey, grandchildren Shannon Morrow (husband Chaney Morrow) , Lillian Robey, Andrew Robey, great-grandchildren Lydia Morrow, Rowan Morrow and Joni Morrow, his brothers Bryant Robey, Dan (wife Barb), Chris Robey and nieces and nephews.

Richie was a world traveler and enjoyed cruises, train tours, segue rides, etc. He loved theme parks, with his favorite being Disney World, and he shared that joy with his grandchildren. Those that know Richie know he loved the Disney character Goofy and he had an extensive collection of Goofy memorabilia. Richie played football in High School and had a game on TV whenever he could. As an active adult he made many life-long friends from his racquetball days as well as through his swim club memberships. Richard loved his family and was happiest when spending time with them, which he did as often as he could.

Richie and Dottie raised four Dachshunds, all of whom were a very important part of their family. Richie was an amazing husband and an exceptional provider for his family and he will be deeply missed. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Thursday, October 14th, 2021 at the Tobias Funeral Home – Far Hills Chapel, 5471 Far Hills Ave., Dayton, Ohio 45429, with the funeral service at 12:00 p.m. Final resting place David’s Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to www.tobiasfuneralhome.com.

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Bryant Robey

October 14, 2021

Richard was the youngest of us four brothers; I was the oldest. Brother Dan in his tribute has described our childhood years together, and my recollections of life together with Richard and are similar—the little boys and the big boys having adventures and sports. Then I went away to boarding school at Western Reserve Academy and further away to college on the East Coast and then even further away to Guinea, West Africa, for the Peace Corps. By the time I got back we had all grown up and gone in different directions.

We hadn’t seen each other in many years. But then a few years ago Richard and Dottie visited my partner Michele and me in Manhattan Beach. When we first saw each other at the airport we recognized each other immediately, despite all the years of separation. We looked alike! Richard had a hip replacement, I had a hip replacement. His hair was thinning, so was mine. We made the same kind of wry jokes (although his were funnier). And we had a great time together, with the participation of Dottie and Michele.

As Dan mentioned, Richard in recent years took the welcome initiative to get the four brothers back in touch, sending accounts of his own activities and inviting ours. It came as a shock that he had fallen seriously ill and might not survive. In what turned out to be his final days he told me that he was weak but was not going to give up because he had the love and support of his family. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to feel close to Richard again at the end, as in our earliest days.

Bry Robey
October 12, 2021

Daniel Robey

October 14, 2021

Nobody gets to choose their biological siblings, but if I could have, I would probably have chosen Richard to be my younger brother. Separated by just a year and a half, we formed the coalition of “little boys” in a family of four brothers. We were always referred to as the little boys, as though we were not just younger but somehow outranked by the “big boys.” Almost 75 years later, none of us is outranked or physically little, but I think the label always helped to put me closer to Richard.

I had a little brother who I spent every day with, who I could explain things to, and who looked up to me. (I could also tease him since he was skinnier and littler than me.) But mainly I admired him. He was not really skinny; I was fat. He was always the better athlete, not only in the back yard but also at school. I was both proud of him and envious. It was good to know that his cool guy was MY little brother.

So here’s to Little Richard (mine, not the rocker)! May he rest peacefully. May the rest of us take the sad occasion of his death to reflect on our own lives, our values, and our commitments to others. He made the world a better place, one person at a time. And I’m grateful that I’m among those who absorbed his positive influence when I was most impressionable. A good man, a good life, and an enduring legacy of family and friends!


Mark & Tracy Karas

October 11, 2021

Our deepest condolences to Dottie and the entire family. It was a joy to know Richard. We often saw him walking the dogs with a smile on his face. He will be greatly missed! Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Helen Saluke

October 7, 2021

Rich was such a joy to work with at Delco/ Delphi. It was amazing that he had such complete knowledge of part numbers and the engineering orders that changed them. And of course, on the lighter side, he could tell a person everything they should do at Disney World whether a day, two or three. Goofy still puts a smile on my face just thinking about Rich. My condolences to you, Dottie, and the rest of the family. You're in my thoughts and prayers.

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