J Richard Robinson

October 5, 1942October 24, 2012

James Richard Robinson Grand Ledge

Passed away October 24, 2012. Richard was born in Lansing, Michigan on October 5, 1942. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jay and Frances (Daniel) Robinson. He is survived by his wife, Karen; daughter, Bonnie (Robert) Owens; son, Bill Robinson; brother, Robert (Suzanne) Robinson; and brother-in-law, Robert (Gay-Lynn) Blanding. Also surviving to cherish their grandfather’s memory are his grandchildren, Gibson, Vivian, and Mary Frances Robinson and Allyson Sears. Several nieces and nephews also will remember their beloved uncle.

Mr. Robinson graduated from Michigan State University (B.A., 1965) and Wayne State University (J.D., cum laude, 1968) where he earned academichonors and served as Chancellor of its Moot Court Board and as a member the National Moot Court team. He is also a member of the Wayne State University Mackenzie Honor Society.

Mr. Robinson is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, and the Ingham County Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Robinson has appeared in Michigan courts at all levels, and the Michigan Tax Tribunal. Mr. Robinson also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1963-1969.Mr. Robinson has recently joined the Thrun Law Firm as Of Counsel and serves as general counsel for several Michigan municipalities (all types).

Services will be held on Monday, October 29, 11:00 am at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing Chapel, 1730 East Grand River Avenue, East Lansing, Michigan, 48823. Visitations will be Sunday, October 28, 2012 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Those desiring may make contributions in Richard’s name to the Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 W. Grand River Ave., Lansing, MI 48906.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing, Michigan. On line condolences may be made at


  • Visitation Sunday, October 28, 2012
  • Visitation Sunday, October 28, 2012
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 29, 2012

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Vern and Doug Foltz

October 30, 2012

Karen, Doug and I were greatly saddened to learn of Dick's passing. We greatly enjoyed the warmth and friendship you shared with us in our trips to Cabo. I will fondly remember our fishing trips and the wonderful dinners we shared. Deepest Sympathies and prayers for you and your family.

Jon Bayless

October 29, 2012

Karen, We will always remember Dick as
a wonderful and fun loving professional. We'll miss him...God bless you and your family.

October 28, 2012

Dear Karen, Bonnie and Bill:
We were saddened to learn of Dick's passing and want to send you our heart felt sympathy with our thoughts of comfort and healing. We have many fond memories of our early years when our children were young and every week end was so special. Dick will greatly missed.

Tom and Saritha Keena

October 28, 2012

Dear Karen, we will miss Dick and his gentle ways, his smile, always there to help his boat mates. We have the best and greatest memories that this dear man left us, he will never be forgotten. Our hearts send love and strength for you. Dick & Joan

October 28, 2012

Karen, you and your family are I know in such grief over the loss of Dick, who as written above, a man of great integrity and accomplishments, a wonderful husband and father, and a great friend of his Northern Michigan friends all these years of boating.
He will be so missed . Respectfully, Jim and Vanessa Blair

Norm & Elaine Semrau

October 27, 2012

Karen & Family,
We were so saddened by the news of Dick's passing. What a pleasure it has been to have known Dick for the last number of summers when he and Karen cruised the North Channel. We will miss his kind and gentle presence. We are thinking of Dick's family at this difficult time, and we wish you peace and love.
Norm & Elaine Semrau

Patricia Martis-Smit

October 27, 2012

Dear Karen,
We have lost a wonderful friend and a true gentleman. He has pulled the hook and headed to port. Dick will truly be missed. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you.
Thinking of you,
Jim and Pat Smit

October 26, 2012

Dearest Karen,
Lori and I are profoundly saddened by Dick leaving us all way too soon. We had no time to plan for his departure. His ship has sailed and we can only send you and your family our deepest sympathies. He was a remarkable man and friend. He left behind the very best First Mate imaginable. Mike Kluck and Lori Harbour

October 26, 2012

Karen, Bonnie and Bill: The Pfeiffer's have many happy memories of sailing around the Great Lakes with you. Dick was just a great guy. Paul and I are glad we ran into to two at the football tailgate recently.
Love to you and your family. Dick will be missed!
Paul, Jan, Andy, Kristen and Erica Pfeiffer.

October 26, 2012

Karen, Billy & Bonnie,
I am very sorry to hear the loss of your husband and Dad. I have so many fond memories of all of us growing up together and all of the fun times that we shared. I am thinking of all of you and wish you peace and wonderful memories. I know that Dick and my Dad are watching over all of us. Thinking of you.
Dawn Japinga Deak