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Max E. Robinson
Max E. RobinsonWheatMax E. Robinson died peacefully at his home on February 15, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on January 30, 1927 in Marysville to Walter W. Robinson and Emma Parrott Robinson. He spent his 92 years dedicated to the family farm. Max graduated from Leesburg Magnetic High School in 1945 then went on to proudly serve in the U.S. Army during WWII before he married his high school sweetheart and lifetime love, Patty (Cramer) Robinson on August 28, 1947.

Rooted in an unceasing faith and a rare humility, he led his family not by word, but by action. He was, first and foremost, a farmer and steward of the land. He dedicated his life to investing in the farming legacy passing down his work ethic, lessons, and loyalty. His ingenuity left no problem unsolved as heíd weld, rig or makeshift his own answers. In the 1950s he and his cousin Leroy Cunningham formed a longtime Cunningham & Robinson partnership, which led to adventures he retold for many years.

His servant heart was evident as he poured it into his community. As a leader and involved committeeman, he honored traditions, yet embraced community betterment and solidarity as he witnessed change over the decades of his life. He served on school boards and drove a school bus for districts in northern Union County. He was a Union County Commissioner for 20 years and instrumental in securing land to build Honda of America. He was also a visionary in the establishment and development of The Gables. He chaired several committees including the LUC Commission, Union County Republican Party, Memorial Hospital of Union County Board, Union County Board of Elections, and he was a 50 year member of the Union County Republican Central Committee. He was also a lifetime member of the Pharisburg United Methodist Church.

His quiet strength and loving heart was never questioned. He graciously and generously gave the gift of time. His family, friends and neighbors were each uniquely blessed by his uncanny ability to unconditionally give just what was needed. Nothing pleased him more than driving the buggy cart next to the combine in the fall, tinkering in the shop, a Gator ride to the garden in the spring, a long day mowing the ditches, and engineering his homemade projects, such as a tool to expedite a farming process or a weatherproof dog house for his border collie. He always believed in having a good farm dog. Max lived well, loved deeply, and influenced many. He will be greatly missed and forever remembered.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Donald L. Robinson, and son-in-law John H. Marshall. He is survived by his wife, Patty, and children, Beth Marshall and Jeff and Julie Robinson, all of Marysville; his grandchildren Amy and Bob Hartman, Lindsay and Joe Altizer, Marc Marshall, Ashley and Rob Thompson, Erin and Pablo Russo, Hailey and Will Rorie, and McKenzie and Nathan Price; and his great-grandchildren Gianni, Marissa, Addison, Max, Graham, Liam, Griffin, Quinn, Levi, and Micah Rose. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Merle and Mona Robinson, sister-in-law, Ruth Robinson, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

A service to celebrate his life will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Pharisburg United Methodist Church with Pastors Joe Rhea and Judy Cramer officiating. The Richwood Area Veterans will conduct military honors and burial will follow at Claibourne Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Richwood.

The family is incredibly grateful for the skilled care provided to Max by Loving Care Hospice as well as caretakers Tonja and Ella in his final days. The ongoing bedside comfort and care from his most favorite nurse, Erin Russo, will forever be appreciated. Memorial gifts may be made to Loving Care Hospice, P. O. Box 613, Marysville, OH 43040, Honor Flight, and Pharisburg United Methodist Church, 13317 St. Rt. 347, Marysville, OH 43040.

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#1 from: Stinemetz Family
Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 4:52 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time.  Max was a great person and he will be missed by all.  
The Stinemetz Family.  

#2 from: Judy Hall Baker
Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 6:04 PM

So very sorry for your loss, Max will be missed greatly, my thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of healing.

#3 from: Charles & Peggy Hall
Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 6:21 PM

We want to express our condolences to Patty and the family.  He will definitely be missed.  He will be remembered by many.  Prayers are with Patty and the extended family.

Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 6:32 PM

Patty, Beth, and Jeff . . . So sorry to hear about Max's passing. Your whole family were great neighbors to our family. I'm sure he will be missed. We are thinking of your family and are offering our sympathy.

#5 from: Pat Kyle Beatley
Russell's Point
Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 6:43 PM

Patty, Beth, Jeff, Julie, and family,  I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Max.  I know how much your loss will hurt.  Please accept my sincere sympathy and know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

#6 from: Teresa Rockenbaugh
Richwood, ohii
Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 7:14 PM

So sad and sorry for your lost .
His smile would light the room and he always could make me laugh!  He will be missed.

#7 from: Barb Eastman
Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 7:39 PM

He will surely be missed but he is leaving so many memories.

#8 from: Dave and Deb (Tevis) Clayton
Marion, Ohio
Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 7:49 PM

Patty, Beth, Jeff/Julie and families:
We were blessed to have known Max over 40 years. He was a true farmer and humanitarian...Sending prayers and condolences to all the family. God just received another Angel in Heaven.
Dave and Deb

#9 from: Renetta & Rona Penix
Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 8:01 PM

Words canít describe the loss of someone so amazing, so influential  and so giving. Always remember he instilled these things in each of you and you are blessed to carry on his legacy!  God gained an angel to watch over you and guide you in your days, until you meet again, never goodbye.   May you find comfort in the days ahead, our prayer is for the Lord to comfort and keep you each in his arms!

#10 from: Traci Hoffman
West Mansfield
Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 8:16 PM

I am so sorry to hear of Max's passing. He was a wonderful man. Sending prayers of comfort and healing to the entire family.  

#11 from: Rick and Sharon Rodger
Marysville, Ohio
Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 8:28 PM

Our hearts are full when remembering Max, his legacy in Union County and his wonderful family.   We were so sorry to hear of his passing but also know he is in a better place and is home.  We will keep your family in our prayers.  

#12 from: Bill and Beth Parish
Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 8:35 PM

What a remarkable legacy Max left to all of you...a life well lived in thought, word, and deed.  Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.  God Bless.

#13 from: TJ Rockenbaugh
Nashville, TN
Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 8:36 PM

Jeff,Julie and family,
Sending deepest sympathies and prayers your way!

As one of his dedicated ďseasonal workersĒ, I will never forget his coolers of water and bologna sandwiches tucked in the homemade cooler, mounted on the front of 4020. He took great care of us, and of the  thousands of  bales of straw, the memories are just as numerous. During my last visit home I was able to catch up with he and Patty. Before I left, he reminded once again, of the ONE time, a wagon I loaded, found its way onto Rt.4. ďLoad your wagon cut side back, Mr. Rockenbaugh. I only made that mistake once....

#14 from: Paula Price
Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 9:15 PM

So very sorry for your loss.  Yet another great farmer taking his well deserved spot in Heaven.
You will all be in my prayers.
Paula and Gary Price and family

#15 from: Tonya Davis Payne
Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 9:53 PM

Patty, Beth, Jeff, Julie and families - Max was a wonderful man and admired by many.  My thoughts and prayers are with you all, as you mourn the loss of your loved one.  Sincerely, Tonya

#16 from: Dan Foos
Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 10:25 PM

Leesburg Township has lost a good man and Heaven has gained one.  Deepest sympathy to  the entire family, may you all continue as he would want you to.  God Bless,
Dan and Darlene Foos

#17 from: johna nibert
Fri, Feb 15, 2019 at 10:41 PM

Patty and family so sorry to hear of Max passing. You have my sympathy . Thinking of you
             Johna Nibert

#18 from: Jan Dunn l
Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 6:09 AM

My sincere sympathy to all the family.  A life well lived with Memories Forever.

#19 from: Scott Thrush Family
Plain City
Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 7:10 AM

One of my very favorite memories growing up was visiting my Grandpa Krebehenne during the Christmas season and seeing what farm implement Max had lit up in lights across the street.  A great friend and neighbor to many, he will be missed but or forgotten.

#20 from: Pat Krebehenne
Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 9:07 AM

To the whole family--Your loss will be felt by so many.  Max was such a loving, giving thoughtful man.  He and Larry had so many wonderful visits in the past year, reliving some great memories.  You will all cherish those memories and the many things he taught you.  Love and prayers are with all of you.  Pat Krebehenne and family

#21 from: Jerry Moore
Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 11:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Max passing. Another stalwart gone from our community.

#22 from: Paul and Molly Tevis
Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 11:21 AM

Jeff and Julie Sorry to hear that your Dad passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Paul and Molly

#23 from: Stacey ,Kevin and Morgan Robinson
Grain Valley, Mo
Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 11:24 AM

Aunt Patty, Beth and Jeff, thinking of you all and sending prayers to you for peace and comfort.  What a long full life he lived and so many lives hes touched.  Love to you all!

#24 from: Joan Elliott Wagner
South Carolina formerly Mt Victory, Oh
Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 1:01 PM

Beth ,My condolences for our loss. It is difficult to let go , but God has great plans for your father. May God wrap His loving arms around you and the family. Decolores

#25 from: Sherry Northrup Pirics
Sidney Ohio
Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 1:04 PM

My prayers are with your family at this time.

#26 from: Pam McCloud Endsley
Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 1:11 PM

Patty and family. Iím sorry for your loss.  My thoughts and prayers to all of you during this difficult time. God is definitely welcoming a special person into his kingdom.

#27 from: Linn and Colleen Fiant
Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 1:19 PM

Patty, Beth, Jeff & Julie and family...our hearts are sad for you  as you walk through this season of loss. Max was a unique man, with so many great qualities, a man of faith, generous, kind, caring and you all carry on many of those same qualities.  So his legacy is in place and may many see how the Robinson family was led through him for 92 years..carry on! Linn and Colleen Fiant

#28 from: Gary Nibert
Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 1:46 PM


#29 from: Mark Kemp
Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 2:22 PM

What a great man. The community will miss his presence. Godís peace to all his family.

#30 from: Terry and Barb Kemp
Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 4:02 PM

What a Special Man that will be truly missed by all that knew him.  We send each and every one of maxís family our deepest sympathy and hugs to all thru this difficult time.  RIP dear Max.

#31 from: Ray and Donna Smalley
Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 6:13 PM

Our sympathy and prayers to the Robinson family. We we're saddened to hear of Max's passing.

Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 7:12 PM

We send sincere sympathy to the family of Max Robinson.  We always found him to be a kind and friendly man who spoke and treated us as friends.  His service to his community and county was outstanding.  The Richwood Fair Board appreciated his help to them through the years. He will be missed by many.  We always enjoy seeing Patty's smiling face.  A wonderful family!

#33 from: Ron & Lavone Eastman
Mt. Victory, Oh.
Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 9:37 PM

So very sorry for the loss of your loved one. You have our sympathy and prayers.

#34 from: Donald W Ballard
New Albany
Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 10:12 PM

Patty and the Robinson family. So sorry to learn of Max's passing. †May he RIP.

#35 from: Pam Simpson
Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 10:47 PM

Jeff and Julie Iím sorry for your loss my prayers for all of your family

#36 from: Sam&Janice Foos
marysville, ohio
Sat, Feb 16, 2019 at 11:05 PM

We remember Max for his kindness, for family, and neighbors. The last time we saw him was at Danny Cramer's visitation and he hadn't been feeling too well but he still thought he had to get up and talk to us. He's now part of our past but that doesn't mean we can't all be better for the experience of having known him. God bless all who knew him.

#37 from: Clancy Cruise
Sun, Feb 17, 2019 at 7:57 AM

Beautiful story. Super family. Love and prayers for all!

#38 from: Ken & Carol Denman
Sun, Feb 17, 2019 at 12:19 PM

Condolences to the family! Being on the Union County Airport Authority, it was a real pleasure working with Max as a County Commissioner. His integrity was unquestable! Beth, sorry you lost your dad, but he is above with all the goods guys now!

#39 from: Jerry & Peg Gray Weaver
Sun, Feb 17, 2019 at 4:40 PM

Patty, Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your families. Max was a big part of Union County and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. May God bless you with His peace and comfort in the days ahead.

#40 from: Don and Kelly Worstell
Sun, Feb 17, 2019 at 4:53 PM

Jeff, Julie and family - so sorry for your loss.  Thinking of you all and hoping for peace and comfort in the coming days

#41 from: Bruce and Becky Beery
Sun, Feb 17, 2019 at 7:19 PM

Our deepest sympathy to all. Max was a wonderful person always willing to lend a hand. He was such a pillar to the community and will be hard to fill that gap. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of grief.

#42 from: Beckie Congrove
Sun, Feb 17, 2019 at 10:58 PM

Dear Patty, Beth, Jeff and Family,  
We were so sorry to learn of your loss-he will be sorely
missed in this County.  Our thoughts and prayers are
with you all.  Sincerely,

Mike and Beckie Congrove

#43 from: Marge Retterer
Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 7:16 AM

PATTi and family I am so sorry to hear about Maxís passing.  He was a good man and will be missed!

#44 from: Cris Rodriguez (Foltz)
Nipomo, CA
Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 11:02 AM

A wonderful man who lived life to its fullest with, love, faith and humility. I have always had happy childhood memories of going to the farm with my family when we were in town. Our family sends their heart felt sympathy and prayers to all. He will be missed here on earth. Now God has a strong warrior in heaven to watch over you all.

#45 from: Susan and Jen Davis
Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 11:18 AM

The family and community have lost such a wonderful role model. We will always remember him as the "spirited" hard working man who was capable of telling us stories about life in Marysville over the decades and life shared with my mother and Jen's grandmother, Marjorie Laird, that we never would have known any other way. We think of you as family and our prayers are with you during this difficult time.

#46 from: Jo & Jim Mayers
Marco Island, FL
Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 12:30 PM

I still have an old black & white photo of Max and my brother, John Ed, standing in front of Magnetic Springs High School. They were great friends, and we often saw Max around our place, partly because he was sweet on our favorite next door neighbor girl, Patty Cramer.  Both Max and John Ed joined the service after graduation and it should be noted that shortly after their enlistments, both Germany and Japan surrendered!  In offering blessings of comfort to Patty, Jeff, Beth and all of the family, know that we will miss him dearly too. Max was a great person and a wonderful friend. If the Good Lord has any farm machinery around Heaven, and none of it is green, that will soon change upon Max's arrival.

#47 from: Larry Northrup
Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 12:57 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with your family, Jeff. Your Dad was truly a great man. He will be missed.
Larry Northrup

#48 from: Oscar Hatmaker
Northern Union County
Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 2:35 PM

So sorry to hear about the loss of Max. He has been a good neighbor to our  neighborhood and to my children. He and Jeff gave my children the love for farming. He will be missed

#49 from: Fred Smith
Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 2:53 PM

To the family of Max,I send my condolences.May the memories comfort the family.

#50 from: Rhonda Wright
Orland park
Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 7:50 PM

Jeff and Family, So sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy.

#51 from: Ned & Terry Bumgarner
Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 8:11 PM

Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.  He was a special person and will be missed.  Cherish the many memories.

#52 from: Bill and Karen Kusey
Richwood, OH
Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 10:33 PM

Bill and I offer our sincere condolences to the Robinson family.

#53 from: Patty Stofcheck
Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 12:27 AM

Heaven gained another great man~ Max was a steward to the land, a leader in his community and was nothing but loyal and loving to his family.  The life lessons he quietly taught were very much absorbed by all who had the privilege to watch and learn from him and I see this first hand in each and every one of his family members.  Kyle and Iís lives have been richly blessed by knowing this wonderful man and there is no doubt our Father above, at the end of his road said to him, well done good and faithful servant! Happy planting and harvesting with my dad~

#54 from: Kay and John coder
Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 8:34 AM

We are sorry for the loss of Max so many people will have great memories of him !!! One will always think them as Patty and Max

#55 from: Stacie and Vernon Beltz
Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 8:44 AM

Jeff, Julie and the Robinson family.
We send our deepest sympathies for the loss of a wonderful father, husband, and grandfather.
May your hearts be filled with wonderful memories to sustain you, till You all meet again, in the kingdom of heaven.
The Beltz family.....

#56 from: Dan & Judy
Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 10:26 AM

So sorry for your loss. Max was a very special kind man who will be greatly missed. We always enjoyed him and Patty coming in to the Old Town Inn. We will be thinking of your family and sending prayers.

#57 from: Connie Godwin
Tue, Feb 19, 2019 at 10:42 AM

Max and Patty and family have been a major part of my life since I was born...my second mom and dad.  Max was a very good man who will be remembered for a very long time. My condolences to a very special family.  Connie Godwin

#58 from: Carl Conrad
Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 9:27 AM

Patti, Jeff, Julie, Beth and all,
I  just want you to know that I am thinking of you all during this difficult time. Thankful that you had many years to share with your Husband, Dad, Grandfather.

#59 from: James, Larry & Cindy Carsey
Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 10:20 AM

We are just so sorry for your loss. We'll be praying for peace and comfort for you all.

#60 from: Michaela Lugo
Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 12:30 PM

Max was a faithful customer at the Magnetic Springs Cafe, which is where I met him. He was a sweetheart with a sweet tooth. I quickly memorized his order, and loved seeing him every time the front door opened.

#61 from: Ted and Maureen Grener
Port Charlotte, FL
Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 4:16 PM

My sincerest heartfelt condolences to Patty, Jeff and Julie and all of the Robinson families. Max was on my mind again as Ted called a friend in Richwood to hear how he was doing.  We were both shocked and saddened to hear that Max had gone to his rest in the hands of the Lord.  What a rock he was, and what a great neighbor to us when we lived on Rt. 4.  He was a man that walked his faith and told great stories and provided help to anyone who needed it. I will never forget you Sir.  You weret the kindest, most gentle, noble man that I have had the pleasure to have known in my life.  Till we meet again in the Good Place.

#62 from: CHARLES E WILLIAMS (Doc)
Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 5:29 PM

Patty and Family. I am so sorry for your loss. One often hears " he was one of a kind or there will never be another like him." For Max, that rings so true. I will miss seeing him in the fields.

#63 from: Angela (Davis) Phipps
Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 9:22 PM

Jeff and family so sorry for your loss...my thoughts and prayers are with each of you

#64 from: Mary Howell
Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 10:05 PM

Dear Patty and family, Iím so sorry to hear of your loss!  I always  enjoyed seeing Max and you at the Magnetic Springs Cafe for lunch.  Max always had a friendly smile that made you feel good!  Patty you and your family are in my prayers for comfort at this difficult time!

#65 from: Craig cope
Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 10:24 PM

Just heard Max passed,youall have my family's condolences and prayers,RIP MAX

#66 from: Zeke and Judy Riedmiller
Columbus OH
Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 9:13 AM

Patty, Beth, Jeff, and Julie,

We are so sorry to hear about Max's passing. Deepest sympathy and condolences.

Zeke and Judy Riedmiller

#67 from: Roger W. Daymude
Fri, Feb 22, 2019 at 8:18 PM

I'll miss seeing Max's friendly face. He was a Pillar of the community and he will be missed.

#68 from: Vonnie Wasserbeck
Thu, Mar 7, 2019 at 10:37 AM

There aren't enough words to describe this man. He  was so loved and will be sorely missed.  Our condolences to the whole family.

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