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Eugene Robinson

| August 24, 2005 12:00 AM

Eugene Allen Robinson, 73, a former Troy resident and chief of police, died in Canton, Ohio following a lengthy illness.

He was born on July 4, 1932, at Shelton, Wash., to Theodore and Fern Robinson.

Educated at Napavine, Wash., Eugene joined the U.S. Army in December 1950 and fought in the Korean War.

Eugene earned the national defense service medal, the army occupation medal in Germany, the good conduct medal and a bronze clasp. He attended anti-aircraft artillery school in Japan and was honorably discharged in December 1960, with the rank of sergeant first class.

In 1969 he moved to Libby where he worked as a security guard for the Zonolite Company.

A year later Eugene moved to Troy as a police officer, was chief of police, 1974-1976, and then worked as chief security officer and parttime patrolman at Asarco.

Eugene moved to Eureka, Calif., in 1979, and worked as an armed security guard for the Burns Detective Agency and for the state until he became disabled.

He lived in Colorado and Oregon before moving to Ohio.

A kind man who loved hunting, fishing and camping, Eugene made friends wherever he lived and will be missed by all who knew him.

His family is grateful for the caring staff at Cambridge Home Health Center, the Hospice of Stark County and the staff at Smith Ambulance Services.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, grandsons Eugene Haacke and James Preuss and his dearest friend, Joe Rummel.

Survivors include his children, Diane and John Caves, Brighton, Colo.; Sheila and Craig Haessly, Canton, Ohio; William Robinson, Canton; Robert and Cindy Robinson, Duvall, Wash.; brothers LeRoy Robinson in Nevada and Dale Robinson in Oregon, sister Anita Westman in California, 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, adopted daughter Cindy Felix, and special caregiver Laverne Draper, as well as special friends Mellisa, Glen and Cheryl from Hospice of Stark County.

Funeral services were conducted at the Williams Funeral Home in Canton with the Rev. Glen Shedlock officiating.

Burial followed in North Lawn Cemetery in Canton.

Memorials may be sent to Sheila Haessly, 1011 23rd St. N.W., Canton, OH 44709

Arrangements were under direction of Williams Funeral Home.