Dale Edward Robinson, 54, of South Jacksonville, died Wednesday, August 1, 2012, at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
He was born March 2, 1958, in Jacksonville, the son of John H. “Jack” and Helen Vieira Robinson, and they preceded him in death. He married Diana F. Drummond on June 6, 1998, in Jacksonville, and she survives.
He is also survived by one son, Joshua Martin Robinson at home; one brother, Stan Robinson, special aunt Judy Vieira,and mother-in-law Dorothy Menge, all of Jacksonville; and several aunts, cousins and an uncle.
Mr. Robinson was a 1976 graduate of Routt Catholic High School, and then attended Lincoln Land Community College. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Sangamon State University (UIS) and began working toward his Master’s Degree when he accepted a position with the Illinois Secretary of State. He worked there for 29 years, first at the Driver’s License Exam Station in Jacksonville before becoming Assistant to the Deputy Director in Springfield. He was a member of Church of Our Saviour. Dale loved “The Andy Griffith Show”, and had co-written two books about the show with his cousin David Fernandes. He enjoyed baseball, from playing to watching the Cardinals to trading cards on eBay. He also enjoyed watching football, especially the New York Giants, playing trivia and spending time with his cats. Dale loved being with his entire family, and was especially proud of his son, Josh.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Church of Our Saviour, with burial at Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Monday at the Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville, where the family will meet friends 5-7 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the family for the Josh Robinson Education Fund or to the Mia Ware Foundation. Condolences may be left at www.buchanancody.com.