John Robinson

Obituary of John Robinson

John Montanye Robinson Jr., 91, of Spring Mills, PA, passed away on February 25, 2017. Born in Wilkes-Barre, PA on September 3, 1925, he was the son of Colonel John M. Robinson and Edith Craig Nicholson. He graduated from Mercersburg Academy and after serving his country in the Navy aboard a minesweeper during World War II, graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He went on to design and build bridges for the B.G. Coon and Sordoni construction companies.

Robbie was active in his community as a Mason, a Shriner and a Rotarian. He loved music, dancing, his dogs and was a voracious reader. It was the hours he spent outside that brought him his greatest pleasure. Whether it was mowing his lawn, gardening, golfing, fly fishing or bird hunting, he found great solace in the natural world. He was fortunate to have wintered in Great Harbour Cay, Bahamas where he developed deep friendships that he cherished. He attributed his long life to the consumption of gin and donuts.

Robbie is survived by his six children. Marcy Robinson, Barrington, NH; Amy Robinson, Hammondsport, NY; Jane Brey, Ambler, PA; Marjorie Foltzer, Lewisburg, PA; John Robinson, Dallas, PA; Leigh Anthony, Larksville, PA; three stepchildren, Caren S. Aikens, Boalsburg, PA; Charles T. Aikens III, Bellefonte, PA; Randolph G. Aikens, Boalsburg, PA. He is survived also by twelve grandchildren, four step grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife of 24 years, Ruth G. Robinson, a stepdaughter, Ruth M. Aikens and an infant daughter, Lindsay Robinson.

Visitation will be from 9 -1O:30 A.M .followed by a 10:30 A.M. service on Saturday, March 4 at the Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton St., State College. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, or 3908 Corey Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109.

Arrangements are under the care of Koch Funeral Home, State College. Online condolences and signing of the guest book may be entered at