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Charles and Barbara Robinson

Sunday, February 2, 2003

Charles T. Robinson, 66, and his wife, Barbara J. Robinson, 64, of Sterling, Ill., died Nov. 24, 2002, in an automobile accident which also claimed the life of Charles' mother, Helen Thorup.

Born July 24, 1936, in Harvard, Ill., Charles was the son of Charles F.W. Robinson and Helen Andrew Robinson Thorup.

Born May 6, 1938, in Chicago, Barbara was the daughter of Robert and Florence Strain.

The couple married March 2, 1956, in Harvard.

Charles started his career as a draftsman at Woodstock Die Casting and later moved to Rockford, Ill., and was employed at National Lock as a die designer. In 1969 he moved his family to Sterling where he was a partner and later became president of Micro Industries. He was a member of National Association of Die Casters and was a member and past president of Rock River Country Club.

He enjoyed golf, tennis, boating and racing and building cars.

Barbara was owner and manager of Courtyard Apartments in Sterling for 30 years. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and Rock River Country Club. She enjoyed golf, tennis, bowling, cycling, scuba diving, skiing, traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. She was a volunteer, officer and member of many service organizations including American Cancer Society and Whiteside County Republican Women's Club.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law -- Lance and Gina Robinson; a daughter and son-in-law -- Gail and Kyle Lawrence of Sweetwater, Texas; Charles' sister, Gloria Anderson of Sterling; Barbara's sister and brother-in-law -- Marilyn and Joseph Stepon of LeClaire, Iowa; and seven grandchildren.

They were preceded in death by a son, Mark, and a daughter in infancy, Susan.

The funeral was Nov. 30 at Schilling Funeral Home with the Rev. Joseph Snider, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial followed at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Harvard.