BUCYRUS: Johnie Ivy “J.I.” Robinson, 67, of 1218 Poe Road, Bucyrus, died peacefully June 9, 2010 at OSU Medical Center due to complications of a motorcycle accident.

He was born on May 22, 1943 in Rolling Fork, Mississippi and was the son of the late Johnie and Ivy (Williamson) Robinson. He attended Bucyrus City Schools until enlisting in the United States Army. Upon his discharge, he returned to school to receive his diploma. Johnie married Diana (Wolf) Robinson on June 20, 1980.

In addition to his wife of 29 years, Johnie is survived by his four children, Kellie Robinson of Hollywood, CA, Frankie and Maria Miller of GA, Kyle Robinson of Broken Arrow, OK, and Tina (Lyons) and Brian Shell of New Washington; grandchildren, Derek Shell, Frankie Hidalgo, Daniel Miller, Rudy Arias, Krista, Sebastian, Anastasia, Grayson, Gunnar and Maxwell Robinson; siblings, Mary Edwards of Ashland, Bobby Wilson of Mt. Gilead, Charlene (Glenn) Ross of Chatfield, Pauline Messer of Bucyrus, William (Pam) Robinson of Sulphur Springs and Paul (Tami) Robinson of Bucyrus.

Johnie loved spending time with his family, fishing with his grandson, riding and driving horses, flying airplanes and riding motorcycles. He gave his time to raise money for charities and was a friend you could count on. He was employed at the former Swan Rubber Hose and the Timken Company for 36 years before retiring in 2005.

Johnie was a 32 Degree Mason and belonged to the following organizations: Bucyrus Masonic Lodge #139 F&AM where he served as the Worshipful Master, Bucyrus Royal Arch Masons Chapter #160 where he served as High Priest, Past District Deputy Grand High Priest and was the Grand Representative to Grand Chapter of Mississippi, Bucyrus Council Royal and Select Masons where he served as Illustrious Master and Secretary, Marion Commandery Knights Templar, Mohican Council Allied Masonic Degrees where he served as Sovereign Master, Bucyrus Chapter #3, Order of the Eastern Star where he served as Worthy Patron and Grand Aide.

Friends may call at Wise Funeral Service Monday, June 14, 2010 after 12 noon where the family will receive visitors from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. An Eastern Star Service will be observed at 5:30 p.m. and a Masonic service will be observed at 5:45 p.m. A funeral will be held Tuesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 12:30 with visitation one hour prior. Eagle Bear Burling will officiate the services and the American Legion Post #181 will provide full military rites following the service. Following his wishes, Johnie will be cremated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through the funeral home to Masonic Temple Company for new carpet in the lodge, Diabetic Kids Camp, or Relay for Life.

Online condolences may be made at


In Lieu of Flowers…

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to any of the following organizations that Dad was very active in:

Masonic Temple Company
Diabetic Kids Fund
Crawford County Relay For Life

Checks can be sent to:
Wise Funeral Home
129 West Warren Street
Bucyrus, Ohio 44820

Calling Hours/Service Information

Calling hours will be held Monday, June 14.

Wise Funeral Home
129 West Warren Street
Bucyrus, Ohio 44820

The family will be at Wise from 2-4:00pm and from 6-9pm.  The funeral home will be open at noon for anyone who cannot come during calling hours.  A Masonic service will be held on Monday at 5:45pm at Wise.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 15 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (130 South Walnut Street, Bucyrus).  Viewing will be at 11:30am and the service with Military honors will be at 12:30pm.

A celebration dinner will be held on Tuesday, June 15 at the Country Fairgrounds in the Youth Building from 3-6pm.

We will post information on where to send donations in lieu of flowers as soon as we have the information.

June 9, 2010

Well, Dad is as tough as they come, but as Derek, his grandson, said, God was needing a fishing buddy and his Grandpa is the best there is.  Anyone who knows Dad can probably hear him saying that it was his time to “kick the bucket”.  I have to laugh when I type this because anytime someone passes, he would always let us know by saying, “well, so and so kicked the bucket”.  He left us peacefully on his own in the early morning knowing he was on his way to his great reward!

Dad is obviously loved by so many people and will be greatly missed, but we all can take comfort in knowing that now he can help even more people than he did in life and he will be watching over all of us.  He would want us all to be celebrating his life.

The funeral service details have not been finalized as of yet, but we will post as soon as soon as we know.  We will be using Wise Funeral Home at 129 W. Warren Street, Bucyrus, Ohio 44820 (419.562.6811).

Tentatively, calling hours will be on Monday, June 14 and the service will be on Tuesday with a Celebration Dinner to be held at the Fairgrounds in the Youth Building (time tbd).  As soon as date/time are confirmed, we will post.

Finally, we have so much love, admiration and respect for the doctors, nurses and staff at Ohio State Medical Center SICU for their compassion and the excellent care that they gave Dad.  They are some of the most amazing people on earth and I’m convinced that they are all angels sent here to take care of families and patients who need them most.

Please continue to post your comments and stories (the crazier the better!) about Dad and any photos.  Diane and the rest of us would enjoy hearing them.

Thanks so much to all of you.

Day 12

This morning five doctors spoke with us and told us that, although they wish they had a crystal ball, they don’t and is impossible to tell the future. All they can do is tell us what medical science points to and at this point his outcome is not good. They don’t see a full recovery in his future and think that his current state does not lend itself to a fully functional lifestyle.

This morning his heart continued struggling to remain steady, his blood pressure is very unstable and continues to drop, his kidneys have stopped functioning all together and he is running  fever. We feel like this is Dad’s way of telling us that he doesn’t want to be stuck with a feeding tube, respirator or have to have help doing his daily activities and that he will probably go get his reward tonight or tomorrow. If you would like to come see him we welcome you to the hospital during visiting hours. 5-6am, 10-2pm, 5-7pm and 9-10pm.

Your prayers, and words of encouragement are still welcomed and appreciated.

Monday, June 7

The doctors told us Dad would have ups and downs over this past week and he is rapidly declining.  He continues to be in a coma and while completely off of pain medication and sedation, he is completely non responsive.  He is no longer responding to the medication keeping his heart regulated and while he needs to be on dialysis, he cannot be due to the fact that it would be too hard on his body.  He is on triple antibiotics for infection, his white blood count is elevated and his blood sugar level is elevated as well.  Dad’s blood pressure is up and down and he has a very low diastolic number.  The latest CT scan showed that his brain damage has increased due to the strokes.

I would like to ask everyone to continue to pray and especially keep Diane in your thoughts.  I respectfully ask you to please use this forum for your well wishes and comments rather than calling her.  While she appreciates them, it is difficult and overwhelming and her time needs to be spent focusing on Dad.  We have all been reading your comments and they give us strength and are so greatly appreciated.

Love to all of you,

Hospital Information

For those of you who don’t already know, Dad is at Ohio State University Medical Center – Doan Hall in the SICU on 4th Floor.  SICU visiting hours are 5:00am-6:00am, 10:00am-2:00pm, 5:00pm-7:00pm and 9:00pm-10:00pm.