November 11, 1937 ~ September 17, 2020

Born in: Akron, OH
Resided in: copley, OH

David J. Robinson was born in Akron, Ohio on November 11, 1937. Being the oldest of nine children, he was always there for his family. His sense of responsibility and caring for others was evident over the years and he was always ready to help when needed. He is predeceased by his parents, George and Martha Robinson, and his in-laws Lanford and Beulah Croskey.

He is survived by his wife and best friend, Laura (Croskey) married 60 years, and his daughters Nancy Zahn of Dalton, GA, Judy Wallace (Jim) of Akron, granddaughters April Wickes (James) of Dalton, GA, Jennifer Taylor (Zack) of Sylvania, GA, Paige McKinney (Andrew), Madison McKinney (Jon) of Akron, Gabrielle Wallace of Akron, Darin Fink (Cindy) of Akron. He was blessed to be able to enjoy his great-grandchildren Adison, Beau, Eden, Nora and Elijah, who will arrive in December, all from Georgia and Leah, Samantha, Emily and Cameron, all of Akron, Ohio.

He will be missed by all of his brothers and sisters and their children, Paul & Annmarie Robinson, Jim & Nancy Robinson, Robert & Michele Robinson, Richard & June Robinson, Michael & Denise Robinson, Kathleen & Ron Little, Maryanne & Jerry Myslinski, Susie & Scott Turpin. He will be missed by special family Susan Watkins and Lowell & Cheryl Croskey. At last count, there are 18 nieces and nephews and 30 great nieces and nephews who will miss him greatly.

Dave graduated from Garfield High school in 1955 and went on to the University of Akron where he received his BSEE in 1963. He took a position at NASA’s Lewis Research in Cleveland. He received his master’s degree in Engineering from Case Tech in Cleveland in 1967. After a few years, he decided to try teaching and became a professor at the University of Akron’s Community & Technical College. He became a full professor and was at the university until his retirement in 1996. Being the ardent student, always wanting to learn something new, he went back to school and entered the University of Akron’s School of Law where he received his Law Degree in 1976. This opened doors to help even more people as he practiced elder law from his home office. The door was always open, people came to him for advice and he was there to help. Dave was community minded and enjoyed working on projects. Over the years he was part of the U of A Faculty Board, Leadership Akron Council, Copley-Norton Lions Club, Akron Bar Association, Copley Township Board of Zoning Appeals, Guardian Angels Catholic Church Holy Name Society. He also enjoyed all his friends at Copley United Methodist Church.

Our hearts are heavy with the sadness of not being able to be with him now, but we know that he is at peace and happy in the loving arms of his Lord Jesus Christ. Everyone who knew Dave enjoyed his sense of humor as well as his sense of honor. He always had a funny story to share or a word of encouragement for everyone.

A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, September 24th at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Copley, Ohio. Visitation will be at the church beginning at 10:00 am and mass at 11:00 am. COVID PROTOCOLS will be in place, therefore masks will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be practiced. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Crossroads Hospice, 3743 Boettler Oaks Dr, Ste E, Uniontown, OH 44685, The Copley Outreach Center, 1502 S. Cleveland-Mass Rd, Copley, OH 44321 or the charity of your choice.

A live stream of the service will be available on the Hummel Funeral Homes Facebook page. Click here to find the live stream.


Mass: September 24, 2020 11:00 - 12:00 pm

Guardian Angels Catholic Church
1676 S Cleveland Massillon Rd
Copley, OH 44321

(330) 666-1373

Calling Hours: September 24, 2020 10:00 - 11:00 am

Guardian Angels Catholic Church
1676 S Cleveland Massillon Rd
Copley, OH 44321

(330) 666-1373

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  1. Hey Dave I’m not sure what to do with out you? But like you always say, “ You’ll figure it out”. I hope so I miss you.


  2. Dearest Uncle Dave… Always smiling. Always joking. Always kind, generous with words, thoughtful, and gentle. I remember being a little girl and attending big Robinson family parties at Uncle Dave and Aunt Laura’s house, always hosted with such open arms. Uncle Dave was a special person and will be so missed — and always remembered with much love.

  3. Dear family and friends of this special man,
    Dave was always easy to like during our time at Garfield and through the years. Though our paths were not close and we met only at reunions of late, I have always respected Dave and felt blessed to have a man of such dignity think of me as a friend. You have provided a beautiful tribute here to Dave and I thank you for it. May God Bless and comfort you each one during his funeral service and beyond.
    Garfield classmate,
    Bob Archer and wife Carol

  4. Dave,
    t has been many years since we connected bI often speak highly of you top my ourselves. I will always remember the good times we had as I was growing up. I will never forget your wedding and how proud I was to be a part of it. I always speak highly of you to my many friends and explain what a brilliant mind you were, your many accomplishments and your uncanny sense of humor. You will live forever in my heart. Now you can go and be with mom and our grandparents, aunts and uncles. God bless you Dave!

  5. David, I will miss you so very much, but I will carry you in my heart. You were always there for me – always! You never criticized or judged but loved me as your sister and for who I am. You and Laura have made such a great impact in my life through the years. We were miles apart but always made time to “catch up” on the telephone. I remember your song you taught us …. “Roadside Apples by My Feet” … which always puts a smile on my face. Your laughter, jokes, positive attitude, ambition, accomplishments, and care you gave to so many is truly special and beautiful. Your love for Laura and your children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren is what the word “Family” stands for; but Family for you always included your siblings too. Family is everything next to God. My heart hurts deeply but I am happy you are safe in Heaven. I am blessed to have you as my brother in life and after. I love you David.

  6. David, what a wonderful brother-in-law you were to me … such an amazing and caring person. You always made me laugh with your jokes. I enjoyed our golf games even though I let you win. Thank you for everything. You will always be remembered.

  7. Laura, daughters and family,

    David will fly high and be in Gods loving arms, continuing to love
    and guide his loved ones. Now he belongs to Heaven. What a wonderful
    man, always had time for everyone. Gods Blessings To ALL…..

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