Ralph Robinson, 68, of Tilden, IL, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2018 at Sparta Community Hospital. He was born on April 24, 1949 in Red Bud, IL, the son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Bennett) Robinson. Ralph and Shirlie Ann Whitt were united in marriage on September 1, 1973. Shirlie preceded Ralph in death on December 25, 2014. Ralph proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He later was employed at Peabody Coal Company Sparta Portal and Patriot Coal, and then retired at Intergovernmental Grants Department. He was a member of the Tilden United Methodist Church, UMWA, the Sparta Eagles and was a Freemason.
Ralph is survived by his son, Joseph (Angela) Robinson, grandson Jacob Cole Robinson, and granddaughter Kennedy Ann Robinson of Clarkston, MI; sister, Jannie McCready and niece Makayla McCready (who was like a granddaughter) of Coulterville, IL; brother, David Robinson of Tilden, IL and niece Jamie Lorraine Hudson of Marissa, IL; three sisters-in-law, Linda Smith of Georgia, Catherine (Irwin) Ross-Nagel of Town Creek, AL, and Alice Artenia (Lane) Birdsong of Pulaski, TN; six brothers-in-law, Jessie (Janette) Whitt, Robert (Janie) Whitt, Cecil Whitt, Stanley (Gail) Whitt, Bobby (Margarette) Whitt, and Jack (Susan) Whitt all of Town Creek, AL.
Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, wife, one brother Terry Robinson, one brother-in-law Joe Smith, and one sister-in-law Janice Whitt.
Friends may call from 11 A.M until the hour of service at the McDaniel and Lee Family Funeral Chapel in Tilden Illinois on June 2, 2018
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 P.M. at McDaniel and Lee Family Chapel in Tilden on June 2, 2018