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John V. Robinson (1949-2021)


Posted By: Ken Wright (email)
Date: 8/24/2021 at 07:53:49



John Vernon Robinson of Marion, Iowa, died unexpectedly of natural causes on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021. John, the fourth of five children born to Margaret and George Francis (Robbie) Robinson, was born May 15, 1949, in Ottumwa, Iowa.

After graduating from Walsh High School in Ottumwa in 1967, John began his college education at Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa. He completed his education at the University of Northern Iowa, where he earned a Masters in Social Work degree. After working with troubled youth in Eldora, Iowa, and at the State Hospital in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, John decided to return to school. He earned a Masters in School Psychology degree at the University of Iowa.

After graduating from Iowa, John worked briefly as a school psychologist for the Grant Wood Area Education Agency (AEA) in Cedar Rapids. He then decided to work as a school psychologist at international schools overseas starting in 1979. For the next 20 years, John lived and worked at international schools in five different countries including Belgium, Egypt, Japan, Bangladesh and Thailand.

In 1999, John returned to the United States and once again worked as a school psychologist for the Grant Wood AEA in Cedar Rapids. He worked at a number of schools in and around Cedar Rapids until he retired in 2014.

John loved international traveling, reading and writing, cartooning, the opera and arguing politics with anyone brave enough to raise this topic with him. John never married but he was a loving brother and a supportive uncle to his many nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Janie.

He is survived by his brother, Frank (Donna) of Walford, Iowa; sister, Karolyn Oim) Daugherty of Ottumwa, Iowa; and sister, Mary Beth (Steve) Craig of Urbandale, Iowa. He is also survived by seven nieces and eight nephews, as well as 25 great-nieces and great-nephews.

Per his wishes, John will be cremated and his remains will be interred near his parents in Ottumwa, Iowa. In light of current Covid restrictions, there will be a later celebration of John's life for friends and family.

Please share your support and memories with John's family on his Tribute Wall at www.stewartbaxter.com under obituaries.


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