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Dr. Stanley R. Robinson

Grand Ledge, MI

July 18, 1930 - December 13, 2020

Dr. Stanley R. Robinson Obituary

Dr. Stanley R. Robinson, M.D., F.A.A.F.P. A fine, gentle, Gentle-Man has gone to be with his Lord on December 13, 2020, and reunion with family and friends in Heaven. Dr. Robinson is remembered as kind, caring, compassionate, brilliant, patient, and good by all who knew him. Born in Ionia, Michigan, in 1930, Stanley Robert Robinson grew up in Grand Ledge, Michigan, living in town until age 6-7. At that time, his family moved to the grandparent’s farm on Mt. Hope Hwy. in Grand Ledge, to care for his paternal grandfather on the death of his grandmother. Dr. Robinson attended Grand Ledge Schools (K-12), graduating in 1948 as Valedictorian of his class. He commuted from the family farm for four years to Michigan State University in pre-medicine, graduating in 1952 with majors in Zoology and Chemistry. Medical school followed at the University of Michigan, graduating in 1956. Following graduation, Dr. Robinson took a one year rotating internship at St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing, Michigan. He then joined the established practice of Dr. Gordon Harrod and Dr. Fred Garlock in Grand Ledge in 1957. He practiced medicine (Family practice-general medicine) for 51 years. Dr. Robinson had three dedicated nurses who helped him serve the public over his working years: Mary Wilson, R.N., Kathy McNamara, R.N., and Chris Simon, R.N. He, also, served on the active and courtesy staffs of St. Lawrence Hospital and Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan during this time. During his tenure, Dr. Robinson delivered 1,000 babies into this world, all recorded. He retired in 2007. Stan started attending Immanuel Lutheran Church in Grand Ledge in 1951. He completed his adult catechism in 1952/53. Here he met his future wife, Lucille Griese Robinson. After a five year courtship, they were married at Immanuel Lutheran in September of 1957, when Lucy finished her R.N. training at Sparrow School of Nursing, Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, Michigan. The couple had three children, now grown and married. In 1969, the family changed churches from Immanuel to Calvary Lutheran in Lansing, Michigan, where Lucy was church organist from 1971 until her death in 1998. In 2002, Stan married a second time, to Virginia (Reisen) Robinson. Upon retirement, they spent part of their year in Venice, Florida, and part of the year in Grand Ledge—moving permanently to Venice, Florida in 2018. Stan had many hobbies, including world and U.S. travel, fishing, hunting, sports, model railroading, gardening, collecting, and browsing antique stores. He used his medical skills by volunteering his services to the less fortunate on mission trips to Honduras and Tanzania. His building skills were used at Habitat for Humanity builds, and work times at church camp. Dr. Robinson kept up his continuing medical education, and stayed medically certified to the end of his life. Among his professional memberships and honors: Ingham County Medical Society, Michigan State Medical Society, American Medical Association, and the Academy of Family Practice. He took many post-graduate courses at the following universities: Michigan, Michigan State, Kentucky, Colorado, Temple, Emory, East Carolina, Harvard, and other courses presented by the Academy of Family Practice. Dr. Robinson was inducted into the Physician’s Hall of Fame at Sparrow Health System on April 26, 2008. He was presented with the Frederick and Besse Moulton Plessner Memorial Award by the Michigan State Medical Society Board of Directors on May 2, 2008. Dr. Robinson sat on the local Board of Directors of the American Bank and Trust (now PNC Bank) for 17 years. He was a life member of the Grand Ledge Area Historical Society. He helped many Michigan State University medical students and hospital residents with their education for 22 years, and received an Honorary Professorship from Michigan State University from Michigan State University’s Department of Family Practice. Dr. Robinson was preceded in death by his first wife, Lucille Griese Robinson, after 40 years of marriage; father and mother, Wayne F. Robinson and Pearl N. (Hallam) Robinson; sister, Lorna Elaine (Robinson) Johnston Bernet; brother, Wayne F. Robinson, Jr.; mother-in-law, Flora Klindworth Griese; sister and brother-in-law, Hilda (Griese) and Donald Goetzka; niece, Susan Goetzka; aunt and uncle, Ruth (Robinson) and Wilbur Kingsley; cousin, John Kingsley and Dennis Kingsley; niece, Jean Johnston Pixley; great-nephews, Lanny and Lee Pixley. Survivors include: wife, Virginia (Reisen) Robinson of Venice, Florida; children: Cynthia J. (David) Langenberg of Grand Ledge; Thomas S. (Michele) Robinson of Rochester, MN; Nancy E. (David) Poling of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren: Timothy Langenberg, Emily Langenberg, Adam (Amilia) Poling, Eric (Natalie) Poling, Reid Poling. Great-grandchild: Lucie Rose Poling (Adam & Amilia). Step-Children: Sarah (John) Kost, Sam (Kay) Reisen, Tim (Shelley) Reisen. Step-grandchildren: Rachel [Kost] (Jonathon) Perrigo; Ben (Melissa) Kost, Aaron (Amanda) Kost, Olla Reisen (Sam & Kay), Breanne & Abigail Reisen (Tim & Shelley). Step great-grandchildren: Remy (Ben & Melissa), Mason & Hunter (Aaron & Amanda). Sister-in-Law, Connie Robinson; First cousins, Connie Kingsley Dible; Marjorie [Kingsley] (Herb) Peters; Nephews & Nieces: David (Tsering) Goetzka, John (Julia) Goetzka, James (Margo) Goetzka, June Johnston (Chesley) Tredway, Susie Johnston (John) Sellner, Jeff (Lena) Robinson, Lori [Robinson] (Rick) Brassington, Julie Robinson, and many great and great-great nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life will be held at Peters & Murray Funeral Home in Grand Ledge on Friday, July 9, 2021 at 1:00 p.m., with visitation from 11:00 a.m. until service time. Cards of sympathy to Cindy, Tom, and Nancy may be sent to: P.O. Box 303, Grand Ledge, MI 48837; and to Virginia and family in Florida at 2104 Hawthorne Road, Venice, FL 34293. Online condolences maybe shared at Memorial contributions may be made to Eaton Community Palliative Care in Charlotte, MI or the American Heart Association in memory of Dr. Stanley Robinson. Online condolences may be shared at

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