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Ray Warren RobisonPassing: August 20, 2020


Chastain Funeral Home

Private Family Service

Monday, August 24th @ 2:00 p.m.


Chastain Funeral Home

Monday, August 24th @ 12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.


No Burial

MITCHELL – Ray Warren Robison, 74, was in his last act on Thursday, August 20, 2020.

Born May 30, 1946, in Lafayette, he was the son of Betty R. (Edwards) and Ralph W. “Shorty” Robison.  He married Martha Sue Harwood on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22, 1967.

Martha Sue Robison of Mitchell
Martha E. “Beth” and Jeffrey Alton Waggoner of Indianapolis
Cynthia Sue and Adam Wayne Murray of Fishers
Colton Henry, Madeline Rae, and Grace Elizabeth Waggoner
Alexander Warren Murray

His parents preceded him in death.

Ray graduated Mitchell High School in 1964, Indiana University Bachelor of Arts in 1968, and Indiana University School of Law (now Mauer School of Law) in 1971.  He was initiated into Phi Delta Kappa legal fraternity in 1969 and Phi Sigma Kappa social fraternity in 1966, and Arnold Air Society.  He was sworn in to the Supreme Court of State of Indiana and U. S. District Court in 1971.            

Ray served in the U. S. Air Force attaining the rank of 1st Lt. as procurement officer with an honorable discharge in 1972.

He entered private practice of law first in Mitchell in 1973 and then in Bedford the summer of 1981. He served as Deputy Prosecutor beginning in 1974 and later as public defender.  He served on the Drug Court beginning in 2005 and various dates as Judge Pro Tem.

Ray was adjunct professor at Bedford College Center of Oakland City and WBIW broadcaster for Mitchell High School football and basketball games from 1975-1995.  He wrote sports one season and occasional guest editorials for the Bedford Daily Times Mail. 

Ray had been a member of the Mitchell Rotary Club, was a member of American Legion Post No. 250, and was initiated in 1968 into the Masonic Lodge No. 228 F.& A. M.  He received his 50 year pin in 2018.

He served as an officer in Hoosier Hills Ham Club and had the call sign of K9ZRL since childhood.  He gave over 200 tests for amateur radio licenses.

Ray acquired a private pilot license in 1979 and served on the Lawrence County Airport Board.  He also served on the Lawrence County Community Foundation Board in 1996 and again from 2018 to the present, and was a member of the Lawrence County Museum Board.

Ray became a Master Gardener in 2003 and was a charter member of Hoosier Hillsides Master Gardeners Club and president in 2004.  He served on the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission from 2007-2009 and assisted in the completion of the Plaza at Lincoln State Park in Spencer County.  For many years he, with friends, attended conferences and toured Civil War Battlefields.  He served from 1998-1999 as president of the Air Force ROTC Alumni Association, and was Phi Sigma Kappa Advisor for Sigma Triton Chapter re-chartering in 1991.  He served as vice president of the Little Theatre Board in 1993-1994 and acted in several productions.  Ray was a charter member and vice president of the Stonebelt Stargazers Astronomy Club which began in 2000.  He was twice on the winning team of Brain Games, Civil War Marching and Chowder Society.

A private family service will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 24, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center with Brother Tom Bostic officiating. Military honors will be accorded by American Legion Post No. 250 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9107.  Cremation will follow.

The family will receive friends from noon until the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Memorial Gifts: Little Theatre

In Ham language we would say, “Forever we will remember them, and hold them in our hearts as Silent Keys.”

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41 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Mark Johnson | Columbia, Missouri
    Date: October 6, 2020
    Sue and family: I will always remember Ray with great fondness, as he introduced me to (really, hooked me on) ham radio, back in 1973 or 1974. Being an Elmer is a very special thing, and he was a great help to me starting out. Although I hadn't communicated with him in many years, I will miss him -- Mark, WB9QLR
  2. Guest: Kathy (Green) Baker | Santa Fe, TX
    Date: September 3, 2020
    My condolences on your loss. Your dad was always a champion for his family. I remember him always being at Beth’s softball games and anything related to MHS sports. Prayers of peace for you all. Kathy
  3. Guest: Dennis White | Fort Wayne, IN
    Date: August 28, 2020
    Sue and Family, my sincere condolences to you. I see from reading the story of his life that Ray was very involved in his hobbies and community. I didn't know how many things he accomplished but I'm not surprised. Ray was a very active member of the Class of 64. He was a friend since the first grade at Burris. His life was well lived. Rest in peace my friend.
  4. Guest: Valerie Deckard | Bloomington, IN
    Date: August 25, 2020
    My deepest sympathies to the entire Robison family on Ray's passing. He was my favorite professor at Oakland City College-Bedford. His passion for history and ability to convey the concepts and not just focus on "the dates" was so wonderful. I took every class he taught, and he was always so encouraging, engaging, funny, and warm. I count him among the most influential people in my life. I am so thankful to have known him. He will be greatly missed.
  5. Guest: Ed & Brenda Fiddler | Bedford, IN
    Date: August 24, 2020
    Dear Sue & Family, we are so sorry for your loss of such a sweet, funny fella. He always had a smile and a story to tell when we would see him! He & Al (Walker) will be telling those stories to each other from above now. Prayers of comfort for all of you.... Ed & Brenda Fiddler
  6. Guest: Stewart Rariden | Bedford IN
    Date: August 24, 2020
    Sue & Family: So very sorry for your loss. I will fondly remember our many Civil War trips over the years as well as our Brain Games campaigns. I regret that I am in MN right now and unable make the visitation. We will miss Ray very much. Stewart
  7. Guest: Wendy Miller | Bedford, Indiana
    Date: August 24, 2020
    It's hard to imagine a world without Ray in it. He was always so kind to me and my kids. Little Theatre won't be the same without him. He's a great example for all of us--live every moment of life to the fullest. Love to you, Sue. He loved you so much.
  8. Guest: Jami Hunter | Bedford, Indiana
    Date: August 24, 2020
    Sue, I am so sorry to hear of Ray's passing. He was such a kind man and so nice to us all when he would come visit you at work, he sure loved his family. He will be missed. Your family will be in our prayers.
  9. Guest: Trisha Sorrells Doyle | Redding, CT
    Date: August 24, 2020
    So sad to hear of Mr. Robison’s passing. I fondly remember him taking Beth and me to Little Theater practice and treating us to late-night ice cream after. He was devoted to his daughters and one of those adults who seemed to be genuinely happy to see his kids’ friends. I haven’t seen him in decades, but I will always remember the fun And kindness he brought to any interaction — and again, I will always be grateful to him for schlepping me to theater practice as a child. Love to all of you. Trisha Sorrells Doyle
  10. Guest: Diana Reynolds | Bedford
    Date: August 24, 2020
    I am so sorry for your loss. Ray was a wonderful man, and a true family man! I worked with Ray in the Court system for many years. He always had a joke or a funny story to tell and he will be missed !
  11. Guest: Charlene Hall | Bedford, indiana
    Date: August 24, 2020
    I’m so sorry for your loss. Ray gave me my first job in the legal profession. He had a great sense of humor, was a skilled orator and didn’t tolerate injustice. Above everything else, he loved his family. He will be missed.
  12. Guest: PATSY PORTER | Avon, IN
    Date: August 24, 2020
    Sue and family, My sincere condolences in this difficult journey of losing Ray. During his "earth's little while", he accomplished much. He was a loyal man and you knew he loved you. He will be missed by the class of 64. Patsy Porter, his friend since first grade
  13. Guest: Sheryl Richards | Bedford indiana
    Date: August 24, 2020
    Dear Sue and Family, So sorry to hear of Ray’s passing and I am sure he will be missed greatly. He was so warm and friendly, and we will remember how proud he was of his family, and his many interests. Again we are so sorry for your loss.
  14. Guest: Cole Disser | Greenfield, IN
    Date: August 24, 2020
    Condolences from the Disser family. We’re sorry to hear of your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
  15. Guest: Susan Hatfield Vogel | Broomfield, CO. 80020
    Date: August 23, 2020
    So very sorry for your loss. What an amazing man. May your memories give you strength during this difficult time. Take care.
  16. Guest: Gerald Mullis | FREEPORT, FL
    Date: August 23, 2020
    Remembering our Senior English Class together. Rest in Peace, Classmate.
  17. Guest: Glenda Ferguson | Mitchell, IN
    Date: August 22, 2020
    Sympathy to your family! You two were so gracious to include me in the "cool" group when I attended the bus trips to see Stomp! and Les Miserables. I saw Ray when we appeared in the January filming of the movie made at West Baden. He was dressed up for the ballroom scene. I do believe he was in the scene with the featured star of the film. Ray had a life well-lived. This Erma Bombeck quote applies to Ray: "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.'"
  18. Guest: Susan Woodward | Bedford, Indiana
    Date: August 22, 2020
    I am so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and with Sue and her family.
  19. Guest: Bill Johnson | Paoli
    Date: August 22, 2020
    Sue, sorry for your loss. I enjoyed being around Ray when we had our stargazer events and the night we had the cookout at your house. He will be missed.
  20. Guest: Janet Noe | Mitchell
    Date: August 22, 2020
    Sue, Was so sorry to hear of Rays passing. You made me feel so welcome on the various holidays and New Years that I spent with your bunch. Fun times. ..I'll not forget them...and love you for inviting me. You have my heartfelt sympathy.
  21. Guest: BRENT AND CARLA GEARY | Bloomington, IN
    Date: August 22, 2020
  22. Guest: Brenda Mckain | Brownstown
    Date: August 22, 2020
    All volunteers of LAWRENCE COUNTY CANCER PATIENT SERVICES are so sorry for your loss.
  23. Guest: Debra Woods | Bedford, Indiana
    Date: August 22, 2020
    Sue, We are so sorry to hear of Ray’s passing. He was a great man and always had a joke to tell. You and your family are in our prayers! Jack and Debbie Woods
  24. Guest: Paul and Kathy Stroud | Mitchell, In Vero Beach, Fl
    Date: August 22, 2020
    Kathy and I were so sorry to learn of the passing of Ray. He was such a great family man with so many interests. I so enjoyed my time with him as we covered high school basketball and football games for WFLQ Bedford radio in the early 80's. He taught me to always give the score and time remaining in a game as much as possible for high school sports as many relatives of players would tune in but not listen to the entire broadcast. He always wanted what was best for the kids. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time. Rest in Peace my friend you will be sorely missed by all.
  25. Guest: Bailey Reeder | Mitchell, Indiana
    Date: August 22, 2020
    Ray, You were always so kind to me. You were the best member you could be you your community. You had a life anyone would be proud to live.
  26. Guest: Sheila Conder | Terre Haute
    Date: August 22, 2020
    Sue, I am so sorry to hear about Ray. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughters.
  27. Guest: Dana Dunbar | Mitchell
    Date: August 21, 2020
    Ray was a long time friend of our family and was a wonderful person. Our deepest sympathies to Sue, Beth and Cindy and their families.
  28. Guest: Sissy Terry Sproles | Mitchell, IN
    Date: August 21, 2020
    Sue, Beth, and family, I am so sorry to hear about Ray's passing. He was a good man. I remember, on Pleasant View Drive, how my late evening baking was always met with a smile from Ray - even at 10 pm!
  29. Guest: Gary Mundy | Mitchell, IN
    Date: August 21, 2020
    Sue, we are so sorry for your loss and for all of us losing a great man. We so enjoyed having dinner with you last year and talking about old times. Thanks for visiting with me at my workshop last year also. We shared some wonderful memories.
  30. Guest: Carolyn Braman Riefe | Saginaw, MI
    Date: August 21, 2020
    I'm so sorry about Ray. He had a wonderful, exciting life and will be missed by all who knew him. My condolences to Martha and family.
  31. Guest: Mike & Suzie Leatherman | Mitchell, IN
    Date: August 21, 2020
    Sue and family: What an accomplished man!! You, daughters and family will be in our thoughts and prayers! May God give all of you strength and comfort for the days ahead.
  32. Guest: Cheryl Wood | Mitchell
    Date: August 21, 2020
    Sue, I had no idea the lengths of Ray's accomplishments and talents. I just knew him to be an upbeat and good man and, I'm sure, husband. My heart goes out to you and your family. People will offer to help. Let them. Love to you.
  33. Guest: Jane Waggoner | Indianapolis, Indiana
    Date: August 21, 2020
    Prayers for your family. And may God comfort you during this time
  34. Guest: Jane Waggoner | Indianapolis, Indiana
    Date: August 21, 2020
    Prayers for your family. And may God comfort you during this time
  35. Guest: Kathryn VanFossen | Indianapolis, Indiana
    Date: August 21, 2020
    Sorry for the Loss of a good Family man
  36. Guest: Kathryn VanFossen | Indianapolis, Indiana
    Date: August 21, 2020
    Sorry for the Loss of a good man
  37. Guest: Sandy Landreth | Bedford, Indiana
    Date: August 21, 2020
    Ray was a kind , sweet man.. I've waited on him for years at Bob Evans.. Last time I seen him , he was involved in the little theater, he was so excited.. Ray you will be truly missed..
  38. Guest: Kenny Watterson | Granger, IN
    Date: August 21, 2020
    We offer our sincere condolences to the Robison family. Rest In Peace Ray.🙏
  39. Guest: Vicki Wathen | Bedford, IN
    Date: August 21, 2020
    I am so sorry for your loss and will keep all of you in prayer. I certainly enjoyed my years working for him.
  40. Guest: Karen Pace | Bedford Indiana
    Date: August 21, 2020
    I remember Ray coming in Times Mail, I was at the front desk. Prayers go out to the family, he was always pleasant and smiling.
  41. Guest: Julia Waggoner | Indianapolis, IN
    Date: August 21, 2020
    Ray became a part of our family right along with Beth. We had good times and lots of laughter when we would get together. Will miss his great smile and enthusiasm. See you in heaven.