Charles “Frank” Robey

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3/18/2010 15:00:00

422 W. Mansfield Street New Washington OH 44854 3/19/2010 11:00:00

Charles Franklin “Frank” Robey, age 87, beloved husband of Dorothy, nee Tuck, and the late Elizabeth, nee Bendak, died after a long and active life on Monday, March 15, 2010. Frank was born on July 1, 1922 in Upper Sandusky, Ohio.
Frank graduated from Upper Sandusky High School in 1941 and entered the United States Navy in World War II, serving on the battleship the USS Nevada. After the war he attended Heidelberg College, graduating in 1950 and embarked on a teaching career that lasted 34 years. His first year was a at Sulphur Springs, the balance at New Washington High and Buckeye Central High School. He taught civics, phys ed and drivers education.Frank was involved in athletics, coaching basketball and baseball teams and for many years, was also the athletic director. Frank was inducted into the Buckeye Central Hall of Fame in 2003. His long commitment and leadership in athletics culminated with his induction into the first class of inductees of the Crawford County Sports Hall of Fame this year.
After retiring from teaching, Frank worked part time at the Herald Printing Company for approximately ten years.
Frank was an avid golfer for many years, forging life-long friendships. He took great pride in the New Washington community and Buckeye Central. As a teacher of both Ohio and American history, Frank could always be counted upon to remark about the historical aspects of subjects that would come up in a conversation. Most importantly, he loved being with people, sharing common interests and stories.
He is the loving father of Charles Curtis (Sally) Robey of Wilmette, IL, Fran (William) Schroeder of Shelby, Stephan (Debbie) Robey of Enosberg, VT, Jacquelyn (Jerry) Tilton of Attica and Eric (Darlene) Gangluff of Attica He is the proud grandfather of Charles Gavin, Ryan, Brendan and Elizabeth Robey; Justin (Larissa) and Curtis (Alisha) Schroeder; Jerod (Elisa) and Jordan (Annie) Tilton; Crystal (Chris) Pirtle; Aaron and Derek Gangluff; and great grandfather to ten great grandchildren. He is survived by his brother, Thomas (Alice) Gray; sister, Randy (Ron) Smarsh, and sister-in-law, Judy Gray. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Harry Robey and Francis Smith Robey; brothers, Jack Robey and Keith Gray; and a granddaughter, Nicole Gangluff.
Visitation will be Thursday from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Secor Funeral Home in New Washington. The funeral mass will be Friday at 11:00 AM at the St. Bernard Catholic Church in New Washington, with Fr. Tommy Rodrigues officiating. Burial will be at the St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery in New Washington. Military honors will be presented by the New Washington American Legion Post #405. Memorials may be made to Crawford County Sports Hall of Fame, Buckeye Central Athletic Boosters or the St. Bernard’s Church Endowment Fund. Online condolences may be made to the family at


Gert (Greathouse) Elliott - Apr 10, 2010

Frank Robey taught my history class in a way that made me passionate about learning. He could have taught a class about day dreaming and easily made it interesting. He probably would have been pleased to know that as far as education and real life….my life has been a success. I failed to tell him how much of an impact he made on that. Thanks to all his family for sharing him with us.

Traci Seibert - Mar 29, 2010

Dorothy, God Bless you at your time of sorrow.

Laurie & Jeff Kirk and family - Mar 29, 2010

To Fran, Bill and all the Robey family:
Jeff and I were out of town and regret that we were unable to come to your Dad’s calling hours. We are so sorry for your loss. Your Dad always had a kind word and a smile to share. It was always heartwarming to share New Washington memories with him. He touched many hearts throughout his great life. His love for you all will always remain, may that bring you comfort. God bless.

Renee (Brose) Hall - Mar 24, 2010

To the Robey Family: My deepest heart felt thoughts and prayers as you honor a treasured live.


Dorothy and family we didnt know Frank but we know you and we are keeping you and your family in our prayers We hear he was a wonderful person God bless all of you


Karen Little(Zoltanski) - Mar 19, 2010

To Dorothy and family: Mr. Robey impacted many people and I’m thankful to be one of them. May the Lord be your strength in this difficult time.

Linda (Mackling) Macaulay - Mar 18, 2010

Dearest Dorothy, I am saddened for your loss. Mike, Monica and I did not know Frank well, but “Sis” surely did and was so fond of him. We obviously can not be with you in person but want you to know that you are in our hearts. You were there for us when we lost my parents and you have always been such an important part of our lives and memories.
With sincerest sympathy,
Linda Macaulay, Michael Cook and Monica Zanger

Bob and Sharon Hamm - Mar 18, 2010

To Curt, Fran, Steve and the entire Robey family, Sharon and I would like to send our thoughts and prayers to all of you. What fond memories we have of our relationship with the Robey family. You welcomed our young family to the school district and Buckeye Central community unconditionally. We will never forget your kindness and thoughtfulness.
As a young educator and coach, I don’t know what I would have done without Frank’s guidance, mentoring, friendship and encouragement. Frank was a “difference maker” in the lives of so many people. Count me as one of those fortunate human beings. He modeled and lived a life worthy of praise and envy. Again, please accept our heartfelt sympathy in Frank’s passing. You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.
Bob and Sharon Hamm

Carol & Terry Kehres - Mar 18, 2010

To the Robey Family,
We would like to express our deepest sympathy for for your loss of Frank. We both had a lot of respect for Frank and thought he was a great man. He was a teacher and friend to both of us. We will miss him.
Carol and Terry Kehres

Nancy Reed & Don Barrett - Mar 18, 2010

Dear Dorothy and Robey/Gangluff families,
Just learned of “Mr. Robey’s” passing this evening and must say that in addition to being saddened by the loss, the memories came flooding back….many smiles and much joy with those memories. As a GIRL in Jr. High school with Mr. Robey as the phys.ed. teacher…what a gift to have such a great person teach us the ropes! Those were the days of half-court basketball and he hung in there thru it all!
Mr. Robey will always stand out in my mind as one of the all-time “greats”… he touched many lives and was such a positive influence in all avenues of his own life.
There is yet another star in the sky! Love lives on forever.
Our deepest sympathy to each of you.

Ann Clark - Mar 17, 2010

I offer my sympathy to the family of Frank Robey. I will always remember Social Studies classes, phys ed and basketball and baseball games when he coached. He was always friendly and happy to see his prior students. He was a pillar of New Washington!! We will all miss him!!

Joe Strausbaugh - Mar 17, 2010

Deepest sympathy to the Robey Family.

Chris Daniel - Mar 17, 2010

To the Robey family, Please except my deepest condolences on the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. Mr.Robey touched many lives in many different ways. I have been away from New Washington for 25 years, but last year I saw Mr. Robey at a high school musical performance at Buckeye Central and he remembered my siblings and I, and took the time to follow up on where we were and what we were doing. He will be missed. You are in my prayers from Massachusetts.

John Lehner - Mar 17, 2010

Dorothy,I am so sorry to hear about Frank, I’m glad I had the opportunity to see him when you were at Bob Evans. I just wanted to let you know that my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. God Bless you and your family. Sincerely, John

Megan Reiners - Mar 17, 2010

Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. With deepest sympathy, Megan Reiners

Dana Meyers Doty - Mar 17, 2010

Dorothy, so sorry to read of Mr Robey’ passing.
He was a great teacher, also was our class sponser.

Randy & Pat Brown - Mar 17, 2010

To the Robey Family: The memory of Frank will always be in our hearts. Our prayers are with your family.

Lindsey Wallace - Mar 17, 2010

Dort, I’ll never forget you saying that Frank was the best thing that ever happened to you, and that you were the best thing that ever happened to him. The love you shared for each other was evident, and it touched all of our lives. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Love, Lindsey Wallace

Mark Ebbeskotte - Mar 17, 2010

My prayers are with the entire Robey family, but especially Dorothy and Steve, as you mourn your loss of a beloved father and husband. Alas the entire community grieves at the loss of a fine man who made New Washington his home so many years ago.
I have fond memories of taking Frank’s Current Events class not once, but twice, as I just enjoyed my time in his class. Frank is also part of some great memories in the driver’s ed. car. Finally, I have a great appreciation for all that he did for BC athletics. I wish I had been old enough to see him in action on the sidelines and in the dugout.
May you find peace in the knowledge that Frank is now living in his Father’s house in heaven.

Norm & Leona Harris Phoenix, AZ - Mar 17, 2010

Dorothy,so sorry to hear of Mr. Robey passing, great teacher,great friend. I know he enjoyed his Ping Golf Clubs that he purchased from me several years ago, he probably is playing them in heaven. Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all.

Suzy Cole - Mar 17, 2010

Dorothy and Family:
Very sorry to hear about Frank’s passing. What a great person with whom we shared many memories with in New Washington. May he rest in peace.
The Seasly Family

John Wallace - Mar 17, 2010

Dort, So sorry about Frank’s passing. Frank and I shared many great converstations over the years. I’m sure he is in a good place now. He had a great attidtude and I learned a lot from him. We will be with you on Friday.

Cheryl Hamilton - Mar 17, 2010

To the entire Robey family,
We would like to send our thoughts and prayers to all of you. Our memories of Frank and his family during our stay in New Washington are wonderful. He made all of us, who came from outside the community feel, like we had an extended family with him. Many evenings we met at his home and shared a meal or a time of friendship with all our friends and staff at Buckeye Central. Curt and Fran and Steve were wonderful teenagers and Frank loved them so much. What a wonderful example he was to all the young teachers who started their careers under his guidance and patience and friendship. Tim and Cheryl Hamilton

Janet McGonagle - Mar 17, 2010

I send you Hugs from SE Ohio and my heartfelt sorrow for your loss Dorothy. I always enjoyed my little visits with Frank while I lived in New Washington and worked for the Bank. He was a joy to talk to, always. Janet L Mcgonagle

Teri Miller - Mar 17, 2010

To all of us who were blessed to have known Frank:
We’re we lucky!
Love you Aunt Dort,

Teri Miller - Mar 17, 2010

To all of us who were blessed to have known Frank: WEREN’T WE LUCKY! Love you Aunt Dort, Teri

Terry & Rosie Hobbs - Mar 17, 2010

To the Robey family: So sorry to hear of Franks passing. From having him as a phys.ed teacher to babysitting the kids I have nothing but great memories of him and his family. God bless each of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. Terry & Rosie Hobbs Monroe,Ga.

Ruth Schimpf - Mar 17, 2010

To Dorothy and family: My prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Fondly, Ruth Schimpf

Steven Daniel - Mar 17, 2010

Curt and Family: It was a sad day when I heard the news about Mr. Robey’s death (since he was one of my teachers, I never could call him Frank).
He was an amazing character and every time I saw him on my visits to New Washington, he was always glad to see me and took the time to visit. His life was rich and full.
Most importantly, he was a good father and mentor to many.
From Chicago, my thoughts are with you.

David & Amy Tuck - Mar 16, 2010

Aunt Dorothy you are in our thoughts and prayers and the good lord will help you thru the tough times and bring you closure. Thinking of you.
David, Amy, Tricia, Ashlee, Summer and Joseph

Ed and Ann White - Mar 16, 2010

To the Robey family: We have all lost a great friend. You have our deepest sympathy. Ed and Ann White

Gene & Sharon Moore - Mar 16, 2010

Dorothy – our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We will be in touch soon.