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William G. “Robbie” Robinson Jr.

CANTON-William George ‘Robbie’ Robinson, Jr., 61, Canton, passed away Friday, Sept. 13 at home. He was born March 24, 1958 in Manhattan, Kansas to William George Robinson, Sr., and Charlene Y. (Pearsall) Robinson. Robbie married Karen Baumgardner in 1977. He then married Deb Sackfield Oct. 16, 2010 in Monmouth.

In addition to his wife, Robbie is survived by his mother, Charlene, Knoxville, two daughters, Heather M. (Donivan) Godsil, Oneida, Amanda Y. (Brian) Freudenberg, Davenport, Iowa and a bonus daughter, Hannah E. (Mark) Donsbach, Avon. Also surviving are his brother, Daniel R. (Donna), rural Warren County and sister, Wendy L. Nash, Savannah, Georgia. Additionally, Robbie is survived by his grandchildren, Izac Mathews, James Stickle, Brooke Stickle, Evelyn Godsil, Madysen Robinson, Makenzie Robinson and Sawyer Donsbach. Robbie is also survived by two great-grandchildren, Aiden and Oakley Mathews.

He was preceded in death by his father and a bonus son, Nicholas.

Robbie spent over 30 years in law enforcement with the majority of those years spent at the Knox County Sheriff’s Department. Following retirement from Knox County, he served as Chief of Police in Avon, Abingdon and Keithsburg in addition to a Sheriff’s Deputy in Mercer County. He was a certified accident re-constructionist and taught various law enforcement classes for several years.

Robbie was a United States Police Advisor in Baghdad, Iraq from 2006-2009 working closely with the Pentagon and White House.

When diagnosed with cancer, he was working for Knox College Campus Security where he had the opportunity to work with his brother. He loved working with Dan who is also retired from law enforcement.

Robbie’s dad was a flight instructor for small aircraft teaching Robbie to fly before he was old enough to drive. Much to his mother’s dismay and without her knowledge until following the flight, Robbie flew solo prior to having a driver’s license. He throughly enjoyed being presented a problem and figuring it out. There was not a computer or technological problem he couldn’t fix, much to the relief of multiple family and friends. Robbie was an avid Chicago Cubs and Bears fan. He enjoyed camping, fishing and boating on the Mississippi near Keithsburg.

A special thanks is extended to Compassus Hospice & Palliative Care including Nurse Kristie and CNA Taira. Thanks are extended to Nurse Wendy who stepped in when Kristie had to be gone.

A Celebration of Life will be held with a date to be announced. Memorials may be made to the family. Cremation rites will be accorded with Sedgwick Funeral Homes & Crematory in Canton, IL. To make online condolences you may go to



  • Deb Southern

    Reply September 14, 2019 7:28 am

    I am so sorry for your family’s loss. I worked with Bill at Knox College.

  • TJ

    Reply September 15, 2019 12:04 pm

    So sorry Deb and Family. Amazing man and an incredible human being!


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  • Robyn Olson

    Reply September 15, 2019 4:56 pm

    Sorry that I never got to meet this fine man. Many prayers of comfort for you and your family, Deb.

  • Christine Bivens

    Reply September 15, 2019 10:41 pm

    Please accept my sincere condolences to Deb and the exended family.

  • Ramona

    Reply September 17, 2019 10:00 am

    So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers at this difficult time.

  • Melody Shryack

    Reply September 17, 2019 3:38 pm

    I have many fond memories of him, including the fact that he was a beacon to me during a dark time of my life. I will never forget what he did for me when I needed a friend the most. My deepest sympathy and love goes out to all of his family, prayers for comfort and peace

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