Meadville Tribune

October 25, 2013

Pastor Gary D. Robinson

Meadville Tribune

XENIA, Ohio — A “Celebration of Life” service for Pastor Gary D. Robinson will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at North Side Christian Church, Xenia, Ohio, where he was senior pastor. Gary went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013, after struggling with pancreatic cancer. He was 58.

Born in Prestonsburg, Ky., son of Homer and Eunice Robinson, Gary was raised in the South Point and Findlay, Ohio, areas. A graduate of Kentucky Christian University, Gary received a master of divinity degree from Lincoln Christian Seminary, and a master of ministry degree from Kentucky Christian University. Prior to moving to North Side, Gary served Alvin Christian Church, Alvin, Ill.; Indian Run Christian Church, East Canton, Ohio; Conneautville Church of Christ; and also worked as a new church planter in Kent, Ohio.

Gary authored several sermon collections, a book, “Superman on Earth: Reflections of a Fan,” and numerous articles for secular and Christian publications. He maintained a blog at called “Look! Up in the Sky: Where Preaching and Pop Culture Meet.” He loved acting and was involved in X*Act Community Theatre, Ohio. His favorite role was portraying Elwood P. Dowd in “Harvey.” From Gary’s own description, he was a hiker, an actor, a reader, a lover of old movies, country music and blueberry pancakes.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Barbara E. (Sigle) Robinson; a daughter, Ruth M. Robinson, currently residing in Shanghai, China, engaged to be married to Glen Porritt on Dec. 14, 2013; a son, Alexander J. Robinson, married to Jamie (Oliver) Robinson; and three grandsons, Will, Luke and Cole Robinson; and a sister, Patricia (Robinson/Harvey) Griffith of Beaver Falls.

Gary faithfully served his Lord as a pastor and was much loved; he strove to be a “preacher and a friend.” In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Gary’s honor to North Side Christian Church, Hospice of Dayton, or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

Arrangements are under the direction of Neeld Funeral Home, Xenia. Condolences may be made to the family at