Homer Truman Robinson was a hard worker who made his family his biggest priority. His daughter, Phyllis Sarnowski, said that he always worked two or three jobs as she was growing up to make sure his family was taken care of. “He worked whatever jobs he could work,” she said. “He was a foreman at Lakehead Pipeline in Griffith (now Enbridge). That’s where he retired from.” Robinson was a terminal foreman there. He was also a tax preparer for over 50 years.
His family included two boys and three girls. “He was a great storyteller and he was known for his stories,” said Sarnowski. “He would always have a story to tell about something.”
Another characteristic that Robinson was known for was his sense of humor, she said. “He was a wonderful man and had a great sense of humor. Everybody who met him remembered him. At his memorial, there were so many people who I hadn’t seen in years, all these young kids who used to hang around the house.”
Robinson grew up in East Chicago. He married at age 19 to wife Dorothy. The couple was married for 58 years. His daughter described him as “a great dad and a very devoted husband.” He was also a grandfather of 9. He was very proud of his Truman family history.
Robinson liked collecting coins, which he examined extensively with magnifying equipment. He also loved to tend to his vegetable garden and he bowled each Monday evening at Plaza Lanes. He enjoyed time with his best buddy, Polly, a Chihuahua/Papillon mix.
A service took place at Smits Funeral Home in Dyer and the family then traveled to Kentucky, where he was from originally. “We had a nice caravan and all the kids drove him down there. I think he would have really liked that,” said Sarnowski.