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Hobart couple killed in crash remembered as fun-loving, dedicated to children

Hobart couple killed in crash remembered as fun-loving, dedicated to children


HOBART — Debbie Palmer recalled babysitting for her nephew Shawn Robb so many years ago.

"He was my first nephew. We always had a special bond. He was just so funny. I loved that about him," Palmer said.

Shawn Robb, 39, and his wife Alisha, 38, were killed early Sunday morning in a single-car crash on U.S. 12 near Tremont Road in Porter County's Westchester Township.

The death of the two, Palmer said, has been "unbelievably gut wrenching," especially for their two children, Evan, 11 and Avrie, 8.

Shawn and Alisha Robb

Shawn and Alisha Robb and their two children Evan, 11, and Avrie, 8.

"They were so kind and loving. They did everything with their kids. They were very involved parents," she said, adding the couple also loved playing co-ed softball. 

Shawn graduated from Boone Grove High School in 1996. Alisha graduated from Hanover Central High School in 1998. The two just celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary on March 31, Palmer said.

Palmer said Evan and Avrie are being surrounded and cared for by the large, extended family, but are just devastated by the loss of their parents.

"They have a lot of family who love them," she said.

GoFundMe page has been launched to raise money for funeral expenses for the Hobart couple at

Visitation for the couple is from 3 to 8 p.m. Friday at Burns Funeral Home, 701 E. 7th St., in Hobart. Funeral services will take place 10 a.m. Saturday.


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Lake County reporter

Rob covers urban affairs and other matters in Crown Point, St. John, Winfield and beyond. Previously he covered Valparaiso, Hammond, Gary and East Chicago. He's also written for various magazines and pens a culture blog for The Times.

Porter County Reporter

Joyce has been a reporter for nearly 40 years, including 23 years with The Times. She's a native of Merrillville, but has lived in Portage for 39 years. She covers municipal and school government in Porter County.

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