The Rev. Kennard E. “Ken” Robinson, 86, passed away Friday.
He was born on May 14, 1927 in Holland, Ohio, to Don and Ida (Rugar) Robinson. He graduated from Crown College in Minneapolis, Minn. with a major in theology and missions. He received a bachelor’s degree at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. He then earned a bachelor’s degree at Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.. He went on to earn his master’s of divinity at Evangelical Theological Seminary in Naperville, Ill.
In 1952, he married Ruth Strohm who preceded him in death in 2007.
He was interim pastor for the Syracuse Church of God from 1977 to 1978. He served as chaplain at the Goshen Hospital as well as interim pastor of Mount Tabor Church. He served as the pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church for 14 years, retiring in 1992.
Ken, along with August Lundquist, founded the Boat-In Worship services at Oakwood pier — a unique type of service held on water, the first of its kind in the state of Indiana and still very popular today.
He was the host pastor to the Indiana North Annual Conference held at Oakwood for nine years. Ken served on numerous board committees and missions throughout his lengthy career. Ken received the Paul Harris Award from Rotary International.
Ken was also a licensed pilot and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.
Ken is survived by his sister, Marilyn (Gordon) Simpson of Toledo, Ohio; two nieces, Sherrie (Mike) Turner of Elgin, Ill. and Kellie (Jim) Fuelling of Toledo, Ohio; great-niece, Brittney (Josh) Langley; and three great-nephews, Shannon (Chrissy Adam) Schumaker, Jordan Riffle and Bryson Turner.
Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Eastlund Funeral Home, 7458 E. 1000 North, Syracuse.
Services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvary United Methodist Church with calling one hour prior to the service.
Burial will follow at Syracuse Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary United Methodist Church or to an agency of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences for the family may be shared at eastlundfuneralhome.com.