Robin F. Askew
August 04, 1923 ‒ August 28, 2015
Mount Gilead, Ohio
Formerly of Delaware, Ohio
Robin F. Askew, age 92 of Mount Gilead and formerly Delaware, passed away Friday evening August 28, 2015 at Woodside Village in Mount Gilead.
She was born on August 4, 1923 in Vinton, Ohio. She was the first of 8 children and they eventually moved to Hyattsville, Ohio just south of Delaware. She graduated from Hyatts High School in 1942. Robin went to work in Columbus as a stock clerk at Seymor and Peck Co. who manufactured plywood drums and then on August 1, 1944 enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC’s).
After basic training at Fort Des Moines, Iowa Private Robin was stationed at Camp Roberts, California as a parts clerk responsible for maintenance of a daily record of all incoming and outgoing automotive parts to the base. She was later promoted to Private First Class as an Automobile Serviceman. In this capacity she checked oil, tires, filled gasoline tanks of cars and trucks. She kept gasoline pumps up to a specific level and ordered gasoline and oils when necessary. Most importantly, she maintained the consumption record for every military car and truck in use on the post. While serving in this capacity, she met, dated and married Staff Sergeant Don Askew. Robin and Don were discharged with Good Conduct Medals in 1945 and returned to Ohio where she gave birth to a son, Don Jr. in 1946.
Robin went to work outside the home after her son joined the Navy. She worked at Ranco Controls for 12 years before retiring. Robin and her husband owned a farm in Delaware County and eventually moved closer to the city after 39 years in the same house. After 53 years of marriage, Don passed away in 1998 and Robin moved to Mount Gilead to be near her son and his wife.
She is survived by her son: Donald (Marie Welsh) Askew Jr. of Hill City, SD; grandchildren: Timothy Don (Risa Waldman) Askew of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Angela Marie (Jeremiah) Thomas of Hill City, SD; great grandchildren: Hannah and Ella Thomas, Katie Waldman; sister: Evelyn Beal of Delaware.
Preceded in death by her husband of 53 years: Donald F. Askew; brothers: Lewis Durst, Tom Durst; sisters: Yvonne Durst, Delores Chambers.
Friends may call Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 1510 W. William Street at Valleyside Drive, Delaware where services will be held Wednesday 11 a.m. with Chaplain Dave Matos officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairview Memorial Park with Military Graveside Services by the Delaware County Veterans Association.
Memorial contributions can be made to Morrow County Hospice, 228 South Street, Mount Gilead, Ohio 43338.
Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.