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

  • I am so sorry about your loss. She was a beautiful person that loved everyone equally. I remember the huge hugs and kisses from both her and her husband Don. They were the sweetest couple. They are now back together and watching over their special family here on earth. I am unable to make the services but my thoughts will be with you all.

  • I want to say I’m sorry and I’m glad I got to know ur mom.and I want u Don &Marie to know that u both are the GREATEST for ALWAYS being there for your mom.You both are in My Prayers .. Love to u both Norma

  • Don, Sorry to here about your mom. I learned a lot from her and your dad. Would be there if I could. Rick Neldon

    • Thanks so much Julie for the kind words and your condolences. She is for sure in a better place and with no more pain and suffering. It was a tough fight for all of us. Hope you are well and feeling fine.
      Don and Marie

  • Dear Don and MRie, we are so sorry to hear of Dons’ mothers death. From her obituary we learned a little of her very interesting life. Please know that we are thinking of you at this difficult time .

  • Our prayers are with you and your family. You both were very caring and loyal to your mother. May God continue to bless all of you. Love from The Conti Family

  • Don, Marie and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you from Virginia and know that your Mom was a very special lady. Bettie Lee, Stevie, Adam & Melissa

  • Don, Marie and family, we are so very sorry to hear about the loss of your dear sweat Mom. You all are in our thoughts and prayers, sending love your way. Please let us know if there is any thing we can do.
    Love, Cindy, Doug and Arbutus Bright

  • Don, Marie and Family, I have such sweet memories of your parents. I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Jim and Kathy Blue

  • Don
    I learned today of your mother’s passing. I’m sorry for your loss. I know she now has peace.
    I remember meeting her many years ago,a very sweet lady. Her life story is interesting and an inspiration.
    Thinking of you and your family.

  • Don & Marie,
    So sorry to hear about your Mother passing. Perhaps you will find comfort in knowing she is now in a better place with your Dad, her brothers, and even Uncle Earl. I’ll just bet there is a card game in heaven! And I hope you will find comfort in knowing how important your years of giving love and support to make her life better have been appreciated.
    So hard to give up those we love, but knowing we did our best for them provides comfort.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Enid Horn