Dewey Eugene “Red” Robeson passed away August 14, 2016, in Rockport, Indiana 8 days short of his 90th birthday.
Red was born in Evansville on August 22, 1926 to his late parents Dewey and Luvenia (Durham) Robeson.
Red is survived by his wife Bernice, children Eric (Toni) Robeson of Evansville, IN, Patti (Gary) Pepper of Kernersville, NC, and Bart (Yvonne) Robeson Haywood, CA as well as his step son Jimmy (Judith) Harris of Grandview, IN. Red’s younger sister Rosina (Bill) Green also survives.
In addition, Red is survived by several grandchildren: Grant and Drew Robeson, Jill (Jamie) Pfefferkorn, Valerie Robeson, Father Jason Harris, Jill Harris, Melissa (Kris) Wiebeck, and Matt (Amy) Bauer.
Red was preceded in death by his first wife of 38 years Pauline in 1992 and daughter in law Tami Robeson in 2003.
Red was a follower of auto racing, attending Haubstadt Race Track for several years with his three kids in tow. His favorite driver was AJ Foyt. He was also known as an excellent clabber player around Fort Branch, where he grew up and raised his family. Red was a Navy veteran, serving in the Pacific Theatre at the end of World War II. He was a member of VFW Post 2714.
He enjoyed telling stories to his grandchildren from his younger days. Some of his more memorable sayings included “when I was a little squirrelly in my younger days, the parrot in jail for cussing, they told me not to do it so I did it anyway, joyriding in the neighbor’s truck, and having a drink at both ends of the bar.” All in all, he was quite a colorful character.
Services for Red will be on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 10:00 AM at the Stodghill Funeral Home in Fort Branch, IN, with burial in Walnut Hill Cemetery in Fort Branch, IN. Visitation will be on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the funeral home.