Ronald J. Robling, 73, Petersburg

Ronald J. Robling, 73, Petersburg, died at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

He was born in Muncie on May 24, 1939, to Beulah Mae Birl Phelps and Charles Walter Robling.
Surviving are his wife, the former Beverly Jones; three daughters, Mim Cappy and husband Damon, Dr. Jacy Robling-Slagle and husband Ken and Skii Ficklin and husband Chris; a son, Gregory Lee Cardinal; and eight grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Joe Robling II; a sister, Phyllis Joan Cockerham; and a brother, Charles Walter Robling Jr.

Mr. Robling graduated from Petersburg High School in 1957 and attended Oakland City University and Vincennes University. He was a member of Pleasant Ridge General Baptist Church and attended First Christian Church of Petersburg. He founded and sang in the musical groups The Flatops, The Desperations and The Neighbors. He served in the Indiana National Guard, the U.S. Army, the Indiana National Guard Reserve and the Indiana Guard Reserve. He was a member of Petersburg Moose Lodge and Petersburg Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary and a 50-year member of the Pike County Masonic Lodge. He was Pike County Democratic chairman from 1973 to 1995, secretary of the Petersburg Alumni Association and president and founder of the Petersburg High School Alumni Scholarship Association. He was a surveyor’s helper and a topographer for the State of Indiana for 10 years and also worked for the Pennsylvania, Penn Central and Conrail railroads. He and his wife owned and operated Robling’s Cafeteria for seven years.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Harris Funeral Home in Petersburg. Burial will be in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery in Petersburg. Petersburg VFW Post 3587 will conduct military graveside rites.

Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today and after 8 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

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