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W.J. Robinson

September 15, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

ROBINSON, W.J. "Bill," 89, of Wheeling died Thursday, September 13, 2012 at his home.

He was born August 24, 1923, in Clarksburg, WV, a son of the late Robert and Virginia Grace Robinson.

Bill was a graduate of Sistersville High School, Class of 1941.

He married Ruby Margaret Schmidt, New Matamoras, OH, in 1944.

He began his career as an automobile dealer in 1952 in Harrisville, WV, when he opened Robinson Motors, a Dodge, Plymouth dealership and then acquired the Chevrolet, Olds and Jeep franchises in 1957. In 1964 he began his business in Wheeling, opening Robinson-Cadillac-Olds, where he eventually brought in the Toyota line of vehicles.

Bill retired in 1985. During his retirement, he moved to Cape Coral, FL, where he developed W&R Realty, Inc. He then moved to Mississippi to be near family.

After Hurricane Katrina, he and his wife, Ruby returned to Wheeling.

Bill attended Christ Methodist Church in Wheeling, was past president of the Wheeling Area Chamber of Commerce, was very active with Easter Seals, was a former member of the Wheeling Country Club, was named Time Magazine "Dealer of the Year," was past-president of the WV Automobile and Truck Dealers Assoc., was a two-time Master Cadillac Dealer and served in the Army Air Corps as a pilot with the rank of Captain during WWII, flying 39 missions out of Italy.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by a brother, Robert, who died aboard the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor, and a granddaughter, Amy.

Surviving is his wife and four sons, Robert M. (Anne) Robinson of Wheeling, James G. (Sarah) Robinson of Morgantown, Steve D. (Tammy) Robinson of Wheeling, Richard W. (Cheryl) of Biloxi, MI; six grandchildren, Jim (Alison) Robinson of Wheeling, Roberta (Michael) Olejasz of Wheeling, Jennifer (Matt) Bischof of Charleston, WV, Caroline Robinson of Washington, DC, Kathryn Robinson of New Wilmington, PA, William Robinson of Wheeling; and seven great-grandchildren, Megan, Evan, Riley, Reagan, Max, Ava, and Madeleine.

Friends will be received on Saturday from 4-7 p.m. and on Sunday from 1p.m. until time of services at 3 p.m. at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff St., Wheeling with Rev. John Rickloff officiating.

Burial will be held at the convenience of the family on Monday with full military honors.

Online condolences may be extended to the family at

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