Richard Albert Robinson, 82, a resident of Tall Grass Creek in Overland Park, KS passed away peacefully on April 21, 2022. He was born October 1, 1939 in St. Louis, MO to Floyd A. and Genevieve B. (Pomeroy) Robinson. Richard’s family moved in 1948 to Pascagoula, MS where he attended South Elementary School. In 5th grade he learned to play piano and cornet. Always having had a love of music, he, along with a few friends, started a small dance band in high school playing at school dances and parties around town. Richard graduated from Pascagoula High School in 1957. It was at South Elementary School where Richard met the love of his life, Betty Rae Ryan. On December 16, 1961 they married at Calvary Baptist Church in Pascagoula.Richard attended the University of Florida and Mississippi State University before transferring to the University of Southern Mississippi to remain close to Betty. He earned a BS in both mathematics and physics from the University of Southern Mississippi, graduating in June of 1962. After College, Richard began working for Civil service at Keesler Air Force Base teaching navigational aids to airmen in Biloxi, MS. In the fall of 1962 their daughter Catherine was born.
In 1966, Richard and family relocated to Dallas, Texas where he worked as an Electrical Engineer for Texas Instruments helping create Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR). In 1971 they settled in Kansas City, MO where Richard would spend the remainder of his career working for Hallmark Cards. His first assignment was developing the new computer controlled conveyor system in their Liberty, MO plant. He moved on to Hallmark headquarters, where he invented new products such as Create Your Own Card Kiosks, Musical Greeting cards, Christmas Ornaments with lights and motion, Recordable cards and Recordable Story Books. While working at Hallmark, Richard was granted several patents for the Create a Card Kiosks, Multi-layered circuit boards, and sensing color density for printers.
Richard retired from Hallmark after 27 years to pursue travel and see the world. He and Betty visited all 50 states before moving on to see most of North and South America, Europe, and parts of Asia (China, Japan, Taiwan).
Richard was a long-time member of the Park Hill Baptist Church, and was very devoted to both his Lord and his family. He often helped Betty with her musical productions and was in the church choir for many years.
In 2003 his grandson Ryan was born and Richard started his new career as a grandfather. He continued his passion of traveling showing his favorite locations to Ryan and family taking long road trips. He always carried Ryan’s “R” when Ryan himself was unable to join them. He passed his passion for life on to Ryan playing games, climbing into his playhouse, playing instruments in pretend bands, while taking care of him during the day.
Richard was preceded in death by both of his parents and a brother-in-law, Dr. Coley Ratcliff. He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Robinson; a daughter, Catherine Lea Robinson Durig (Daniel Robert Durig); a grandson Ryan Daniel Durig; a sister Jeannine Robinson Ratcliff and niece Andrea Ratcliff Bodron.
A Memorial Service celebrating Richard’s life will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, April 30, 2022, at the Park Hill Baptist Church. Rev. David Overman officiating. Visitation 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., prior to the service. Private urn placement will take place. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association.