Gene E. Robbins

June 10, 2023

Gene E. Robbins, 86 of Zionsville, Ind., died on June 10, 2023 at I.U. Health West Hospital, Avon, Indiana.  He was born November 26, 1936 in Seymour, Ind. to the late Elmer and Bertha (Garriott) Robbins.  He married Linda L. Detraz on September 3, 1960 and she preceded him in death on November 23, 2022 after 62 years of marriage.

Gene graduated from Brownstown High School in 1954 and received a B.S. in Business degree, with distinction, from Indiana University in 1958, majoring in accounting.  He received a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Indiana University School of Law in 1964.

He was an accountant with Cummins Engine Co., Inc. in Columbus, Ind from June 1958 until September 1961, with a leave of absence for military service from April 1959 to April 1961.  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in the Finance Corps and attained the rank of First Lieutenant.  He practiced law for 56 years in Frankfort, Ind., through the end of June, 2020, lastly under the firm name of Morrison & Robbins.  He was a member of the American Bar, Indiana State Bar and Clinton County Bar Associations.

Gene held numerous positions on various boards, commissions and committees of the local St. Matthew United Methodist Church and the Indiana Conference of the United Methodist Church.  He was on the board of Wesley Manor in Frankfort and served at President (chairman) for three years.  He served on the board of directors of the Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, chairman for four years, and its successors, including Indiana University Health, retiring in June, 2015.  He also served on the board of Bedford Regional Medical Center which became part of I.U. Health.  He served several years on the board of the Clinton County Community Foundation.

Gene was preceded in death by a brother, Jerry and is survived by Jerry’s four sons, Gregory, Jeffrey, Mark and Michael and by several great-nieces and great-nephews and their families.

Visitation and Services

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on June 23, 2023 at Goodwin Funeral Home, 200 S. Main St., Frankfort. Friends may gather beginning at 1 until time of the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Matthew United Methodist or a fund of the donor’s choice through the Clinton County Community Foundation.


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8 Condolences for “Gene E. Robbins”

  1. Shandel Lewis June 12, 2023 at 4:50 pm

    So very sorry for your loss. I use to clean Gene’s office on Jackson St. He was a very great man, he even did my prenuptial agreement at one time. My heart goes out to all.
    Bless you, Shandel (King) Lewis

  2. Phil & Pam Wright June 13, 2023 at 8:53 am

    One of the finest men I’ve known. Gene was always polite, kind, courteous, very well-mannered in all situations. When establishing Liberia Gospel Missions, Inc. – Gene did all of our legal work & representation for us over the years – and would not take a single cent for it. He always had a smile on his face when I met with him, and was always genuinely interested to hear about the work we were doing in Liberia. Gene was one of the most professional men (in the great sense) that I’ve ever met – and I’ve met a few. But beyond all of that, Gene was a wonderful Christian brother, and he will be missed!

  3. Jo Ellen Ogle June 13, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    Oh, Gene, you will be greatly missed!

  4. Fred Heavilon Jr June 13, 2023 at 4:09 pm

    Most sad to read this. Mr. Robbins was a smart, gracious, understanding and helpful gentleman. He will be missed.

  5. Bill Cast June 19, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    Gene will be missed. I recall his important contributions to IU Health, and a fine human being.

    Rest in Peace.

  6. Marilyn Osterhoff and James W. Morrison June 19, 2023 at 4:04 pm

    Our sincere condolences to Gene’s family and friends. Our father, Henry Y. Morrison, Gene’s law partner for over 20 years, thought so highly of Gene, as did our mother, Margaret Morrison Derrick. Our mother and we appreciated Gene’s kindness to our family over the years. We also commend Gene’s service to the Frankfort and Clinton County community through his law practice and his service to the broader community for his work with many charitable organizations.
    Marilyn Morrison Osterhoff and James W. Morrison

  7. Jerry and Gloria Garriott June 21, 2023 at 1:07 pm

    You will be missed at the annual Garriott reunions. You were always there to assist in many ways. Thanks for all your efforts.

  8. Phil & Gloria Crum July 13, 2023 at 10:57 am

    So sorry to hear of Gene’s passing. With sincere sympathies.

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