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Gun shop owner's son speaks about assault, robbery in Gladwin County

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(03/30/13) - It's been nearly three weeks since Gladwin County gun shop owner Dick Robinette was hit on the head and robbed.

That time has been filled with emotional ups and downs for his entire family.

Just weeks ago, this situation would have seemed unreal to Dicks' son, Russ Robinette. Sitting in his parent's house, flowers from well-wishers on the coffee table and talking with a reporter about the man he describes as a gentle giant.

"He honestly is probably the most generous person I've ever known. He's always given to people who've ever needed help, whether they've asked or not," Russ said.

That's why it's so hard for his family to believe 74-year-old Dick Robinette became a victim inside his 'Guns and Stuff' shop in Gladwin County.

"He's supposed to be in the stage of life where he's supposed to be relaxing and kind of enjoying himself and that was taken away from him within seconds," Russ said.

Three people are locked up, accused of carrying out the attack and robbery. Dick remains hospitalized, recovering from a head injury.

"Last Sunday, his condition really declined. We didn't think he was going to make it," Russ said.

Monday morning, a big turnaround.

"Dad saw my mom was standing there. First thing he did, he raised his arm up for her to give him a hug. She just laid on his chest. It was just one of those moments that, you know, that we saw that he was fighting for, you know, to be with us. And that was just awesome, to see," Russ said.

But it's not just Dick's family fighting this battle.

There have been flowers, cards, calls, plenty of prayers - and even an online fundraiser through ''.

"It's overwhelming and it's so humbling to know that, that many people, would reach out," Russ said.

There are also plans to hold a benefit at the Beaverton Bowl on April 27. Money raised there, and online, will help the Robinette family care for Dick as he begins a long journey toward recovery.

"The hard thing is, how do you thank this many people. You know, people that you don't know, how do you give them a thank you?" Russ said.

Thursday, Dick took 40 steps at the hospital.

A sign that he's making progress - with the help of his family, his faith, and friends who are supporting him in any way they can.

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