MARQUETTE, Mich. - Robert B. Robertson, age 86, of Marquette, and former Little Lake resident, entered eternal life Sunday morning, February 3, 2013 at the D. J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans.
Born July 30, 1926, in Marquette, a son of William and Ida (Largenesse) Robertson, Bob was raised in Marquette and was a 1944 graduate of the Graveraet High School. He enrolled at the Coyne Radio School in Chicago, pursuing a career as a TV service technician. Returning to Marquette a year later, he was employed at Al Erickson's Radio Shop for a time before entering the military in May of 1946. Bob served in the US Army near the conclusion of World War II as a radio repairman with the Signal Corps, serving at Ft Sheridan, Illinois and Camp Crowder, Missouri, where he sang in the Camp Crowder chorus raising money for war bonds. He also served at Ft Monmouth, New Jersey and finally Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to Marquette and worked for Soo Hardware for two years before beginning a career with Northland Appliance as their TV service technician. That career lasted over 30 years, with Bob retiring in 1983. On September 10, 1949, Bob and Alberta Wilson were united in marriage at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Ewen, having met at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Marquette years earlier.
In retirement, Bob and Bertie enjoyed travel and became snowbirds, spending the winters in Dunedin, Florida, and summers in Little Lake. Bob was proud of his Scottish heritage and both he and Bertie were members of the Clan Donnachaidh Society. Additionally, Bob was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church where he was baptized and confirmed, and where he served on the vestry for many years. He was active in the church's music program, building committee, and a lifelong member of the choir. He loved St. Paul's and spent many hours working and meditating within its walls, finding it a place of comfort, strength, and spiritual renewal. Bob was a member of Richard Jopling Post 44 of the American Legion, Marquette; American Legion Post 349, Little Lake; and was a life member of DAV Chapter 22 where he served several times as past commander. With his interest in music, Bob belonged to the Marquette Choral Society and was active in Marquette Community Theater, in charge of lighting for all of their productions.
Robert B. Robertson
Bob is survived by his children, Bruce Robertson of Harvey, John (Renee) Robertson of Marquette, Cathy (Bernie) Aulgur of Petoskey, and Bobbi (Chris) Smith of Winston-Salem, NC; his grandchildren, Andrew (Jennifer) Aulgur, Alan and Aaron Aulgur, Heather (Grey) Burnett, Ashley Duxbury, Jeffrey (Mark Holt) Robertson, Danielle Robertson, Robert (Amber Ellison) Robertson, and Justin Guelff; great-grandchildren, Ila Aulgur, Steven and Tiffany Fortin, and Franklin Robertson; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Bertie; his sister, Jean and husband, Fred Charlton; brothers, Henry Robertson and wife, Nonda, and Rev. Canon J. William Robertson and wife, Frances.
Friends may call at the Fassbender Funeral Home on Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Thursday beginning at 10:00 a.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Thursday, February 7, at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Richard C. Lindsey presiding. Bob's grandsons will serve as his escorts. A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. Burial, with veteran's honors, will be made in the Park Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to the Activity Fund at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans, 425 Fisher Street, Marquette, MI 49855 or St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 201 E. Ridge Street, Marquette, MI 49855.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.fassbenderfuneralhome.com.