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William "Bill" R. Robertson
April 9, 1934 ~ June 15, 2023 (age 89) 89 Years Old
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William Ralph (Bill) Robertson Jr, 89, of Galveston, left for Heaven, at 11:49 am Thursday morning, June 15th, 2023. He was born April 9, 1934, in Kokomo, Indiana, son of Wm. Ralph and Agnes (Mays) Robertson. On May 20, 1956, he married his beloved, devoted wife Ila Edwards.
Surviving family include his wife, Ila; his children, Lisa Robertson of Vandalia, OH; Eric and wife Jeanie Robertson, of Galveston, and Rex and wife Amy Robertson of Montclair, Va., and his much loved and adored five grandchildren; Ben (Kelly) Robertson, Sarah (Andrew) Wolf, Casey Robertson, Emily (Austin) Townsend, Nick Robertson and five greatgrandchildren (Jace, Reagan, Carter, Daniel & Evan). Bill is preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters who died in childhood.
Bill is a proud Army veteran who served his country in Korea and helped to build the first transportation infrastructure. After 34 years he retired as a Metallurgical Lab Technician from Cabot Corporation, where he helped develop alloys for the Space Shuttle, high-end military jet aircraft and helped develop a prototype high pressure supersonic nozzle for powdered metal production and was a proud member of the American Society of Metals (ASM). He then worked 25 years for Erny’s Fertilizer (the Andersons) as their Safety Director.
He was an avid NASCAR and Indy race fan and enjoyed watching all sports. Most of all his Grandchildren’s Sports/Events. His family teased him about owning stock in Menards due to his “frequent” visits. Bill and Ila thoroughly enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Many good times were had with the Bob & Sandy Cox family, the “Boat People” and the “Haynes Group”. (You know who you are!)
Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 19, 2023, at Galveston First Baptist Church, 207 S. Sycamore St., Galveston. Funeral services will follow on Tuesday morning at 11:00 a.m., June 20th at Galveston First Baptist with Pastor Sean Cooper officiating. Burial will take place in the Galveston Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to your charity of choice or to First Baptist Church, Galveston, Indiana.