Edwin Charles Robertson
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June 6, 1947 - August 25, 2013
Edwin "Ed" Robertson, 66, passed away on August 25, 2013 at his home in Hanna, Indiana. He was born on June, 6, 1947 in Logansport, Indiana to Ray and Rosella (Zinn) Robertson. He grew up in Fowler, Indiana, graduating from Fowler High School in 1966. He continued his education receiving a BA in secondary education from Grace College, Winona Lake, IN., in 1970 and an MA from Purdue University, West Lafayette in 1975.
Ed joined the Indiana National Guard in 1970 retiring after 35 years. He was the recipient of the Academic Saber Award after achieving the #1 academic honor in his OCS class in 1979. His military service included numerous awards and medals including the Indiana Commendation Medal in 1988 for his leadership and exceptional meritorious service resulting in a high ranking of his unit. In 2003 he retired from the military achieving the rank of Major.
Ed began his teaching career in the Michigan City School Corporation in 1971 and in 1974 relocated to his hometown of Fowler to teach in the Benton Community School Corporation. He started out as the Planetarium Director seeing every elementary student in the corporation multiple times during the year. He also taught Astronomy, Social Studies, General Science, and a variety of computer classes while at Benton Central. He became heavily involved in the inception of computers into the corporation and soon became the Computer Consultant. He taught at Benton Central for 22 years. In 1996 Ed became the full time Technology Director at East Porter County School Corporation and then in 2000 he accepted the Technology Director position at the Knox Community Schools where he worked until his retirement from public Schools.
Even in his retirement, he had the "itch" to stay involved with technology and ended up working as an instructor at ITT Tech, South Bend, Indiana. He later became the Chair of the School of Technology. He loved his time at ITT Tech and in 2012 received the Instructor of the Year award.
Ed married his college sweetheart Margaret "Margie" Biddinger in 1970 in Michigan City, Indiana. They were happily married for 43 years. Ed's loves were his family and especially became the doting "Papa" to his one grandchild, Willie. His hobbies included anything involving technology. He had a curious mind and loved to figure out how things worked. He was a member of Liberty Bible Church, Chesterton, Indiana where he was nurtured in his strong faith in Jesus Christ.
Ed was preceded in death by a brother, Neal Robertson (1989); and his father, Ray Robertson (2012).
Ed is survived by his wife, Margie of Hanna, Indiana; his son Wesley (Karri) Robertson of Flint, Michigan; his sisters Elaine (Tom) Ballard of North Port, Florida; Nancy (Paul) Holekamp of Boerne, Texas; Sheila (Skip) Collins of Durban, South Africa; his brother Scott Robertson of Fowler, Indiana, one precious grandson William Robertson; and many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at Cutler Funeral Home, LaPorte, Indiana at 6:00 PM on Friday, August 30. Cremation has taken place and the family will greet friends and relatives from 4-6 P.M. prior to the service. All times are central standard times. Burial with a military graveside service will be held at 1 PM (EDT) on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Tippecanoe Memorial Gardens, West Lafayette, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the LaLucia Baby House, a home for abandoned and orphaned babies in Durban, South Africa. It operates from the home of Sheila and Skip Collins, Ed's sister and brother in law. Gifts can be given in Ed's memory through Unitas International and are tax deductible. The address information is Unitas International, PO Box 506, Shirley, IN 47384, Reference: Baby House.
Cutler Funeral Home - LA PORTE
2900 MONROE ST LA PORTE, IN 46350-5249
Published in the Journal & Courier from Aug. 26 to Aug. 29, 2013