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EDWARD ROBERTSON


1922 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
EDWARD ROBERTSON Obituary
The Lt. Colonel, Reverend, Doctor Edward DeRoy Robertson, Sr. was promoted on March 19, 2014, at the age of 91. Sent from heaven to Burlington, North Carolina, on April 9, 1922, he was the faithful son of James Wilbur Robertson, Sr. and Netta Beatrice Cook Robertson. He was the youngest brother of Netta Cook, James Wilbur, George Gaston, and John Clendenin. He was the Drum Major and President of the class of 1939 of Burlington High School. He attended Elon University, but his studies were interrupted by World War II. He earned his pilots wings in 1943, served in Canada, England, Alaska, South Carolina, and Montana. He trained pilots and crews for the Berlin Air lift. He was field aid for General Dwight Eisenhower and personal pilot for General Curtis Lemay and General Dale Gafney. Ed stayed in the service after the war to honor his many friends and flight school classmates for whom service to country required the ultimate sacrifice. He completed his degree at Elon University and then taught military science at the University of North Carolina. He became a command pilot in the Air Force, the highest possible pilot rating in the Air Force. His military service to his country ended in 1962, when he retired and went to seminary. He graduated from St. Paul's School of Theology in Kansas City. He was Senior Pastor at St. Luke's United Methodist for 19 years and then became the Senior Pastor at Christ United Methodist Church in Independence. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from William Woods University and was on the board of trustees. While visiting his sister in Fayette, Mo., in 1949, he walked around the corner of a campus building and saw Patricia Jean Brown. She stole his heart and kept it in hers for the next 64 years. They married in 1950. Ed Robertson never met a stranger. His life was his most powerful sermon and his smile his greatest weapon. He lived his life to honor God and his country. On his retirement from the church, though never from ministry, he and Pat traveled around the country in an RV, doing construction, working at soup kitchens, doing missionary work and perfecting the pun. He leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Patricia Jean Brown Robertson of Leawood, Kan.; Edward D. "Chip" Robertson, Jr. (Renee) of Jefferson City, Mo., Melanie Christopher (Clif) of Maumelle, Ark., Melissa Klaus (Bob) of San Antonio, Texas, Libby Bergman (Brad) of Overland Park, Kan., and grandchildren, Edward D. "Kip" Robertson, III (Jennifer), Matthew Robertson, Meredith Robertson, and Drew Scoggins (Kelly), Tricia Overdyke (Trey), Leigh, Alyssa, and Abbey Klaus, and Alex, Katie, Will, and James Bergman, great- grandchildren, Edward D. Robertson IV and Christopher Patrick Robertson, brother-in-law, Bob (Ruth) Brown and many beloved nieces and nephews, Paul, Karen, Sean and Mark Finlayson. In lieu of flowers, please honor Ed by going to church, telling a pun, being kind to a stranger, thanking a person in military service, or encouraging a neighbor. A special thanks to care givers Judy, Ruby, Sylvia, Megan and Valencia. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, March 24, at the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, 13720 Roe Avenue, Leawood, KS 66224. Reception to follow at the church. Also, gifts may be given for a stained glass window in the Church of the Resurrection's new sanctuary in Ed's memory." Condolences at www.floralhillsfuneralhome.com. Arr.: D.W. Newcomer's Sons Floral Hills Funeral Home, 7000 Blue Ridge Blvd., KCMO, (816) 353-1218. D
Published in Kansas City Star on Mar. 22, 2014
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