Richard R. "Phil" Robertson

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Richard R. "Phil" Robertson, 78, Brownstown, died at 8:52 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Schneck Medical Center, Seymour.
He was born Aug. 20, 1934 in Jackson County to the late Richard S. and DeAlba Brodhecker Robertson. On June 25, 1957 he married the former Ruth Horstman in Brownstown, and she survives.
Mr. Robertson was a member of Brownstown Presbyterian Church. He served in the United States Air Force and then retired from the United States Air Force Reserve at the rank of Colonel. He was also retired as president of Robertson Corporation.
He held numerous offices at the Brownstown Presbyterian Church. Mr. Robertson was also involved with the Society for Preservation of Old Mills and served as a consultant on restoration of old mills, most recently with Beck's Mill in Salem. He enjoyed bird watching, collecting and restoring old phonographs, and served on many boards and committees and was active in community affairs, which included serving as director emeritus of Schneck Hospital Foundation. Mr. Robertson was also current secretary of the Fairview Cemetery Association and Fairview Cemetery Foundation. He was also a mentor to various Cub Scout troops.
Survivors include his wife, the order Ruth Horstman; son, R. Andrew (Sheryl) Robertson of Columbus; daughter, Susan Robertson of Orlando, Fla.; brother, John H. (Ruth) Robertson of Brownstown; sister, Mary Sue (Larry) Spurgeon of Brownstown; and three grandchildren, Cameron Robertson, Carly Robertson, and Jack Robertson all of Columbus.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at Brownstown Presbyterian Church with Brad Napier and Duane Aelick. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Brownstown, with military honors to be presented by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925, American Legion Post 89, Disabled American Veterans 47 and Vietnam Vets 7.
Friends may call from 4 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Spurgeon Funeral Home, Inc., Brownstown, and from 10 a.m. Friday until time of service at the church.
Memorials may be given to Brownstown Presbyterian Church or the Presbyterian Chaplain Fund through Sprugeon Funeral Home, Inc.
Published in The Jackson County Banner from Jan. 9 to Jan. 16, 2013
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