Melvin Robertson (1927 - 2014)

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Melvin N. Robertson
January 4, 1927 - December 13, 2014
Melvin N. Robertson was called home to join his wife with our heavenly father On December 13, 2014. Melvin was the devoted Husband of Dorothy Robertson for 63 years. Together they made a home and raised their children on their farm in Kuna, Id. Melvin was born to Austin and Almeda Robertson in Dallas, Oregon on January 4, 1927. His family moved to Pleasant Valley when he was 7 to homestead 340 acres of desert land off of Kuna Mora road. Melvin grew up learning how to work the land during the depression and the beginning of World War II with his two siblings.
In May of 1945 he was inducted into the army at Ft. Douglas, Utah, shortly after graduating from Kuna High School. He received training as a heavy artillery mechanic and was placed on a troop ship for Hawaii. The ship arrived in Pearl Harbor just long enough to take on supplies, before heading to the Marianas and the Island of Saipan. There he joined the 410TH Ordnance MM CO. Like most of our service men, he spoke little about this time in his life. The few memories he mentioned to the family were of Battle ships blowing holes through the Japanese's gun emplacements big enough to drive an Army truck through. The other was how he could sit on Saipan and watch the B29 Bombers take off and land on Tinian. In November of 1946, Melvin received an honorable discharge from the Army at Ft. Lewis, Washington. Soon after his return home to Idaho, Melvin met the impending love of his life through his sister's husband. After a short courtship, Melvin and Dorothy were married April 8, 1951 in Kuna, Idaho. They were blessed with two children; a daughter, Sherry, and son, Wayne.
A motivated and energetic man, Melvin did not stop at the love of the land and his devotion to family, but also drove milk truck for Challenge Creamery in Meridian, worked at a grain mill, and later took a job for the GSA at the Federal Building in Boise, Idaho, until his retirement in 1992. Even then, he took on a part time job with Ada County Weed and Pest on the Pest Crew where he easily made many good friends. Melvin shared his love for travel with his wife, visiting most of the mid-west and western states. They took cruises to Hawaii and Alaska, trips to Yellowstone and the Dakotas, bringing their family every chance they could. An avid outdoorsman, Melvin was a fine hunter and enjoyed camping and teaching his granddaughters to fish around the Stanley area. He took great pride in his English walnut tree, cracking the nuts all winter long to give to the family. He could cook a steak like no other with the beef that he raised, and was easy with a story on hand, even if you'd heard it a few times before. Driving his 2001 Massy Ferguson tractor to bale the hay and helping his son on the farm was among his favorite past times, but his greatest joy was in the presence of his family.
Melvin was preceded in death by his Father Austin T Robertson, his Mother Almeda May Robertson, and his Wife of 63 years, Dorothy Robertson. He is survived by his Sister Willa Vanderford (Caldwell, ID), His Brother Darrell Robertson and his wife Wanda (Kuna, ID) His Daughter Sherry Kistner, Son Wayne Robertson (Kuna, ID) Granddaughter Alyssa J Kistner Hartford, husband Noah Hartford, Great Grandchildren Henry and Emma Hartford (Moscow, ID) and Granddaughter Lauren T Kistner, husband Paul Day (Boise Id) and many nieces and nephews that he loved and treasured.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 22, 2014 at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel, 5400 Fairview Ave., Boise. A committal service with military honors will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery. A viewing will be held from 2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m., Sunday, December 21, 2014 at the Alden-Waggoner Funeral Chapel

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Dec. 19, 2014
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