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Hal Robertson

Friday, September 12, 2003

Hal Robertson
Hal F. Robertson, 80, died September 7, 2003 at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

He was born October 31, 1922, in Piggott, Ark.

He and Carmen Tallent were married in 1950.

He is survived by his wife, Carmen; his daughter, Tory Robertson Susac; two brothers, John B. Robertson, of Kennett and N. Logan Robertson, of Dallas, Texas, and several nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Augustus and Lillian Robertson; two brothers, Loyd Robertson and John Jr.; and one sister, Gussie Cox.

Robertson began his military career in the United States Marines where he served on active duty from June 1941 until November 1945, attaining the rank of Corporal. He joined the Missouri National Guard's 140th Infantry in 1949, where he received a commission to Second Lieutenant in 1950. He was transferred to Missouri National Guard Headquarters at Jefferson City in 1965 where he received promotions to Major, Lietenant Colonel and Colonel. He commanded the 135th Combat Engineer Group at Cape Girardeau, later served as Deputy Commander of Missouri National Guard Headquarters and as the Deputy Adjutant General of the Missouri Army National Guard. In 1976 he was promoted to Brigadier General.

General Robertson was a 1949 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University. In addition he held diplomas from several military institutions including the Command and General Staff College and the Armed Forces Industrial College.

Robertson began is business career with Production Credit Association in 1949, where he served in Dexter, Mo., until 1956, when he became President of Federal Land Bank of Sikeston, Mo., serving in that capacity until he retired in 1985. He was a member of the Masons, the SEMO Shrine Club and the Moolah Shrine Temple. He was a member of the Sikeston Chamber of Commerce, the Missouri Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers and the Sikeston Board of Municipal Utilities. He served as a Director for Union Planters Bank.

Burial will be Friday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m. at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Mo., Highway 25 South of Bloomfield, where VFW Post 3838 with a Marine Corps League Honor Guard will conduct a miltiary funeral.

Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of the Life and Times of Hal Robertson on Friday, Oct. 17, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Sikeston Country Club, Highway 60 East, in Sikeston.

Ford & Sons Funeral Home of Cape Girardeau is in charge of arrangements.