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Hal F. Robertson

Friday, September 12, 2003

Hal F. Robertson, 80, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2003, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau. He was born Oct. 31, 1922, in Piggott, Ark.

In 1950, he was united in marriage with Carmen Tallent, who survives of the home.

Other survivors include 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, Lieutenant 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 institutes including the Command and General Staff College and the Armed Forces Industrial College.

Robertson began his business career with Production Credit Association in 1949, where he served in Dexter until 1956, when he became President of Federal Land Bank of Sikeston, 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.

Interment will be Friday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m. at the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Highway 25, south of Bloomfield, where VFW Post #3818 with a Marine Corps League Honor Guard will conduct a military funeral.

Friends and family are invited to a celebration of the life and times of Hal Robertson on Friday, Oct. 17, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Sikeston Country Club, Highway 60 East, Sikeston.

The Robertson family suggests that memorials be sent to Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders at 1301 N. Kingshighway, Cape Girardeau, 63701, or to the charity or scholarship fund of your choice.


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