James A. “Jim” Robertson, age 87, of The Villages, FL, passed away on All Saints’ Day, Wednesday, November 1, 2017. He had recently celebrated his 61st wedding anniversary to Elaine (Gallant) Robertson, who survives him.
Jim was born in Battle Creek in 1930. He enlisted in the Air Force after high school, and had several postings, including Japan during the Korean War.
Jim and Elaine were married in 1956 in Saginaw, Mi and he graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.
He belonged to the Lions Club and Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, both in Frankenmuth, MI, where he raised his children. He was a member of the National Parks Conservation Association.
Jim was proud of his long career at General Motors Corporation working for many of those years at Saginaw Steering Gear Division GMC and retired in 1988, eventually moving to The Villages, FL, where he could play in the sunshine every day.
Jim was active until the very end of his life with many of the activities that were his lifelong passions. He was an avid reader, a billiards enthusiast, and a dedicated golfer. He was a member of the Silver Lake Billiard Club and well, a member of the USGA, and belonged to several golf clubs both during and after retirement. Jim traveled extensively in the United States on road trips, including bicycling with his wife, Elaine, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and New England once they were retired.
Jim was blessed with and survived by four children, Deborah Robertson of Cary, NC; Douglas (Cindy) Robertson of Fort Collins, CO; Gregory (Maria) Robertson of The Villages, FL; and Jennifer Robertson of Seattle, WA. He is survived by grandchildren, Captain Max Robertson of Purlear, NC; Carley Robertson Howe of Omaha, NE; and Anna, Rachel, Ruth, and Micah Robertson of Fort Collins, CO. He’s also survived by sister, Crystal Carr of Rolla, MO; and many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Donetta Harris and Clifford Robertson; his sister, Wilma Hall; and a daughter, Kathy Robertson.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice at hospicenet.org/html/donate.html
A private celebration of his life will be held with family and close friends. He will be buried in Michigan. Online condolences may be made to the family at baldwincremation.com.