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Obituary: Richard R. "Phil" Robertson, Brownstown

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Richard R. "Phil" Robertson, 79, of Brownstown, died at 8:52 a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Schneck Medical Center in Seymour.

Retired president of Robertson Corp., Mr. Robertson was a member of Brownstown Presbyterian Church where he held numerous offices. He was involved with the Society for Preservation of Old Mills and was a consultant on the restoration of old mills, most recently Beck's Mill in Salem. He served on many boards and committees, was active in community affairs and was Director Emeritus of Schneck Hospital Foundation. He was currently secretary of Fairview Cemetery Association and Fairview Cemetery Foundation.

He had been a mentor to various Cub Scout troops, enjoyed bird watching and collected and restored old phonographs.

He served in the United States Air Force and retired as a colonel from the Air Force Reserve.

Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Brownstown Presbyterian Church with Brad Napier and Duane Aelick officiating. Calling will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Spurgeon Funeral Home in Brownstown and from 10 a.m. until service time Friday at the church. Burial will be at Fairview Cemetery in Brownstown, with military honors conducted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1925, American Legion Post No. 89, Disabled American Veterans No. 47 and Vietnam Vets No. 7.

Memorial contributions may be made through Spurgeon Funeral Home to Brownstown to Presbyterian Church or the Presbyterian Chaplain Fund.

Born in Jackson County Aug. 20, 1934, Mr. Robertson was the son of Richard S. and DeAlba Brodhecker Robertson. He married Ruth Horstman June 25, 1957, in Brownstown. She survives.

Other survivors include a son, R. Andrew (Sheryl) Robertson of Columbus; a daughter, Susan Robertson of Orlando, Fla.; a brother, John H. (Ruth) Robertson of Brownstown; a 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.

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