John Henry “Butch” Robertson, 78, of Brownstown, passed away Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at home.
Born Nov. 8, 1938, in Brownstown, he was the son of Richard S. and DeAlba Brodhecker Robertson, both of whom preceded him in death. On May 9, 2009, in Indianapolis, he married Ruth Beickman Robertson, who survives.
He worked at Robertson Corp. for more than 50 years and was president until his retirement. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam. He had been a member of The Peoples Bank board of directors since 1997 and was a member of Brownstown Presbyterian Church.
He served on the Jackson County Fair Board since 1968 and was chairman of a variety of committees. He served as vice-president for a record six years and served as fair board president from 1996 to 1998. In 1999, he became chairman of the carnival committee. This was by far his favorite position, and he would be there every day and stayed until the last penny was counted and the last ride closed.
He also was a member of several community organizations. He was secretary for the Brownstown Area Sesquicentennial steering committee in 1966. He had been a member of Brownstown Jaycees and Seymour Elks Lodge. He was a certified pyrotechnician and organized the Lake & Forest Club fireworks display every Fourth of July.
Butch spent countless hours at his favorite “landings.” He loved hanging with his friends at Sparky’s in the Florida Keys. At home, you could find him with “his boys” at Abe’s Landing.
He loved cheering on his grandkids at all their games. He never missed an opportunity to teach them one of his “limericks” or give them a high-five. He enjoyed tinkering in his workshop. He would rearrange until every piece of hardware was labeled and organized. He loved all boats, especially his Ski Supreme, which made the best power turns. He took pride in restoring his vintage wood Correct Craft boat.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Jami (Derick) Stuckwisch and Kirby (Justin) Stacks, all of Brownstown; grandchildren, Jack Stuckwisch, Hank Stuckwisch and Grady Stacks, all of Brownstown; his sister, Mary Sue Spurgeon; and several nieces and nephews and their families.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Phil Robertson, and a brother-in-law, Larry Spurgeon.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Brownstown Presbyterian Church with the Rev. John VanderZee and Pastor Jack Belk officiating. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Brownstown. Military honors will be presented by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1925, Seymour.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Spurgeon Funeral Home in Brownstown and from 10 a.m. until time of the service Saturday at Brownstown Presbyterian Church.
Memorials may be given to Brownstown Presbyterian Church, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Schneck Hospice, and St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
Memorials and condolences may be shared at spurgeonfh.com.