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Richard Robertson

Richard Robertson

Richard Robertson

Richard Brooks Robertson passed away on Oct. 6 at the age of 66. He will be remembered for his humor, ability to embellish stories, his love of nature and his infectious laughter.

Dick, as he was known to many, was an avid birder all his life. His most recent passion was identifying plants, especially in wetlands.

Dick was born in Bloomington, Ind. He was an Eagle Scout at age 13 which was unheard of, according to his mother. He graduated from Bloomington High School in 1964. Dick graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in biology and a Master of Arts in zoology. Dick spent a year working on the Alaskan pipeline before moving to Ohio with his family to work for Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. He spent many years working for the Ohio EPA specializing in water quality. He was also an adjunct biology professor at Antioch College for a number of years. He later became vice president of Stone Environmental Engineering and Science Inc. before starting his own company, Robertson Environmental, which he continued through his final job at WSU as an environmental scientist. Dick retired from WSU in March of this year. He continued working part time post retirement for Norton Engineering.

Dick spent many years volunteering for the Glen Helen Association, Beavercreek Wetlands Association and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs.

Dick is survived by his wife of 36 years, Kathy, daughters Kim (David) Miller and Eden (Kevin) Matteson of Yellow Springs, son Justin Robertson, mother Mary “Teeny” Robertson, brother John (Jackie) Robertson all of Indiana, sister Carol (Kevin) Keskeny of Montana and grandchildren Kyle, Gage and Nathan Miller and Eli and Violet Matteson of Yellow Springs, as well as an extended family and many friends whom he cherished. He was preceded in death by his son, Anthony Robertson and daughter, Heather Robertson.

Dick was a generous soul, always doing what he could do for his family and friends. He had a kind, thoughtful and gentle heart. His grandchildren will miss the laughter and fun he brought into their lives.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Glen Helen or Beavercreek Wetlands Association. A memorial service will be announced in a future issue of the Yellow Springs News.

Richard Robertson

 

Richard Brooks Robertson passed away on Oct. 6 at the age of 66. He will be remembered for his humor, ability to embellish stories, his love of nature and his infectious laughter. 

Dick, as he was known to many, was an avid birder all his life. His most recent passion was identifying plants, especially in wetlands. 

Dick was born in Bloomington, Ind. He was an Eagle Scout at age 13 which was unheard of, according to his mother. He graduated from Bloomington High School in 1964. Dick graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in biology and a Master of Arts in zoology. Dick spent a year working on the Alaskan pipeline before moving to Ohio with his family to work for Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. He spent many years working for the Ohio EPA specializing in water quality. He was also an adjunct biology professor at Antioch College for a number of years. He later became vice president of Stone Environmental Engineering and Science Inc. before starting his own company, Robertson Environmental, which he continued through his final job at WSU as an environmental scientist. Dick retired from WSU in March of this year. He continued working part time post retirement for Norton Engineering. 

Dick spent many years volunteering for the Glen Helen Association, Beavercreek Wetlands Association and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs.

Dick is survived by his wife of 36 years, Kathy, daughters Kim (David) Miller and Eden (Kevin) Matteson of Yellow Springs, son Justin Robertson, mother Mary “Teeny” Robertson, brother John (Jackie) Robertson all of Indiana, sister Carol (Kevin) Keskeny of Montana and grandchildren Kyle, Gage and Nathan Miller and Eli and Violet Matteson of Yellow Springs, as well as an extended family and many friends whom he cherished. He was preceded in death by his son, Anthony Robertson and daughter, Heather Robertson.  

Dick was a generous soul, always doing what he could do for his family and friends. He had a kind, thoughtful and gentle heart. His grandchildren will miss the laughter and fun he brought into their lives.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Glen Helen or Beavercreek Wetlands Association. A memorial service will be announced in a future issue of the Yellow Springs News.

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2 Responses to “Richard Robertson”

  1. Phillip Richey says:

    My condolences to the family. Dick was one of my best friends while growing up in Bloomington. We both attended Hunter School and were in the Scouts together at Hunter, and also were in the same BHS graduating class. I will always remember the good times we had, especially in scouting. May God bless all of you.

    Phil Richey
    Tampa, Florida

  2. Greg Merkle says:

    Kathy and family,

    I worked with Dick in the Dept. Environmental Health and Safety for the last 5 years and Dick was a joy to work with. The stories that could be told, the lively conversations that could had, or the things that could and would be said were what helped make the day. The office was a lot quieter when he retired, he said he wanted to enjoy being at home more and to able to sleep later in the morning. Hearing of Dick’s passing was unreal, this could not be happening or a bad dream, but it was true. We miss seeing and hearing from Dick and we will continue to miss him. There are good memories that we have with Dick and we have shared more than a few during this past week to give honor to Dick. I will miss talking with Dick.

    With deepest sympathy. Peace be with you.

    Greg Merkle
    Dept. Env. Health & Safety
    Wright State University

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